SUPERIOR, Wisconsin — Mark Twain once described golf as a good walk gone bad. Not so, say disc golf enthusiasts, and Twain never got a chance to play.
Dark gray skies did not scare away the legions that stormed Mount Du Lac on Friday. It was one of 6 local disc golf courses needed to host the Lake Superior open.
350 disc throwers were in the area for this stop on the Wisconsin tour. This is the 17th year at Mont Du Lac.
What gives people the disc golf bug? Well, it’s a couple of things.
Bryan Lagergren of the Mont du Lac Disc Golf Program said: “They like to see the disc fly. And when you really go out and start throwing them around, and start making them do what you want them to do, then you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s cool,’ you know. There are a lot of fanatical people. And especially since COVID, everybody wants to be outside and do stuff. Disc golf’s growth has exploded since then.”
Disc golf also has a major advantage over its tamer, white-ball-chasing cousins. Disc golf is played throughout the year. In that case, they leave the slopes to the skiers and take the game and its discs to the frozen, snow-covered woods.
The open continues through Sunday at Mont Du Lac, as do disc courses at the Upper Municipal Forest, and Carlton.