Basic Rules of Disc Golf

Disc Golf has a full and very thorough set of formal rules as laid out by the Professional Disc Golf Association. These provide a standard framework for tournament play, but can be boiled down to a few principles that can easily be followed for recreational play.


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    Safety First

    Never throw when other players or people are within range. Always give non-players the right of way. Be aware of your surroundings and environment.

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    Tee Throws

    Each hole begins with a tee throw. Tee throws must be completed within or behind the designated tee area.

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    Throwing Order

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

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    Fairway Throws

    Fairway throws must be made from directly behind the lie. A run-up and normal follow-through, after release, is allowed, unless the lie is within 10 metres of the target. Any shot within 10 metres of the target requires that the player not move past the lie until the disc is at rest.

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    Mandatory

    A mandatory is one or more designated trees or poles in the fairway that must be passed as indicated by arrows.

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    Unplayable Lie

    Any disc that comes to rest above the ground is considered an unplayable lie. The disc must be thrown from the lie on the ground, directly underneath the unplayable lie, relocated to avoid damage to the vegetation.

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    Out Of Bounds

    If any area of O.B. is visible between the disc and O.B. line, then the disc is considered O.B. A throw that lands out of bounds, must be played from a point 1 metre in bounds from where the disc went out of bounds. Permanent water hazards and public roads are always out of bounds.

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    Completion Of Hole

    A disc that comes to rest in the basket or chains constitutes successful completion of that hole.

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    Course Courtesy

    • Remain quiet and avoid unnecessary movements while others are throwing.
    • Stand behind the player who is throwing until throw is complete.
    • Help new players learn the rules.
    • Allow faster groups to play through when possible.
    • Pick up rubbish and put in proper receptacles.
    • Do not alter the course (trees, bushes, etc.) in any way.