It seems like everything costs too much money, disc golf doesn’t have to though. It’s an inexpensive sport to get started and continue playing. I can make you a bag full of discs to play any course here at Sabattus Disc Golf for less than $100, that you get to keep forever. One of the biggest things I tell people is that you don’t need to be rich to play. It’s not like ball golf, which I’ll get to in a bit.
SDG boasts 3 of the top 100 courses in the world; the Hawk (23), the Eagle (62), and the Falcon (35) as decided on by UDisc. As a pay-to-play establishment, a full day of disc golf here costs $12 for unlimited play on the weekend, and only $11 for weekdays. Compare that to playing at the 23rd, 35th, and 62nd best ball golf courses in the world, where you can’t actually play recreationally without being a member. The initiation fee at Winged Foot (23rd ranked ball golf course in the world) is $200,000. So let’s stop right there and take an even closer look. You could buy a 1000 yearly passes to Sabattus Disc Golf for slightly less than that. But how about just a local ball golf course, you’ll need a set of clubs ($250), tees that you break ($5), balls you’ll lose ($20), and an average of ($36) to play a round of 18 without a cart. So by the time you’ve invested the $300 worth of stuff, you’ve only played a single round and you’ve probably already lost some of it.
Let’s take a look at the average cost of some other pass times:
- To play baseball you’ll need a glove ($40), a pair of cleats ($60), pants ($25), socks ($10), a jersey ($30), baseballs to practice with ($72), and your team will likely give you a hat for free. That’s still $237 bucks before the fee to play, and if you’re buying a bat it’s going to be another couple hundred.
- An Xbox1 is currently $300, with a subscription to live being another $40 a year, then tack on however much a game is going to cost, and if that game has DLC it’s going to cost even more. You’re looking at at least $400 to get started.
- Soccer, “the world's game”, still costs money. You need cleats ($50), socks ($15), shin guards ($20), mouthguard ($10). That’s $95 before paying the fees to join a team for a season. That cost can be as low as $25 and as high as $800. Soccer isn’t as cheap as it seems either, believe me I’ve played for most of my life.
The point I’m trying to get at is, disc golf is inexpensive. You can play it solo, with a friend, or with a large group (tournament). Yes, some players can spend $300 on a bag, $300 on a cart, $25 on each disc, easily dropping $1000in merch. But you don’t need all that to start playing. Here’s my list of how to start playing for $100. You get a bag, putters, a straight flying mid, a couple of understable drivers, and a high speed driver that’s great for forehand or backhand, and everyone needs to have a towel in their bag. So let’s break that down:
Innova Starter Shoulder Bag $12.49
DX Aviar (2) $14.98
XT Mako3 $11.49
DX Leopard $7.49
Star Sidewinder $14.49
Champion Wraith $14.49
Dewfly Towel $7.49
That’s all going to be $87.48 after taxes, which leaves you $12 to get your weekend day pass to play as much disc golf as your arm can handle. And if you’re a numbers stickler, we sell airheads for .50 in the Pro Shop for a snack which brings you to $100.
One thing I find myself doing now is measuring the cost of non-disc items in terms of disc value. No seriously, I think about how dinner out on date can cost 2 premium plastic discs. Going to the movies, that’s another disc. Paying my car bill, that’s like a new bag! It’s kind of a unique way of measuring, but it really is a little thing that pops into my head. Maybe I’m just weird, let me know in the comments if that’s the case.
If you’re looking for a hobby or trying to convince someone to get into the sport show them this. You can get everything you need to play for a smaller amount of money and it’s a lifelong sport. You don’t need a new disc every time you go out to play, unless you are really bad and lose one every round. Sometimes you’ll get two or three in a day, other times you go months without a new disc in your bag. It’s a little at a time, nothing major all at once. This is just one more reason that disc golf is a perfect sport for just about anybody.
May your discs miss all the trees,
Andrew Streeter #70397