Not your average golfers

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Posted Wed, Apr 2, 2014

Tyler hall rips a drive. [Photo by: Tommy Trask]

Tyler Hall rips a drive. [Photo by Tommy Trask]

Denver–The mantra of every disc golf course peacefully emits its own personality–the professionals serenely throwing their discs into baskets while the rest of the world goes to work.

Justin Leazer, owner of Colorado Disc Co., a local tournament organizer and promoter, knows that the sport has grown considerably.  His goal for the sport is for professional players to just be able to play disc golf–instead of requiring additional income. “While we encourage people to play on the open level, what grows the sport is the interest we get from the average Joe,” says Leazer referring to upcoming local tournaments. The open level of play tournament players exhibit is much higher than the level of play of the players on the recreational level so sign up for tournaments depending on your current skill level.

Disc golf is a blast

Justin Leazer shoots for par. [Photo by: Tommy Trask]

Justin Leazer shoots for par. [Photo by Tommy Trask]

Parks around the world fill up on weekends with the sounds of a massive amount of people banging plastic discs into metal chains. Leazer knows this and has watched the sport grow along with everybody else over the last decade. So much so, that when he plays disc golf, he looks for ways to set the course up for tournament play.

Tournament play involves many rules,but amateur and first-time players can play for free anywhere, anytime, provided they bring their own disc., Discs run about $10-$40 apiece, and you need three to play if you want to carry a driver, a mid-range disc and a putter.

It helps to have three discs because most disc golf holes are par-3 or par 4’s, and most holes are 200-300 plus yards in distance. The obstacles, such as trees, between you and the basket, require at least two of the three discs on every hole–due to the distance factor alone, but the discs do fly incredibly well.

Not even a snowstorm can stop Justin Leazer's tournaments. [Photo by: Justin Leazer]

Not even a snowstorm can stop Justin Leazer’s tournaments, Temp. 16 degrees Fahrenheit. [Photo by Justin Leazer]

On the other hand, if you show up at any course early in the morning, a fellow disc golfer may just give you some old plastic. Disc golfers care about the courses and the people there. They are a very friendly and considerate group of people wherever you go on any given disc golf course.

Jared Roan, a professional disc golfer from Colorado has recently lit the professional disc golf scene on fire next to professionals such as Paul McBeth.

“Amazing player from Colorado,” says Leazer praising Roan’s accomplishments. He proclaimed Ken Climo as, “the winner of disc golf,” and rightfully so–Climo is a 12-time World Champion.

The whole world knows the sport is growing, just go to a park and you will see it firsthand. “In five years I’ve seen it grow a lot man,” says Colorado disc golf enthusiast Tyler Hall.

Left to right: Shawn Alfano, Justin Leazer, and Ryan Kraus stroll leisurely down the Dry Gulch disc golf course trail next to the light rail near 13th avenue.

Left to right: Shawn Alfano, Justin Leazer, and Ryan Kraus stroll leisurely down the Dry Gulch Disc Golf Course trail, next to the light rail, near 13th and Federal Boulevard. [Photo by Tommy Trask]

“There are tournaments going on in Europe and Japan, you know, it’s definitely grown.”

For most disc-slingers the sport of disc golf is more about life, than it is about banging chains. “The comradery that goes along with it…kinda’ like a big family, an extension of our families,” says Brenden Zedlitz, proud owner of four disc golf hole-in-ones [aces].

Zedlitz throws the disc with the greatest of ease, yet, he throws it far…maybe not as far as McBeth and Roan. But really far nonetheless.

Disc golf is an easy sport that anybody can learn how to play. The young and the elderly even avidly enjoy it. Disc golf isn’t going anywhere anytime soon so….

Get out and play! 

To sign up for local Denver metro-area tournaments visit: http://www.mhdgc.org/events

For national and international tournaments visit: www.pdga.com

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Tommy Trask

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Thomas Trask is a Denver-Area Freelance Writer and Convergent Journalist.

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2 Responses to “Not your average golfers”

  1. James Says:

    Great article, but one correction:

    “most holes are 200-300 plus FEET in distance”

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    • Tommy Trask
      Tommy Trask Says:

      You are a 100% correct James. I’m not sure why I accidentally wrote yards and didn’t catch it before I sent it to editing. Lesson learned…there are a couple of other little errors in there as well. Great catch, I’ll tell the editor so we can get that fixed ASAP. Thank you

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