I recently took my 10yr old nephew out for his first round of disc golf. Ok, I admit my father took him to one of the Boston Harbor Islands 2yrs ago and played disc golf but that was one basket in a field with various tees. Let’s not call that a course!
I’m not sure which one of us was more excited to play disc golf together for the first time. I brought so many beginner-type discs that I had forgotten most of my own. He chose a 150g Innova Leopard. Excellent choice! Once he saw how a putter is also a good idea to use he gravitated towards my MVP Anode. Hey, that’s MY Anode! Oh well, I guess I’ll need to grab myself another one 🙂
We started at a newer course, Gordon Conwell, in Hamilton, MA. It is a very open course with DB-5 baskets, some elevation changes, and barely any trees. It was a great first course for him since he wouldn’t have to worry about hitting trees constantly. I’m sure I commented 100 times about keeping his disc down but he didn’t get annoyed. I need to just let him have fun with it. It’s a learning process for both of us! The back-to-back +400′ & +500′ holes nearly killed him but we took some breaks and ending on a fun downhill which kept him motivated to hit a second 9 hole course.
Then we headed to another newer course, Scouting Woods, in Peabody, MA. What a treat that was. Lots of shorter holes with very reasonable wooded fairways leading to Innova DISCatchers. I believe the 9th basket was the only one you could not see from the tee. We had a great time on this course. Somehow I lost my oldest Discraft Meteor on hole 8 but we still had a blast. It was great watching him get comfortable with his discs and figure out how to navigate his way to each basket.
On the way home he hinted at getting discs and a bag for Xmas and I hinted he might get them sooner if we start playing together regularly. I admit he may have just been psyched about disc golf as an excuse to hang out with his favorite uncle but I certainly hope we’ll get to play a lot of rounds together in the near and distant future.