Disc Golf in the Olympics

Posted by Disc Golf Station on 2/9/2011 to General

It’s an interesting thought. People have been talking about this for a while now. I’m sure there are many disc golf enthusiasts out there saying “Yea, that would be awesome, but there’s no way Disc Golf will be in the Olympics”. I wouldn’t be so sure. Think about this. What is the closest sport to Disc Golf? I’ll give you a hint. It’s in the name “Disc Golf”. Golf (or “Ball” Golf, as most Frolfers like to refer to it) has been re-introduced into the Olympics and will be taking the stage in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.


Disc Golf in the OlympicsThere were 7 sports competing for two open slots, two of which were Squash and Roller Sports?  Needless to say, Golf made it in pretty handily.


So if Golf can make it into the Olympics, why not the disc equivalent?  It’s Golf meets the discus throw, which is completely iconic for the Olympic Games.  Makes sense to me.  


To get into the Olympic program, you have to have a sport that is widely practiced around the world.  Then, after being approved as a candidate, the governing body (PDGA, in this case) has to present its case to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and then they vote.  If the PDGA were up against, say the USARS…. Maybe there would be a chance.  What is exciting though is that is making huge strides to increase the reach of disc golf internationally.  With the birth of the Disc Golf Presidents Cup & the European Open, both founded in 2006, talk of the sport is spreading across the globe at a rapid pace.


I’m going to be realistic for a second.  According to the PDGA International Demographics, the growth is actually on the decline.  What I mean by that, is that growth of international courses being built and official PDGA members signing on is lessoning.  However, I will say, that although the “growth” is on a decline, when you think about there being 567 international members back in 2005 vs. 1,438 PDGA members in 2009, you start to think that there’s something there.  And while it might still take another decade or so, Disc Golf (thanks much in part to the PDGA) is becoming a force to be reckoned with.


Now, to end this thing, I want to show you how peoples’ interests might be changing a bit.  Only 555 people signed the petition for Disc Golf to be in the 2012 Olympics.  That said, already, there are 1,946 signatures for the inclusion of Disc Golf in the 2016 Olympics.  Before you start rounding up your posse to sign this thing, just know that the application process must take a minimum of six years.  So, although there is no hope of Disc Golf being included in the 2016 Olympics, who’s to say what’s in store for 2020.


For now, Disc Golf Station is going to take just a little poll to see what your thoughts are…


Date: 4/20/2013
Rory Lipke
If Ball Golf then why not Disc Golf which has more skill behind it in my opinion.
Date: 4/20/2013
Rory Lipke
If Ball Golf then why not Disc Golf which has more skill behind it in my opinion.
Date: 4/20/2013
Rory Lipke
put the Petition out on Facebook for the 2020 Olympics or send it to the PDGA.
Date: 6/16/2013
mike bacon
Ball golf as well as all major sports have official review. Disc insists they can self regulate. Knowledgeable viewers can see multiple rules infractions when they watch disc golf tournaments which are not called. The PDGA is in denial and tries to defend self regulation. Another reason it's not in the Olympics is that is an ALTERNATIVE to ball golf and not a sport which stands on its own merits. Ultimate has a better chance of getting into the Olympics because it has action which appeals t
Date: 8/21/2016
Lou Drabkin
I believe without a doubt, Disc Golf will eventually make it into the Olympics. To me it would seem far more relevant today than ball golf. How many twenty somethings do you know that own a set of clubs? They should have left it retired from Olympics.

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