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Disc Golf Vision for Steele Indian School Park - Central Phoenix

There are now more than 6,000 Disc Golf courses in the United States and Canada. Disc golf has relatively low capital and maintenance costs compared with other recreational installations, is environmentally sound, is played year-round in all climates, and is enjoyed immediately even by beginners of all ages.

What is Disc Golf?

Disc Golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of hitting a ball into a hole, you throw a more streamlined looking Frisbee® disc into a supported metal basket. The goal is the same: To complete the course in the fewest number of shots.

  1. A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to each basket, which is the "hole."
  2. As players progress down the fairway, they must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs and terrain changes in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer.
  3. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket, and the hole is completed.

Who Can Play?

The simple answer is that everyone can. In studies measuring participation in recreational activities, "throwing a Frisbee" has consistently been a top-ten activity.

A disc golf course serves a broader portion of the community than many narrower interest activities with higher cost, skill, or fitness levels required to even begin to play.

Men and women, young and old, families with small children—all can play disc golf.

Because disc golf is so easy to understand and enjoy, no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities and proceed from there.

How Much Does It Cost to Play?

Many courses are located in city or regional parks where citizens play free.

Most private and several public facilities will charge up to $5 per day to play or earn passive income from annual passes and/or fees to enter the park.

The equipment itself is quite inexpensive—discs designed for golf sell for $8-$15 each, and only one is needed to get started.

Why a Disc Golf Course at Steele Indian School Park?

The installation the Course at Steele Indian School Park benefits the surrounding community by promoting recreation and fitness, enhancing outreach and recovery programs, and improving safety and conservation.

1. Recreation and Fitness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of obesity among children has more than tripled in the last 30 years. Data from the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) indicates that 17% of children 6 to 19 years old are overweight. The number of steps recommended each day for an active lifestyle is 10,000. Disc Golf can easily help to achieve that goal.

Hundreds of students visit the Park daily. These students are in desperate need of a flexible, inexpensive activity as an alternative to the lethargic “loitering” done sitting around the pavilions. The impact that disc golf could have on these teens could be incredible.

There are 6,000 students less than a quarter mile from the park.

Additionally, the first charter school for autistic children is across the street from the park. Organized sports can be a significant challenge for these children. Disc golf offers an alternative to formal, organized sports by offering a great experience regardless of skill-level or whether you play solo or with a group. (See Autism and the Sanctuary of the Chains: Father and Son Bond through Disc Golf.)

2. Outreach and Recovery

Many people use disc golf as a tool in their recovery efforts and help lead them through their darkest times. Two-time world Disc Golf champion Ricky Wysocki recently partnered with an organization called Collective Change to provide disc golf supplies and host a clinic at Calvary Healing Center, less than 3 miles from the Park, to promote the sport and raise awareness for the opioid epedemic. (See Using Disc Golf on the Road to Recovery.)

“I think the sport appeals to an addictive personality in a healthy way. I think it’s a great healthy outlet.” - Ricky Wysocki

3. Safety & Conservation

A course at Steele Indian School Park will give young people in the neighborhood a stake in its preservation and protection. Testimonials from different Recreations Departments show that the installation of a disc golf course has led to significant decreases in vandalism and litter, as users have a stake in keeping the courses and surrounding area clean and well-kept. Rich Dippel, Director of Parks and Recreation for South St. Paul had this to say:

"We had a problem with vandalism in certain areas of the park, but after the disc golf course was built, the increased activity in the park really decreased vandalism. It only takes a piece of park space that wasn’t being used and makes it an important part of the park system."

In June of 2019, the city of Albuquerque revealed new efforts to support the growing popularity of disc golf. Also in June of this year, Governor John Carney of Delaware joined Shawn Garvin, the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to promote tourism through disc golf at Killers Pond State Park. Vicenzo Sutlic, President of Delaware Disc Golf commented:

"It’s for everybody. I’ve known a lot of people who (disc golf) for physical therapy purposes, they can walk around and get out with their families. They can do as much as they want or as little as they want. It’s up to them.”

Thanks for learning about disc golf!

Contact jeremy@basket-makers.com for more information. Read more about Jeremy's love story with disc golf.

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