Frisbee Disc Golf Courses The Woodlands

Frisbee Disc Golf Courses The Woodlands

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Frisbee Disc Golf Courses in The Woodlands Texas

There are four Frisbee Disc Golf Courses in The Woodlands Texas, Terramont Park DGC, Bear Branch Sports Complex DGC, Stone Bridge Church DGC (not actually in The Woodlands), and Maersk Line DGC which is private. Other, nearby courses include the Tim Martin DGC at Woodsedge Church, and the nearby Spring Valley DGC,  both on Gosling road.

Bear Branch Disc Golf

The most robust disc golf course is at Bear Branch Sports Park in terms of tees, landscape, and water hazards is located at the Bear Branch Sports Complex on Research Forest across from the Bear Branch Recreation Center. The Bear Branch Disc Golf Course features 18 baskets, par 54 for the Jake Walsdorf designed course. The course begins with the first tee-box next to the sidewalk leading down to the pond on the south side of the park.

Terramont Disc Golf Course

Terramont Park in Village of Sterling Ridge is home to a 9 hole disc golf course in The Woodlands. Opened in 2005 and designed by Jake Walsdorf this course features significant elevation changes and a lightly wooded atmosphere. This course is shorter, so many people play the course twice. The course layout can be a bit tricky for a first-timer with the elevation changes and is partially shared with the open area so watch out for children and pets while throwing.

Stonebridge Disc Golf Course

Stonebridge Church Disc Golf Course is accessible from both Research Forest Drive and FM 1488. This disc golf course offers disc golfers a full round of 18 holes on predominantly flat and semi-wooded acreage. Once again, par remains at 54 with a mix of doglegs and a lake that comes into play on three holes. The course is open on off- hours and weekends when the gates on FM 1488 entrance are open.

Woodsedge Disc Golf Course

Tim Martin Disc Golf Course is located at 25333 Gosling Rd, 77389 / Woodsedge Community Church in Spring Texas. While the church website promotes an 18 hole course, recent conversations (06/2023)  suggest only the first nine holes are available for play.

Frisbee Disc Golf Set

According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, the object of the game is to traverse a golf-like course from beginning to end with the fewest number of throws of the disc at each of the goals. Frisbee golf courses are typically comprised of either 9 or 18 ‘holes’ or goals similar to a traditional golf course, with the disc golf course being the (much) shorter of the two making the holes all within short, walking distance. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf but, instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®.

The sport was formalized in the 1970’s and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest throws. A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target/basket which is the “hole”. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is a “Pole Hole“®; an elevated metal basket laced with a lightweight chain. Frisbee golf, aka Disc golf and by a lesser known acronym “FROLF“, is a game using a modified version of the very popular, traditional Frisbee in which individual players throw the flying disc into a basket, or sometimes the disc may be thrown at a target. Playing Frisbee Disc Golf Courses in The Woodlands Texas is easily accessible for those who like to get out and toss a Frisbee disc around. And while you could play with a standard Frisbee, modified discs are highly recommended. The Bear Branch Sports Fields at Bear Branch Park 18 hole, par 54, Terramont Park 9 hole, par 27, and a 18 hole, par 54 course at Stonebridge Church (gated entry). PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory Map. Avid Disc Golfers may have noticed the Disc Golf Course in Research Forest, the Maersk Line DGC. This is a private course is described as a short private course on Maersk Line company property featuring 9 tees playing to 6 baskets. Other area disc golf courses include Eric Paddy Memorial Disc Golf Course in Tomball, river plantation, and a pay-course in Spring.

Traditional vs Disc Golf

There are similarities between the traditional game of gold and disc golf end. Frisbee golf courses typically only have trails versus paved pathways, and the “greens” are generally not manicured or maintained to the same degree as a course at your local country club. Frisbee Disc Golf courses are au natural, and will likely include some or all yet not limited to the following: trees, rocks, ditches, and members of the outdoor insect, and of course, the animal group. The holes, or basket goals are comprised of galvanized metal and stand about 4′ tall or more. The discs come in a variety of sizes, weights and designs. A 9 hole Frisbee golf course can usually be completed in less than 2 hours and includes a wide variety of hazards such as ponds, trees, hills, and other natural and man-made obstacles.

