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The Impact Of Disc Golf

August 31, 2014, 10:00 PM by Leland Steva

The Impact Of Disc Golf
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Last decade the number of disc golf courses across the country doubled. In Sioux Falls there's an increase in golfers, and it's helping area businesses. However, there's not an increase in courses in South Dakota's largest city.

At first glance, disc golf looks like someone throwing a disc into a basket, but it's much more to others. Derek Sahr has been playing the game for over a decade.

"My dad got me into it when I was really young and I just kind of started picking it up a little on in life, and started playing competitively about four years ago," Derek Sahr said.

The 21-year-old has played in tournaments across the Midwest. In October he will be heading to South Carolina to compete in the US Disc Golf Championship. While he's traveled across state lines to play, he likes the course at Tuthill Park.

"This is actually in my opinion the best course in South Dakota. They'll be other people that say Spearfish Canyon is better. Probably get a little heat for that but it's a great course. It's got the elevation then it's also got it's tight lines," Sahr said.

Sahr says the course is getting busier, with more people coming out to play. One of the newer golfers is Austin Brunick. He's been discing for just over a year, and he says he's learned a lot while playing with Sahr.

"If you see some better players ask if they can play with you because in that one round they can teach you so much on how to play the game," Austin Brunick said.

Sahr says that more people are stepping up to the Tee Pad because no matter your athletic skill, age, or ability, you can play disc golf.

"A guy like me, I don't life weights or anything and I'm able to throw a disc, I guess. It's really to easy to pick up and it's easy to play, hard to master," Sahr said.

To play the sport you need the right equipment. There are specific types of discs for the sport, including drivers and putters. Last Stop CD Shop in Sioux Falls provides those discs to eager players. The store started selling them around eight years ago because employees wanted a place to buy discs, but the buyers have expanded.

"We get quite a demand for them. We sell about 3,500 discs a year, new ones," Last Stop CD Shop Owner Brian Deutz said.

Owner Brian Deutz says the discs at his store cost anywhere from $8 to $16 dollars.

"Well at my house I have a couple hundred but in my bag I carry around 20 to 22 discs. Depends, I change out my bag for the course type and stuff like that," Sahr said.

Even with his impressive collection, Sahr says the sport is pretty inexpensive to play. Most courses are free, which makes it easy for someone to pick up a disc and give it a go.

"I would just say come out and try it once and if it doesn't work out maybe it's not for you but come out and at least try," Brunick said.

After the removal of baskets at Southeast Tech, Tuthill Park is the only place in Sioux Falls that has a course for disc golfers. That's something that Sahr would like to see changed.

"Us disc golfers always try to get in the city's ear and try to say this a great sport that people are out here and they love it but it's just kind of getting congested here is all," Sahr said.

The golfer says that Great Bear could be a potential spot for a new course. He says even if Tuthill Park is the only home for disc golfers in Sioux Falls for a while, he still hopes to see more people aiming for that hole in one.

There is another place to play close to Sioux Falls. There's an 18 hole course at the Big Sioux Recreation Park near Brandon.

If you're interested in joining a league in Sioux Falls, there's information at Tuthill Park.

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