Ask pro disc golfer Shane Seal why he loves the sport and its: camaraderie, diversity, travel. This is a friendly sport for a friendly guy. A competitive guy. “I like to say, I don’t always play in tournaments but when I do, I am looking to win.”
Lafreniere Park in Metairie, Louisiana. Disc golfers must be patient. Courses are usually free but they are often shared.
Disc golf is similar to ball golf. You tee off at a designated spot and then continue to throw until you get your disc into the basket. “My wife doesn’t really play disc golf but she comes and plays with me and she probably has more fun than I do. She’s just out here enjoying the scenery.”
Seal has been ranked as high as 4th in the world and is undefeated in his last four tournaments. By day, he’s a system engineer for Apple in schools throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. But when that bell rings... “Schools close up at 4 o’clock. Those are my customers so then I’m looking for the local course in whatever town I’m in.”
Find a Disc Golf Course near you. Most towns in the US have a league. The fast growing sport is played in 40 countries.
Disc Golf 101. Seal teaches it. He designed the curriculum for Pearl River Community College in Mississippi and helped launch a scholarship program there. “Disc sports have given me a lot of confidence,” says the former introvert. “Now I just walk up and say, hey can you tell me where hole one is? Would you mind if I tag along?” Seal is sponsored by Discraft.
Shane Seal started as a disc golfer by playing ultimate frisbee
DISC GOLF FUN FACTS
- Why not call it Frisbee Golf? Because ‘Frisbee’ is a licensed trademark.
- The sport was invented in 1926 in Saskatchewan, Canada by school boys with tin lids.
- Disc golf is the 4th fastest growing sport in United States, behind MMA, Roller Derby, and Parkour.