When I was asked to go on a first date to a disc golf course, I was more than skeptical.
I had no clue how to play, didn’t own a single disc, and had never thrown a disc for more than just playing catch. But, pushing my worries aside, I accepted. I remember feeling equal parts excited to try something new and scared to death that I’d make a fool of myself. I never would have imagined that I’d find both a new person—my current husband, in fact—and a new hobby to love all in the same few hours.
If you’re passionate about disc golf and trying to plan a date with that special someone (or someone you hope becomes special), I highly recommend a trip to your local course. Here’s why:
The Pressure Is Off
When you choose to hit the course for a date—especially if you’re taking someone to play for their first time—thinking of small talk will be the least of your concerns. When we arrived at the course, we were so consumed with the game that conversation flowed effortlessly. Without those extra worries and jitters, it was easy to relax, feel comfortable, and get to know each other without those conventional, artificial conversations that are staples of most first dates.
Whether you’re a seasoned player or a beginner like I was, a round of disc golf can be full of challenges. You might throw a bad shot, miss an easy putt, lose your disc in the woods, or forget to release the disc on time and throw it full force at your partner (yes, that happened and I’ll never live it down). Everyone faces them, but it’s how you handle those challenges that’s important. During our round, we learned so much more about one another than we would have been able to if we had just gone to dinner or a movie.
Celebrate Your Victories Together
I had no idea what I was doing when I set foot on the course, so every little bit of progress I made was a cause for celebration. He was excited to see me enjoying myself, and I was thrilled to be learning a new skill. We had such a good time we didn’t even bother to keep score! That shared happiness turned our first round together into an incredible memory.
You May Even Find a Partner for Life
Now, I can’t promise that you’ll find your soulmate in the first person you take to the course (though there’s also plenty to be said for realizing someone is definitely not your soulmate), but I do believe that there is a lot to be gained from sharing something you enjoy with a potential significant other. For my husband and me, disc golf helped bring us together and has remained an important part of our lives ever since.