About the Calgary Disc Golf Club (CDGC)
The Calgary Disc Golf Club was founded in 2010 to help grow the sport that we all love in Calgary and area. Since that time, the CDGC has seen the sport grow rapidly as we have successfully installed a number of new courses in Calgary.
Aside from our direct efforts we have seen multiple new courses pop up. A new 18 hole course was installed in 2018 in the NW (David Richardson Memorial Course) and in 2019 another in the SE at Bonavista Downs. In 2021 the CDGC brought 5 new courses, Big Marlborough, Currie Reservoir, Stanley Park, and Lindsey Park as well as assisting with the new Edgemont course. This brings Calgary’s total number of courses to 19 including Forest Lawn (2001-CDGA) and the three private community courses (Park 96, Lake Sundance and Lake Midnapore)
These courses have been planned and realized by the relentless efforts of the CDGC working with the City of Calgary and individual communities. CDGC Memberships have been vital in giving us the capital to work with to further enhance courses and create new ones.
Please help support the growth of Disc Golf in Calgary by becoming a CDGC Member!
We welcome all comments and suggestions and are always looking for volunteers.
2023 CDGC Executive Board
President – Blair McComb
Vice President – Tyler Pritchard
Treasurer – Gayle Wolf
Secretary – Dave Grose
Event/Membership Coordinators – Alex Penney and Josh Kiist
Webpage/Communications – Al Herring
Address any course questions or concerns to the people listed below:
David Richardson Memorial Course – Pat Hergott – David Richardson Email
Baker Park – Pat Hergott, Ben Ellard, Bryan Huk – Baker Park Email
Forest Lawn – Jordan Butel, Wes Myers – Forest Lawn Email
Lloyd Park – Kevin Rutt – Lloyd Park Email
Thornecliff – Thornecliff Email
We welcome all comments/suggestions and are always looking for volunteers.
Do I need to book a time to play? What does it cost to play?
Disc golf is free to play (in most cases) and open to play whenever you want depending on park hours. All you need is a disc and you can play, a disc typically costs less than $20. As you get to be a better player, you will experiment with new discs and techniques. There are over 13,000 courses worldwide, so you can usually play a new course when you travel. There are currently (2023) over 10,000 courses in North America, including over 730 in Canada, 67 in Alberta and 26 in the Calgary area.
Are all the courses in Calgary free to play?
No, Lloyd Park is open to all players, however there is an annual fee of $35 for entrance to the park, or a one day fee of $5. There is also a few private community parks which you need to be with a community member to enter the park and play. (Park 96, Lake Sundance and Lake Midnapore). All other courses are free to play in Calgary and area.
Where can I get golf discs?
The best ‘brick and mortar’ sources of disc golf discs and accessories in Calgary are:
They all carry a full line of discs from most of the major companies.
The CDGC also organizes occasional disc swap events where members buy, sell and trade discs. They’re a great opportunity to pick up some bargains.
Can I book a course for a company event?
Typically no, as the courses are free to play and are open to everyone. Private events are better suited for pay courses such as WJ Homestead or Lloyd Park.
What are the rules for playing Disc Golf?
The full rule book for can be found on the PDGA Website. PDGA Rulebook
What is the PDGA?
The PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) is the govening body for the sport of Disc Golf. They set the rules of play, sanction tournaments, and contribute to course development. The Canadian branch of the PDGA has financially helped many courses be established in our country. PDGA Website
Where does my money go when I join the Calgary Disc Golf Club (CDGC)?
Great question! The CDGC utilizes all of our income for the betterment and benefit of the club and our members. This includes and is not limited to: administration expenses, donations to Disc Golf tournaments and events and Sports Development Grants to help improve new and existing courses that we all love! The CGDC Board keeps ZERO of the money that is provided to the club. Our participation is solely based on volunteerism.
What is doubles?
This is when you and a random partner team up and play together. You are typically paired up by flipping discs for head/tails until groups are established. During the game, you each throw once, but only take the best throw for the next turn. It’s a fun way of meeting new people. The top three teams win prize money. Entry fee is usually $5. Doubles happen at various courses on the weekend, see the Weekly Events page.
Am I good enough to enter a tournament?
Tournaments are a great place to meet and test your mettle against other players and try out new courses. Novice players are often intimidated by the prospect of competing in their first tournament but, trust us, they’re a lot of fun! We find that most players over-estimate the degree of skill required to compete and often say that they wished they’d entered sooner. Check out the Events page for more information on upcoming tournaments.
How can I get better at Disc Golf?
Once you’ve cleared the 100, 200, or 300 foot barrier, the desire to increase your throwing distance can become addictive. There are tons of resources available online through sites like Reddit and YouTube where you can learn some of the basics. Really, it just takes lots and lots of practice, but if you see an advanced player throw really well, don’t be afraid to talk to them. Believe it or not, they were just like you once, and are probably more than happy to share some tips and maybe even give you some feedback on your throwing technique.
What do I need to know to run a Disc Golf tournament?
A good resource for tournament directors (TD) is found at the PDGA.
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