Until a few months ago, I had never thrown a disc, much less played a round of disc golf.
The only thing I knew about the game was to not call it “frolf.”
Things have changed. I played my first round as research for this article and it quickly turned into something much, much bigger.
I now have a farmer’s tan, a touch of poison oak, sturdier calf muscles, a problem controlling something called a “hyzer” and, I think it’s safe to say, a new hobby.
I also now realize that when I was introduced to a tall kid named Ricky last year, I was shaking hands with one of the best disc golf players in the world, Ricky Wysocki.
Ben Baker, a local disc golf player who competes in the advanced amateur division, was the one who introduced me to Wysocki. He joined me to talk about local courses in the area, Santa Cruz’s place in the disc golf world, and some resources available for players of all skill levels. (You can listen to the audio below.)
Disc Golf Basics
You can find discs at many sporting goods stores now, but there are a few preferred spots for local players.
DJ’s Mini Mart, conveniently on the way to DeLaveaga, has a good selection, as does Play It Again Sports in Soquel. For new players, the shop at the DeLaveaga Disc Golf Course–also called “The Shack“– may be the best option since experienced players will be able to give advice about which discs are better for beginners.
Where To Buy Discs In Santa Cruz
DJ’s Mini Mart 833 Water St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 426-1722
Play It Again Sports 4770 Soquel Dr. Soquel, CA 95073 (831) 475-1988
DeLaveaga Disc Golf Shop 401 Upper Park Rd. Santa Cruz, CA 95065 (831) 423-7214
Resources For Learning Disc Golf
Throwing Charts – PDFs from Innova Discs that explain the basics of disc throwing form and technique.
Glossary of Terms – Another resource from Innova and one that you’ll need if you’re new to the game.
Stability Guide – A simple explanation of which discs will go right or left when you throw them, also known as “stability.” Good information to know and helpful when choosing the right disc.
Disc Golf Course Review – The go-to website when it comes to finding a course in your area. They have an excellent mapping feature, course reviews, information and pictures.
Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) – The PDGA website has information about tournaments, membership (anyone can join), current rankings, and a course directory.
Tournament Coverage – Central Coast Disc Golf is a great Youtube channel for watching local and regional tournament coverage and “In the bag” videos of professional players.