From past to present: exploring an NW fad

Disc golf is becoming an ever more popular sport at Northwestern College. NW used to be home to a disc golf course that many students still use.

Various light poles around campus had spray painted gold bars on them, which provided a makeshift course for students to play without having to travel to an actual course.

“The actual term is ‘disc golf’ you use frisbees for ‘ultimate frisbee’,” junior Brian Follett said.

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf in terms of rules and scoring. However, it differs by throwing a plastic disc off the tee box into, eventually, a chained basket.

Follett prefers to take his talent off campus and play at actual disc golf courses in Sioux Center and LeMars. Follett has recently gotten into disc golf in the summer of 2015.

“I went a couple of times with friends and was truly terrible. By the end of the summer I was alright so I stuck with it,” Follett said.

It was not until mid-July this past summer that Follett began to buy his own discs.

“I started playing every single day for the rest of the summer. I bought a ton of discs and a bag,” Follett said. “I have only been seriously playing for about four months.”

Follett sees himself playing disc golf long-term.

“I hope this winter to get some reps in the Juffer, which I have done before. This summer I want to play a lot in Colorado,” Follett said. “About a year from now I would like to enter into a couple of tournaments.

Follett is currently playing in a disc league 6 p.m. Tuesday in Le Mars for $5.

“I play random doubles best disc,” Follet said. “It’s a really fun way to play some disc with some cool guys.”

Follett’s love for disc golf started from his roommates who play golf.

“I love the concept of golf, but I’m so bad,” Follett said. “I want to get good but the clubs are expensive. I found out that I could get good at disc golf; same concept, cheaper, and frankly more fun.”

Follett has gone discing with many different people from NW.

“I have probably gone with 15 different people on campus,” Follett said. “If I can’t find anyone I usually end up going by myself and I get more reps in.”

According to the United States Disc Golf Championship’s official website, disc golf is a growing sport in the U.S. and its popularity is increasing across public parks.

“I have lost four discs and of course my name and number is on all of them,” Follett said. “If you find one, please give me a call.”