Aside from general courtesies, each golf hole begins with a tee-off and then throwing until the players have all reached the basket, just as in golf. Each throw is counted as a "stroke" to determine a score.
Penalties that you incur as you play also count as a stroke. At the end of the game, the player who took the fewest strokes or throws wins. It’s as simple as that, but so much more fun than you could ever imagine!
A couple of rules that everyone from beginner to advanced should always follow are:
- Keep your course clean for others to enjoy. Do not liter.
- Be courteous to other players. Stand quietly while they drive, approach, and putt and try to stay behind or at least off the line of sight while they throw.
- Never throw into a blind area or into people. People on the trail have the ‘right of way’, meaning wait for people on the trail to move safely out of your range.
- Tee throws must be completed within the designated tee areas.
- After teeing off, the player whose disc is farthest from the hole (basket) always throws first. Never throw until the players ahead of you are out of range, and until the fairway is completely clear of spectators and park guests.
- The player with the least amount of throws on the previous hole is the first to tee-off on the next hole. Golf is a game on honor and etiquette.
- A disc that comes to rest inside the disc golf basket or chains constitutes successful completion of that hole. A disc that comes to rest on top or outside of the basket does NOT count as a completion of the hole.
- A throw that lands out of bounds must be played from the point where the disc was last inbounds, with a one throw penalty. Water, roads, parking lots, and over fences are normal disc golf out of bounds hazards.
- Throws after the tee shot must be made with one foot on the spot where the last throw came to rest. The other foot shall not be any closer to the hole.
- A run-up and normal follow through, after release, is allowed more than 10 meters (33 feet) from the hole. Inside 10 meters, “Falling” or “jumping putts” are not allowed. A player shall show balance after the putt (inside 10 meters).
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