Disc Golf is Here to Stay
Disc Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. According to a new report from the PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association), over 26,000 members were added in 2020 alone, representing an 84% increase from 2019. There are now over 71,000 active members from 63 countries across the globe and more than 3 million players. The sport is becoming more visible every day thanks to various social media platforms as well as the sport’s own streaming service, the Disc Golf Network. It has already appeared several times on ESPN, including an entire, post-produced airing of the 2020 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship.
If that wasn’t proof enough, disc manufacturing companies are also posting record sales, allowing them to sponsor even more professional players at a high level. Over fifty players have signed contracts in 2021 with eight different sponsors. Paul McBeth, arguably the best player in the world right now, recently signed a 10-year contract with Discraft worth $10 million, plus other benefits. With numbers like that, Disc Golf will begin to draw even more attention.
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For some reason, however, it has not yet drawn the attention of the majority of the Iberian peninsula. Though the sport is extremely popular in Europe, which has more than 1,600 courses, only eight of those are located in Spain and only two in Portugal. With the return of the Euro Tour in 2021, there should be more exposure for the sport. Some momentum is starting to build here in Basque Country and organizations like Euskadisc Golf are leading the charge. With several projects on the horizon, disc golf is coming to a town near you.
About the Author
Kris started playing disc golf in 2004 and has been an active member of the PDGA since 2014. He designed 3 small courses in the U.S. and coached a local high school disc golf club for 3 years before moving to Zumaia in 2019.
Both, the Disc Golf and Kris, are here to stay.
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