The Professional Disc Golf Association, or PDGA was created by Steady Ed Headrick in the summer of 1976. Since then, the PDGA has spread across the world to over 50 different countries. It’s becoming more and more popular, so we figured that we should share more information about it.

The PDGA is the leading authority on scoring, rule sets, and course procedures. The PDGA also hosts many events, and tournaments. We will get you up to speed on everything the PDGA has to offer, plus how you can obtain a PGDA membership!

PDGA Events

The PDGA hosts many events for Disc Golf enthusiasts. A quick look at the events page on PDGA’s official website shows events occur on an almost daily basis. 

Each event listed is split up into a few categories. Those categories are as followed:

  • Name
  • Dates
  • Status
  • Class
  • Tier
  • Location

The most important fields in the event category to pay attention to are Status, Class, and Tier.

Status provides users with the results of the tournament. By clicking on the gold or silver icon, visitors can see the competitors who competed at the event as well as their par and who actually one the event. Scores are given on an unofficial and official basis. Paying attention to status will help hopeful competitors take a look at the par of their competition.

The Class field will let visitors know whether or not the event is for pros, amateurs, or a combination of both. You don’t want to show up to a PDGA event only to find that you are unable to play because of your classification. This section is a must look at for hopeful competitors.

The Tier field will let hopefuls know whether or not they need to have membership in order to attend the event. The PDGA is split into multiple event levels and tiers. The top level events such as PDGA Majors and A-tier events require a PDGA membership to participate. 

PDGA Tournaments

PGDA Tournaments are held quite frequently in a number of different countries. The 2018 popular world championships happening this year are as follows:

  • PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships Jul 10 -14
  • PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships Jul 21 – 28
  • PDGA Masters Disc Golf World Championships Aug 11 – 18
  • PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships Sep 3 – 8

The PDGA website provides a wealth of information on how to register for tournaments and the specific rules and regulations. For example, there is a dress code that attendees need to be aware of the PDGA tournaments. 

For most tournaments and events, there are commentators who perform live scoring. If you can’t make it to a PDGA event you could listen in via live scoring at PDGAlive.com. Now is a better time than ever to check out the site as they have updated how they conduct live scoring. You will now hear hole by hole accounts of what happens 

PDGA Membership

So you want to be a part of the word renowned PDGA luckily there is a process for that.  Joining the PDGA comes with multiple benefits that you’ll be glad you experienced. New subscribers get 

  • Discgolfer Magazine 
  • PDGA logo disc
  • Rulebook
  • Lifetime member number
  • Membership card
  • PDGA Sticker

Joining the PGDA will also net members discounts at events, tournaments and hotels. Among the benefits members of the PDGA can get discounted rates to attend, and can compete in member only events which means A-tier, National Tour Elite Series, and PDGA Major Events. You will also be able to track player points, ratings, and even statistics on players.

Members will be able to see a list of affiliated hotels and businesses that they can receive discounts at on the reverse side of their membership card. For example, the Red Roof Inn offers a 20% discount to all PDGA members. The PDGA also provides promo numbers to obtain discounts at certain businesses. You can get a discounted rate at LaQuinta Inn if you use the code PDGA. Being part of this organization definitely has benefits, so that’s just another incentive of why to get involved with it.

Hotel services aren’t the only thing you can get a discount on. You can also get discounts from Rent-A-Car by using your membership information. This is useful if you are ever driving to a course that is in the back country, and you want a vehicle that can handle the terrain. 

PDGA Is Dedicated to Disc Golf

With its well crafted history, the PDGA stands as an organization that will continue to push the sport of Disc Golf forward. This organization has done incredible work, and the more people get behind it, the more they can carry on doing the great work that they are. This organization offers incredible events, world renowned tournaments, and offers membership to all. If you are someone who is new to the sport of Disc Golf, being familiar with the PDGA will teach you more about the sport of Disc Golf. Don’t forget take advantage of the membership to receive discounts when you travel for anything Disc Golf related.

Final Thoughts

We went in-depth about the PDGA because we wanted to highlight what it’s all about so that we do not leave any stone unturned. We have provided a tremendous amount of information about to show what it’s all about and to show how people can benefit if they get involved.

This overview has provided lots of information, but if you feel that you’d still like to know something that we might not have answered, let us know what you’re thinking.

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