disc golfer walking through snow at Woodlands Park in Perrysburg, Ohio

Don’t listen to the haters, disc golf in the winter is fun!

Some of my fondest memories as a kid are being out in the snow, playing football, basketball, hockey, or just throwing snowballs at my siblings or friends. Now that disc golf has taken over as my main hobby the last few years, it only makes sense that I’d love throwing these wonderful plastic circles in the snow. In fact, my very first PDGA tournament win came in the snow (Shoutout two members of Team Saucy, Hayden and Braden, who I beat in said tournament).

I’ve heard so many people grumble about how cold it is playing during the winter. Ok, sure, it is cold. They make thermal shirts and pants, handwarmers, gloves, coats, boots, etc. to help with that. Once you start moving, you’ll hardly notice the cold. In fact, I’ve even had to shed layers during tournaments because I was getting too warm.

Here’s my typical Winter Disc Golf Outfit/Gear:

  • Thermal long sleeve shirt
  • Hoodie
  • Winter coat
  • Gloves
  • Disposable Handwarmers
  • Beanie
  • Boots
  • Two pairs of socks

That’s it… Nothing crazy. Nothing fancy. You don’t have to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on special stuff. It’s really just all about layering. Being able to shed a layer, when necessary, is key. When you really need to bust out that 400’+ forehand using all your might, the winter coat might have to come off… but you’ll be fine for 30 seconds.

I’ve also heard how it’s “so easy to lose discs in the snow.” From personal experience, I’ve spent more time searching through thick brush and tall grass in the summer than I’ve ever spent looking through snow. Keep an eye on your throws, just like you would any other time. Ask your buddies to also keep an eye on where your discs land. Maybe send someone ahead of the group to be a spotter. Stick a ribbon to your disc if you’re really that worried. I’ve even seen people smack some colored chalk onto their discs before throwing. Not really sure that’s the most effective, but hey, to each their own.

I know the tournament season has pretty much ended here in the Toledo area, but you always have the ability to play at all of our local courses regardless. They’re all free and open to the public year round.

Don’t get me wrong. I still am eagerly awaiting spring time, and starting back up our weekly league and all that. But consider this post my strong recommendation that you get out and give winter disc golf a try! It’s FUN!

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