I went out to play some golf with my brother a week and a half ago. I hadn't hit a ball around (other than mini golfing in Bar Harbor) in about six years. Let me tell you, it was rough. On the first hole I lost 3 balls and didn't make par on one hole. I did manage to sink a 30 foot put, which made my day. Needless to say, I reinforced what I already knew. I am not going to be the next Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy and make millions on the PGA Tour. I still enjoy walking the course and marveling over the one or two decent hits I get each round, but golf can often times get pricey. There are some courses around the area that have decently priced green fees, but tag on a golf cart, balls and some club rentals and it can be more expensive than you had originally anticipated. Thankfully, Nate (my brother in law) had plenty of golf balls for me to shank, and his own golf clubs. I got away spending less than 15 dollars. I picked up a hobby when I was in high school, and continue to play occasionally. That hobby is disk golf.
Disk golf is essentially the same rules as regular golf, with a few variations. First off, you use a specialized frisbee disk to play the course, and you are shooting for a basket rather than a hole. Your arms are the drivers, irons and putter. For someone who enjoys the idea of golf but doesn't want to spend tons of money on balls and clubs, disk golf is a great way to walk courses and enjoy the outdoors without going broke. If you're a golf fan and don't think it can compare to playing a round of 18, think again. There's nothing more agonizing than hearing the clink of the chains and seeing your disk miss the basket. It's about as bad as missing a put and having your ball lip out. Likewise, when you throw your disk just right and you sink the shot from 50 feet away, it's like chipping a ball in for an eagle. It's a game that people of all skill levels can enjoy, and generally speaking, you won't loose nearly as many disks as you will golf balls.
Maine has quite a few different courses all around the state, and almost all of them are under $10 to play the course. You can also rent disks to use if you don't have any of your own, or you can buy them online or at many sporting goods stores. You can get disks in most places for $8-$15 per disk. All in all, it's a great way to get out and enjoy the summer while not spending a ton of money. I will warn you though. It is addicting so don't be surprised if you get hooked and play multiple rounds in one day.
Have you ever played Disk Golf?