When first starting out, picking a disc can be very difficult with all of the different choices available. For newer players, I recommend starting with three discs. A driver, a midrange, and a putter is best. I personally recommend beginners start with an understable driver, understable/stable midrange, and a stable putter that feels good in the hand. These discs will give you an idea of what to expect from other discs later on. Understable discs will get more distance for beginners with low power throws. I will give some examples of great starter discs, but first I want to explain what the four numbers are that you will sometimes see on discs. For example, you will see a disc that says 7,5,0,2. Your probably wondering what the heck does this even mean. The first number is the speed of the disc. The higher the first number, the faster the disc. The second number stands for Glide. Glide is the amount of float the disc has in the air. The higher the number, the longer it will float in the air. The third number stands for Turn also known as high speed stability. Don't worry about the lingo too much from the get go. Turn stands for how much the disc will turn to the right if you are throwing right handed, or how much to the left if you are throwing left handed. Beginners can expect a straighter flight with an under stable disc. Look for a negative number. This way your disc doesn't always just go and die off. Finally, the fourth number stands for Fade. Fade is how much the disc will fade at the end of the flight. The higher the number, the more fade. Below are a list of great beginner discs.
I hope this helps. If you have questions, feel free to comment.
The Portland area has many options for courses, whether you are a beginner, or a pro. I will talk about the different courses including short courses and long courses. I'll also discuss how busy courses are on which days and which courses are best to play in different types of weather. Disc golf courses are not limited in Oregon, and there is plenty of them to choose from.
We will start with the most popular course within city limits. Pier park Disc Golf Course. The course was established in 2003. If you want a difficult course to play, this one will challenge your skills. Pier Park DGC has it all. Most popular for tight technical fairway shots between huge Douglas Fir trees. This is the best place to beat a disc in. There are many elevation changes on the course including uphill, and downhill. There are short holes and long holes ranging between under 300ft to over 400ft. Recently, the baskets were changed to DGA mach 5 baskets and have a bright neon color which helps for visibility. There is not much for blackberry bushes or any plants that can harm you. Pier park is a great place to play and to make sure you leave with all of the discs you brought. The holes are all rated at par 3. Pier Park is a great place to play when it is raining. The huge Douglas Firs provide a cover on most of the holes. When it is windy out, it can be a little dangerous due to tree limbs falling. I urge you to exercise caution when playing on windy days. Pier Park is the closest course to the Portland metro area. With this being said, it can be very crowded on nice days. Weekdays are your best bet for a quicker round. This course is free to play. The disc golfers that play there are very friendly. Larger groups should be kind enough to let smaller groups play through.