Farmington Parks and Recreation is starting a new indoor disc golf league, with an emphasis on accessibility for new players.
Jon Kekec, the league’s co-organizer, said the sport is exploding across the country and is similar to traditional golf, but with a twist.
“You’re playing golf, but with a Frisbee,” Kekec said. “Instead of playing into a hole, you’re throwing into a basket that stands erect with chains hanging down from it. You throw the disc into the chains and it falls into the basket. The fewest strokes is the winner.”
The “putting” league will play for six weeks in 2018 at the Farmington Civic Center. Kekec said to find a comparable indoor league, a person would have to travel hours from the Parkland to Cape Girardeau or St. Louis.
It is referred to as a “putting” league because the distances are shorter than the average outdoor disc golf course.
“You can compare it to mini golf, because it’s a lot more accessible to the masses,” he said. “It’s easier to play for the general public than regular disc golf and it’s a great launching pad for beginners, because it teaches you the fundamentals.”
While most indoor leagues play from a distance of 30 to 40 feet, Kekec said he and his wife designed the course for a maximum of 30 feet, with opportunity to play from shorter distances, depending upon performance.
“My wife and I kind of co-designed the game that we’re going to be playing in the league,” he said. “It’s a game that utilizes four different distances of 15, 20, 25 and 30 feet. Basically, all the players start at 15 feet and you throw two shots when it’s your turn. If you make them both, you move back. If you make one, you stay put and if you don’t make any you move forward.
“The purpose of creating the league this way is that most leagues play at around 30 feet and that’s it. From a beginner’s standpoint, that can be a very frustrating scenario—going to a league and you just miss all night long. So we decided to create this game that goes back and forth. There’s some intricate rules, but the gist of it is you move forward or backward the more or less you make.”
Even if those interested have never played disc golf before and have no discs of their own, the registration fee for the league includes the cost of the equipment to get you started.
“The $20 registration fee includes a disc and a mini, so you’ll have everything you need right off the bat,” Kekec said. “Discs are anywhere from $10 to $20, so you’re getting your money’s worth right there. Not to mention you get to play in the putting league for six weeks straight, indoors to beat the cold.”
Participants will be randomly paired each week, so the skill level of partners will change each time the league meets. League standings will be tracked and awarded after the sixth week in addition to nightly prizes for top performers.
“You earn more plastic and more discs to play with,” Kekec said. “It’s kind of like building a golf bag. Like in golf, you need lots of different clubs to play with, so you’ll need different discs for different shots. There will also be T-shirts and disc golf apparel.”
The first night of league play will take place on Feb. 16 at the Farmington Civic Center. Those interested can register in person at the civic center or online at www.farmington-mo.gov.