Disc, Compacted

Local basket cases go gaga on the disc-golf course

The beer comes out, and the competitors agree that the Endicott course is one of the toughest and best in St. Louis County. (There are no disc-golf courses in the city at present).

With more than 800 disc-golf courses in the U.S. and 1,000 worldwide, Shirley foresees the continued growth of the sport leading to televised disc golf tournaments. "We think we've got a product that's good for television," he says, "because through editing we can do an 18-hole tournament in an hour." He is hoping to advance the sport through a disc golf vs. traditional golf tournament, with mobile baskets set up right next to the golf pins. Though regular golfers can drive much farther than their disc golf counterparts, the disc golfers are able to one-putt most holes. Shirley says he believes that Tiger Woods might even go for such a wild proposition.

And why not? The addictive challenge of disc golf is worth a shot.

The St. Louis Disc Golf Club sponsors a 18-hole minitournament at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 9, at Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park, Dorsett Road and Marine Avenue. Call 965-3940, or visit surf.to/discgolf or www.gatewaydiscsports.com for more information.

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