Disc Golf History

* The Frisbie Pie Company did not distribute outside New England. Baked goods in the 1800’s were distributed within relatively confined areas, due to their perishable nature. However, it is conceivable that a Frisbie tin might have ended up in Hill Valley, California, in a bundle of household goods, and been used for baking homemade pies. Although the Frisbee disc and the Frisbie pie tin have different spellings, the brand names were pronounced the same. The Frisbie Pie Company was a business firm in Bridgeport, Connecticut which was founded in 1871 and delivered baked goods in the United States geographical region of New England. “Marty looked down at the pie plate still in his hands. He whipped it at Tannen with his best frisbee toss. And the plate sailed straight and true, right into Tannen’s gun hand! / The gun went off. Buford’s gang backed off as the bullet sailed through Doc’s hat.”
—From Back to the Future Part III by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 128)

The history of disc golf is thought to be closely tied to the somewhat mysterious history of the recreational flying disc (especially Wham-O Inc.’s trademarked Frisbee’s) rumored to have been invented in the early 1900’s (not exactly as demonstrated in Back to the Future III *). Disc golf has roots in the late 1960’s, when it seems to have been independently started in various locales and by different people. Two well-known figures in the sport of Frisbee golf are George Sappenfield and “Steady Ed” Headrick who coined the term “Disc Golf” and introduced the first formal disc golf target or goal with chains and a basket, the Mach 1. In 1975, Headrick formed the first disc golf association, the PDGA, which now officiates the standard rules of play for the sport. The sport has grown in popularity at a rate of 12-15 percent annually, with nearly 3,000 courses in the US. The game is now played in over 40 countries worldwide, primarily in North America, Western Europe, Japan and Australia.

Frisbee Pie Plate - Back to the future disc

Disc Golf Strategy

Many who enjoy FROLF, will use a large, heavy disc as a driver. A large Disc Golf Driver for example, increases distance, and might be used for the initial shot towards a given hole. Be careful as they tend to climb high and could become lodged into a tree. Traditional Disc Golf putting discs are great for going through trees. Use a small, rubbery disc as your putter and when social hazards abound; this helps in case your disc should collide with someone, it just bounces off of them and becomes a reason for social interaction (bonus points) instead of a real hazard.

Disc golf in the woodlands needs techniques which avoid hitting trees with discs like putters and midrange drivers with a rounded nose to minimize ricocheting further into the woods. Examples of these throws include tunnel shots, throwing low backhand, and forehand shots for tighter lines.

What is Frolf?

FROLF is a user driven disc golf community which aims to bring FROLF players together. Players can track and compare their scores, view statistics such as overall shot breakdown (eagles, birdies, etc) and see how they rank against other players and their friends. FROLF course schemes allow multiple course layouts to be represented in the system. Not every FROLF course has a set par for each hole and the various schemes allow players to create their own course and par for each hole. FROLF, unlike Disc Golf, is a free-form amorphous game, played among friends in a social setting without the confines of a static course design and conformity. The game is part of a positive social interaction, and does no harm to living creatures or property. Rules change based on user preferences, and can include or exclude weather conditions, moving targets, crowds, time of day, random issues and skill levels of the players, much like Calvin-ball (see Calvin and Hobbes). FROLF is based on a friendly spirited, non-competitive, and socially interactive game. The Spirit of the game is the only standing rule, all else is up for discussion and negotiation by the players on the field. Violating the spirit of the game, while not a penalty, it can be used when discussing whether a disputed shot should be scored.

What is different about FROLF?

Since FROLF is a social game rather than a competitive game, individuals typically take on specific roles to support the continuous progression of play. Discs can end up in trees, on 2nd story porches, bounce or land on top of cars, in the beds of pickup trucks as well as various water hazards. For these situations you need a “Climber”. The Climber accepts their role as accidental disc loss recovery crew. Arguably the most important and most used member of the team. The Climbers chosen task is to climb trees, houses, or whatever object, or even reach out and grab the disc in mid-flight. Intentionally throwing a disc into an obstacle relieves the Climber from any recovery responsibility. Keep the rules in your favor. If you can’t make long drives, then keep your called shots short. If you can’t putt, then make the holes longer in distance with more hazards.

Additionally, FROLF is a game that can be played wherever you are. This may include areas where other people are enjoying the same space. Occasionally, a disc will not go where it was intended, and will collide with an innocent bystander, someone’s yard, a car or other man-made obstacle. For these situations, you may need a “Negotiator.” The Negotiator must be confident, solid, quick-witted, socially interactive individual who is not afraid to fix situations caused either by themselves or by others in the group. The Negotiator must be able to discuss concepts of the game with a potentially irate individual, who may or may not share your same sense of a socially interactive sport. Good Negotiators will have an opportunity to include various individuals into the game allowing for bonus points and a larger team

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