The City’s parks have become our mainstay for staying sane and active as a family this summer and fall. And as the City continues to go through the various stages of COVID restrictions, it’s the great outdoors – one of the city’s great parks, trails, beaches and ravines – that continue to be our favourite family destinations to burn energy, be social and keep our distance.

We’ve recently added the golf course – and by that we mean the disc golf course – to that list. But instead of clubs and balls, we’ve got a bag full of discs in TOw.

What’s disc golf?

Well you may have noticed in some Toronto parks a series of metal elevated baskets. These are the ‘holes’ or targets on a disc golf course. The game is played much like golf with players attempting to throw a disc from a ‘tee’ to the ‘hole’ in the fewest ‘strokes’ as possible.

Disc golf course in the ravines at E. T. Seaton Park.

Disc golf has a big following among Ultimate players, but you don’t have to be a master disc thrower to get your game on.

We caught up with Dad in T.O. Evan Phillips, owner of Toronto’s online disc golf store The Good Disc, for some trip tips on making it a family affair.

Where to disc golf?

The City of Toronto is home to five disc golf courses: E.T Seton Park (in the ravines by the Science Centre), Toronto Island Disc Golf Park, Beaches Disc Golf Course (by Ashbridges Bay), Marilyn Bell Disc Golf Course (near Onario Place and Centennial Park Disc Golf Course (in Etobicoke.)

You can find them and the hundreds of other courses in Canada via the Udisc app

Best spot for families disc golf for families in TOw?

Evan recommends Marilyn Bell and the Beach for new players and kids.

What kind of discs do you use?

We’re all familiar with the typical plastic flying disc or Frisbee®, but disc golf is played with its own discs, a series of Putters, Midrange and Drivers. Each disc feels a bit different and does something different, either in how they turn or the speed in which they fly.

Best discs for kids in TOw? 

You can certainly bring along any kind of flying disc or Frisbees® to toss around. But disc golf discs work better. They fly better when its windy so they are great for beginners, kids and parents alike. They are smaller and actually fit kids hands well.

Evan suggests lighter discs, putters and midrange (slower speed) and straight flying discs. Faster speed discs are not recommended for kids and beginners.

Not sure where to start? The Good Disc has a huge range of discs and offers some beginner sets to get you started. Stocking stuffers anyone?

See you on the course!