Muskoka Summer Activities: Learning How to Play Disc Golf

How to Play Disc Golf: A pair of disc golfers take shots at the Gloucester Pool Course.

If you didn’t know, the Ontario disc golfing scene is experiencing a renaissance, and Severn Lodge is here for it! Our nine-hole compact course, meticulously designed by Fluent Disc Sport, offers a unique and enjoyable experience for friends and families learning how to play disc golf. So, if you’re curious about the rules and technicalities of this exciting outdoor activity, we have a basic guide to help you navigate your way to your next favorite summer hobby.

A Quick Introduction to Disc Golf

The Gloucester Trail Course at Severn Lodge is a delightful addition to our many onsite activities. Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, combines the strategic elements of traditional golf with the casual, accessible nature of throwing flying discs (discs are far less than golf clubs, and most courses are free). The objective is simple: complete each hole in as few throws as possible, aiming to land your disc in the target basket.

Disc Golf Equipment and Rules

Although there are a few different ways to play disc golf, the game has several consistencies. To begin your disc golf journey, you only need one or more baskets and a set of discs specifically designed for the sport. Disc types include drivers, mid-range discs, and putters, each serving a different purpose. Guests can rent or purchase discs from us, ensuring you have everything you need to get started. 

Once you have some discs, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the rules of disc golf. Similar to traditional golf, players take turns throwing their discs from designated tee areas, aiming to reach the target basket in as few throws as possible. You must stand behind the previously thrown disc lands, and whoever has the least throws wins. Depending on the rigidity of your play style, there are a few rules about the placement of discs that go out of bounds. For example, if the disc flies off the fairway into the woods, some players will allow you to move the disc to the nearest spot on the fairway, while others are less forgiving.

Disc Golf Techniques

Learning to play disc golf is one thing, but getting better requires dedication to learning different throwing strategies and understanding disc dynamics. The most basic techniques are backhand throws and forehand throws, each offering its own advantages and challenges. New disc golfers typically start out throwing in the way that feels best. Still, learning how to throw both ways allows you to guide the disc in different directions based on how it’s spinning. There are also different ways to hold the disc upon release, known as “hyzer” and “anhyzer,” that will greatly affect its trajectory. Finally, putting is a short-distance throw that is usually done from an underhand position.

Severn Lodge: Your Family Resort in Muskoka

Muskoka Resorts All-Inclusive: An aerial view of Severn Lodge on Gloucester Pool.

Our disc golf course offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for players of all skill levels. With lush fairways, wooded areas, and stunning views of the surrounding landscape, each hole presents a unique opportunity to test your skills and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re aiming for an ace or simply enjoying a leisurely round with loved ones, our layout provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable disc golf experience. As you plan your next getaway at Severn Lodge, be sure to add “learn how to play disc golf” to your itinerary!