Sarah: So John, do you like to play golf?
John: Well, no. I don't play golf very much, but I play disc golf.
Sarah: Disc golf? What's that?
John: Well, some people call it Frisbee golf. Basically, there are courses at parks. It's similar to golf but the courses are much smaller. You use Frisbees or a flying disc and you have to throw it. So it's different from golf. You're not aiming for a small hole but actually, you need to throw the Frisbee into a basket.
Sarah: Oh, that sounds fun. Is it very easy?
John: Well, it can be easy or it can be very difficult. It depends on the course. Many different parks have different disc golf courses. And you can be an easy beginner or you can be an expert. It all depends on how much you want to get involved.
Sarah: I see.
John: My friends are I, we are beginners, so we just like to have fun. So we just do the easy courses and have a good time. I think it's relaxing.
Sarah: So you only need one Frisbee?
John: Well actually, it's better to have two or three. You can play with one but in fact, when you learn more about disc golf, there are different sizes and weights of the discs.
Sarah: Why would you want a different size disc?
John: Well, it's similar to the clubs in golf. When you throw you first throw, you want it to go very far, so you should use a heavier disc. But when you're near the basket, you should make a short throw, so you want a lightweight disc.
Sarah: I see. That's interesting.
John: Yeah. So as I said, when you want to become an expert, you have to spend more money to get better equipment. It's like any sport, I guess. In fact, they have disc golf competitions now. So you can even participate in a tournament and win some prize money.
Sarah: Did you ever compete?
John: Oh no. I'm just a beginner. I don't think I want to be too serious about it.
Sarah: So golf has 18 holes. How about disc golf? Does it have 18 holes, too?
John: Well, not usually. Golf courses are very large, but disc golf courses are usually found in parks. So they usually have only six holes. But you can play 18 holes by doing all 6 three times each.
Sarah: I see. How do you keep score?
John: Score keeping is like real golf. So the winner should have the lowest score. Every time you throw a Frisbee or a flying disc, you have to mark one point. So if you can do a hole in one, that means you can hit the basket on your first try, then you'll only have one point. That's best.
John: But I'm not that good at it. So usually, I have three or four points for each course.
Sarah: I see. You said disc golf is at the park. Do you have little kids playing in the middle of the course?
John: Sometimes, the kids – of course, they can play wherever they want. And the courses do go though the park where kids play. So we have to be very careful, and we have to use good sportsmanship to wait for the course to be clear.
Sarah: It sounds like a lot of fun.
John: It is fun. Maybe you can join us next time.
Sarah: That sounds great. Thank you.
There are courses at parks.
A course is a marked area for playing a game or activity. Notice the following:
- This is a nice golf course.
- The course is very green.
It all depends on how much you want to get involved.
When you get involved with something you participate actively. Notice the following:
- I cannot get involved with this assignment.
- You need to get involved with your studies.
They have disc golf competitions now.
Here, a competition is a game or match or contest. Notice the following:
- He won the competition.
- The competition was close.
Did you ever compete?
When you compete, you play to win or do better than others. Notice the following:
- In business you must compete to survive.
- He loves to compete but hates to lose.
How do you keep score?
When you keep score, you mark or write down points when a player acheives them. Notice the following:
- Let's play the game. Who is keeping score?
- We play for fun so we do not keep score.
We have to use good sportsmanship.
Good sportsmanship means you play fairly and are considerate of other players. Notice the following:
- Coaches need to teach young players good sportsmanship.
- Good sportsmanship is important in athletics.