Night disc golf is a game played using the same rules of regular golf except, instead of a golf ball, you use a frisbee disc. The disc is thrown at a target; a disc golf basket, with the aim of hitting the target in the least number of throws.
Disc golf can be played either during the day or at night. To play at night, you need glow-in-the-dark discs for visibility. Unlike most regular sports and games that are heavy on competition, night disc golf is a game designed to bring out the most fun from the players. Yes, you'll be competing, but in a fun and exciting way.
If you've never played night disc golf before, here's your guide on what you need to know to play like a pro.
Coordinate with Your Friends
Like any other game, night disc golf requires more than one player. You'll be throwing your discs out in the dark and might need help finding them. A group of at least four players is ideal, but the more, the merrier. In addition, playing outside at night poses a safety concern. You don't want to be out alone in the dark―there's safety in numbers.
Divide yourselves up into teams and get led discs with different colors to match each team. That way, it's easy to keep track of which disc belongs to which team for easy score tracking.
Find a Space that's Safe to Play at Night
Night disc golf requires a disc golf course or any open space that's accessible at night. As mentioned before, safety is paramount, especially when you're out in the dark. Find a location that's secure and minimally crowded. A place where you and your friends can run around freely and without being a distraction to others. You also don't want to run the risk of hitting a passerby with a frisbee disc.
Prepare Your Night Disc Golf Setup
Now that you have selected your ideal location, it's time to set up the playing field. Here's a checklist of night disc golf essentials:
- A flashlight
- Score tracking equipment: a pen and paper or your phone
- Microfiber towel: To wipe off water
- Disc retriever: For fetching discs from water
- Water bottle: You'll need to stay hydrated
- Food/snacks: To fuel you through the game
- Disc golf bag for your gear
- Alternative clothing in case it rains
Select a spot to position the disc golf basket. Secure the basket in place at the far end of the playing field. If you don't have led discs, use discs with fluorescent paint on them or lights. Another alternative is to attach fluorescent glow tape to regular discs to make them glow in the dark.
Be Sure to Have Fun
Once you have everything set up, get your team ready to play and have fun. The goal is to throw the frisbee discs as close to the target as possible. With your dominant hand, thrust the disc forward with all your arm strength and your eyes set on the target. Go ahead and put your back into it!
Don't forget to keep score. At the end of the game, collect the discs, clean them up and pack them in the disc golf bag. Check through your items to make sure everything is in place. And there you have it― that's how you play disc golf like a pro.