A branch of Vernon Trails – Bad Axe Disc Golf – works to expand and promote the sport of disc golf in the beautiful Driftless Area of Wisconsin. We aim to highlight the unique topography of our area for silent sports and outdoor activity, continuing our mission of expanding access.
Disc golf is a lifetime sport and is enjoyed by people of all ages. Its rules are similar to traditional golf, except players throw specially designed Frisbee®-like discs at upright metal baskets that utilize chains to catch the disc. Disc golf is also one of the fastest growing sports in the country due in large part to the fact that it is inexpensive to play, discs cost between $8 and $18, and courses are economical to develop in relation to other outdoor recreational activities. Beyond just a casual round, disc golf tournaments and leagues are commonplace. Tournaments range in size and scope from professional level National Tour events with hundreds of participants to locally run fundraising tournaments.
The sport of disc golf is growing rapidly in the Driftless Region. In a short number of years, our area has gained several new courses.
Bad Axe Disc Golf’s home course is Veteran Hills, which we are currently constructing on land owned by the Viroqua VFW. We’ve got 18 baskets installed and continue to work on adding more alternate tee and basket locations as well as concrete tee pads and signage. We helped in the design and construction of a course in La Farge in 2015. You can check out our Bad Axe Disc Golf Club page for more info on local leagues and events.
Maybe you’ve seen some people throwing around funny-looking Frisbees®. Maybe you’ve heard friends mention “frolfin’” or co-workers discussing sweet new plastic they’ve acquired. What is this all about?? Relax. They’re not involved in some crazy cult. They’re just disc golfers.
Disc golf is one of the easiest sports to learn and you’ll likely be hooked after trying it out once or twice. It can be played by people of all ages and abilities, and you can be as casual or serious about it as you want. Whether you’re a recent convert to the sport or have been playing for awhile, here are some resources you might find helpful.
1. Avoid playing in groups of more than five people.
2. Allow faster playing groups behind you to play through.
3. Do not throw until the group ahead of you is safely out of the way.
4. Avoid any visual or audible distractions when other players are throwing.
5. Watch other members of your group throw in order to aid in finding errant discs.
6. Yell “Fore!” if your disc might hit someone.
7. Respect other recreational users of the land.
8. Respect the property. Don’t litter. Cigarette butts are litter.
9. Don’t alter the course in any way.
10. If you find a disc with a name & number on it, try to reunite it with its owner.
11. Be a good representative of the sport.