The worldwide activity of disc golf as a professional sport has grown rapidly since 2005 when the PDGA International program was first incepted. The aim of the program was to support and strengthen the players and associations dedicated to the sport of disc golf. As of now, the PDGA has partnered with more than 30 countries across the six continents and there are currently more than 7000 registered members with the PDGA. Also, the PDGA is an organization responsible for growing the game at a grassroot level and provide sufficient resources and funds for it. The program also helped establish different rules and manuals which standardized the International game play. The documents were also translated to other languages of the non – English peaking member countries.
It is the fourth sport in the list of fastest growing sports in the USA and according to DGCoursereview.com, there are more than 400 new courses added every year from 2007 till date. The coverage of the events have received more than 75000 views and a few clips relating to disc gloves also went viral garnering more than a million views too.
The game also spread across women rapidly with the formation of the Women Disc Golfers Association. There are about 3000 registered women disc golf players with the PDGA currently according to the website.
To add to this, several companies have sprung up to exclusively retail materials for disc golf.
PDGA in Canada
It was set up in 2007, as headquarters to the PDGA branch in the USA. Its aim is to support and foster the development of the sport in Canada. It has come a long way to introduce the sport in schools and colleges and has actively been inducting layers into the set up even today.
It started in 2006, with the first office in Netherlands and a European Administrator was appointed. In 2017, the first board of directors were formed. As of now, they are working on the legal procedures, documentation in order to become entirely operational. This is the first big step to spread the game outside the Americas and tap the big market present in Europe.
Countries that officially play Disc Golf are:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- South Korea