Updated: Sunday, 02 May 2010, 6:08 PM CDT
Published : Sunday, 02 May 2010, 6:08 PM CDT
AUSTIN (KXAN) - The game of "Disc Golf" may not have been invented in Austin but it has developed quite a following here.
You may not even realize it but Central Texas is something of a "Mecca" for the laid back game that's half competition, half "walk-in-the-park."
Sunday capped off the "World's Biggest Disc Golf Weekend," an event that started in Austin 20 years ago and has spread to Europe, Japan, and Australia.
"W-B-D-G-W" get-togethers are loosely coordinated around the globe but the main goal is introducing new players to the game, which fans say is one of the fastest growing in the world.
"It has all the same addictive properties as traditional golf, plus it's cheaper and you know, there's neat things you can do with a disc that you can't do with a ball so there's lots of reasons to love it," said disc golf fan.
John Houck designed the course at Zilker Park, one of 80 tracks he's mapped out on the way to the disc golf hall of fame.
Here's just a few of the notable courses around Austin: Zilker and Pease Parks are central, Bartholomew Park sits just east of I-35, and South Austin boasts two big courses at "Searight" and "Circle C."
There's also a top track out in Wimberley, where Houck himself runs a "Disc Golf Ranch."