Let’s be serious here.
Well, not so serious.
Sometimes, these polls will take a light-hearted approach to try and get some discussion going and just see what people are doing in the world of disc golf.
That’s kind of where we’re going with this week’s poll.
In the United States, this past weekend (for most people) was a long, three-day one. With a federal holiday on Monday, that made for some free time.
So we’re curious about those of you who played this weekend and if you have any stories!
More on that in a moment.
First, let’s check back with last week’s poll and see what some readers had to say.
Last week, we asked you how far you would walk or hike to play a disc golf course. Only 73 of you voted, but it was still somewhat surprising how the results panned out.
The winning selection was more than a mile, picked by 25 (34 percent) of the voters. A quarter of a mile (18 votes/25 percent) was next, followed by a mile (12 votes/16 percent), half a mile (11 votes/15 percent) and across the parking lot (7 votes/10 percent).
Though realizing disc golfers can be outdoors enthusiasts and hikers, it still would have been hard to pick more than a mile as the winning selection. After all, carrying the bag and such for more than a mile before you play, then tackle the course, then (maybe) have to hike back? Yikes!
Let’s see what some people had to say:
Bocephus Moonshine said:
One local course used to be a nine hole course with a 0.3 mile hike between the parking lot and the first hole. That hike never kept me from playing the course. Now it’s an 18 hole course with the first hole very close to the parking lot. Walking out through the wilderness used to freak out my girlfriend, but I would tease her, telling her, “You don’t have to outrun the wildlife, you just have to outrun me.”
I see getting out to play a round as an opportunity to get exercise, so if I were to add a mile or two to the amount I walk, I think it would be a good thing.
It is definitely a form of exercise. And another way to look at it would be it’s a good warm up before actually playing.
I’d walk a half mile I think. But it really all depends. What’s the buzzz about the course. Is it one of those “must plays?” Am I traveling especially abroad, and its the only course within my travel plans? Time of day might also come into play, or time of year. I voted a half mile. A bit of a hike before you even start, but not unreasonable if its “the” course I thought it was.
Of course I prefer to drive right up to an empty course.
There’s definitely going to be factors involved with deciding if the walk is worth it. If it’s not a great course, it might be worth it if it’s in a nice place to hike. In that case, maybe a putter or something only? But the idea of driving up to an empty course has to be something most would like!
Kevin King said:
I don’t think that I’ve ever played a course that didn’t start right by the parking lot, so I’ve been spoiled. I’d probably find it pretty annoying to have the need to walk any further than a quarter mile to play.
As for how long I *would* walk to play – I’d probably walk to the moon if there was a course there.
If one is not used to walking to the first hole, it makes sense it could be annoying.
Cosimo R says:
About three miles would usually be OK. More than that, and the walk (both ways) starts to take such a significant amount of time it would make me reconsider. In any case, the nearest good course is five and a half miles away, and I’ve walked that.
Actually, in most cases – and I’m not just talking about disc golf courses here – if something’s about three miles away or less, I’ll generally just walk unless I’m in a hurry. Of course I’ll walk longer if walking/hiking is the main activity
It’s probably a safe bet that you’re in a minority being willing to walk six miles round trip to get to the first tee and then back. But it’s to be commended. You’d have to plan quite a bit of extra time for the three-mile walk to the tee and then the three-mile walk back. Now if it’s out of choice, great. But if it’s a course in the middle of the woods somewhere with the only access being hiking… it’d be fun to see how many people would be willing to do that distance for a course. But could you imagine the work getting the baskets and tee boxes out there?
Thanks to all who voted and all the others who commented.
Now on with this week.
With the long weekend in the United States, we want to know if you played disc golf this weekend. Even if you didn’t have the long weekend, feel free to chime in, vote and comment.
If you played, where was it? Anything out of the ordinary? A great course or a bad one? Something funny or crazy happen? Did you win a tournament? Let us know in the comments below.