Summer dare: Try folf: The poor man's golf game

By Jennifer K. Bauer

Disc golf, sometimes called folf or frolf, is a lot like golf, except it’s a heckuva lot cheaper.

Instead of a ball and club, players throw discs toward distant targets, usually an elevated metal basket. The goal is to traverse a course with the fewest number of throws possible. Score is determined by counting the number of throws on each hole, plus penalty throws, and then summing all holes. The winner is the player with the lowest score.

Disc golf courses can be found around the country. Many are in city parks, and most are free. Trees, ponds, shrubs and hills provide technical challenges. With discs ranging in price from $8 to $20, many families find it an affordable sport they can enjoy together. Five courses in the region offer varied terrain to hone your handicap. Nine-hole courses can be found at Sunset Park and Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston, where the course begins at the start of the day-use area.

On the University of Idaho campus there’s a nine-hole course north of the parking lot behind the Kibbie Dome. There’s also a nine-hole course in the Craigmont city park. Eighteen-hole courses are at Sunnyside Park in Pullman and Lion’s Club Park in Grangeville.

Double Dare: Go on tour. A comprehensive list of U.S. courses can be found at

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