Brandon Olson disc golfs about twice a week at the Silver Creek Disc Golf Course in Harvey. "It's fun. You get out with friends, go walk around, throw, just have a good time," said Olson. The rules are identical to golf. Normally played in 9 or 18 holes, each hole has a designated par. Throw your disc and play it as it lies, until you make it into the basket. Discs vary in size and weight to be used as drivers and putters. Between knowing which ones to use and navigating the course, the sport is not as easy as it looks.
"Trying to throw the disc as straight as possible is the most challenging thing, because you're going to hang onto it too long and throw it right into the trees on the side, or throw it too soon and throw it into the trees that way," said disc golfer Derek Taylor.
According to the U.P. Disc Golf Association, Michigan has the second most disc golf courses in the country, but it's still expanding into Upper Peninsula. The UPDGA is building two new courses in Ishpeming to be ready by next summer, and the new Powder Mill Course north of Marquette will be opened this June.
"I think it's going to be a catalyst for people to get excited about disc golf up here," said Tim Kopacz, course designer. "I love the sound of the chains. It's addicting," Kopacz said after hitting another basket.
The Silver Creek Golf Course in Harvey is also expanding and will switch from 9 holes to 18 holes by October.