Disc Golf Rules for Recreational Play

Contributed by Windriders Flying Disc Club.

Disc Golf is played like ball golf using a flying disc. One point is counted each time the disc is thrown or when a penalty is incurred. The object is to play the course and finish with the minimum amount of points.

Tee throws must be completed within the designated tee area (recreational pads or professional pads). Do not throw until the player(s) in front of you are out of range.

The lie is the spot where the previous throw has landed. All lies should be marked properly, preferably with a mini-disc.

After teeing off, the player whose disc is farthest from the hole always throws first. The player with the least amount of throws on the previous hole is the first to tee off on the next hole.


Fairway throws must be made with the foot closest to the hole just behind the lie. The other foot may be no closer to the hole than the lie. A run-up and normal follow-through, after release, is allowed (except when within ten meters of the basket).

A dogleg is one or more designated trees or poles in the fairway that must be passed as indicated by arrows. For discs that pass on the wrong side of the mandatory line, a one-stroke penalty will be assessed. The next throw is to be from a drop area next to the mandatory line.

A disc that comes to rest in the basket or chains constitutes successful completion of that hole. A throw that results in the disc resting on top of the basket is not considered completion of the hole.

Any disc that comes to rest above two meters from the playing surface is considered an unplayable lie and is awarded a one-stroke penalty. The disc must be thrown from the lie on the ground, directly underneath the unplayable lie.

A disc is considered O.B. if the entire disc is in the O.B. area. A throw that lands O.B., must be played, after a one-stroke penalty, from a point one meter in bounds from where the disc went out of bounds. Discs not going out of bounds are also allowed a one-meter relief. Discs thrown into/onto or across permanent water hazards and paved public roads are O.B.. Discs thrown onto sidewalks are O.B..

Penalties are awarded for O.B.’s, mandatory violations, and intentional dropping of trash. Other course penalties can be awarded based on guidelines found in the Professional Disc Golf Association Rules of Play.

The player is always given the benefit of the doubt in interpreting the rules. Please pick up trash and help new players understand and play by the rules. Finally, all disc golfers must remember the most important rule of all:

The one who has the most fun wins!

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