I let on a few blog posts ago that I’m a Seinfeld fan. Any self-respecting Seinfeld fan knows that one of the great George episodes in the series was the season 8 (my favorite season by the way) finale, titled “The Summer of George”. George finally got fired by the Yankees, but thanks to his years of service he had earned 3 months worth of severance pay and benefits, and so George made a declaration that he would spend the summer not working or looking for a job, but instead he would have fun and pursue things he had never experienced before. Well, one of the experiences George wanted to give a try, was frolf, or what people who take it a little too seriously refer to as “disc golf”. George eventually gets his opportunity, and just as he suspected, it was a great time. It’s amazing that the fact that my favorite TV show mentioned a wacky sport like frolf actually adds to my enjoyment when I participate in it, but hey, I’m also the guy who hoped that one day his prom date would have a backless dress so I could make my grand entrance, who also, back in high school, formed a local chapter of the gang called the Van Buren Boys, and also has always considered Julia Louis-Dreyfus my ultimate fantasy. (I hope she’d think of me as spongeworthy.) Anyhow, a couple weeks back I gave frolf a try with a couple of friends. I had only done it once before, and that was probably 5 or 6 years ago, so I didn’t remember much about it. Anyhow, I’ve gone out a few times now, and it’s amazing how much you can improve in a short amount of time. I was horrible my first two times out. I shot a +21 the first time that I played a full 18 hole round. But my very next time out, I improved dramatically, by shooting a +6, including an eagle on the 18th hole. That gem of a round was on Friday, but it doesn’t come close to the -4 I shot at the 9 hole course at Service High School last night. There aren’t pars posted anywhere on the course, so my friends and I were just guessing what the pars were, but still, I was on fire. It is a much easier course than Kincaid Park, which is the other course I’ve played, but I still am quite proud of my first ever round under par. Now in case I’ve gotten ahead of myself here, and you don’t know what frolf is, allow me to briefly enlighten you with a summary of the rules. It’s really simple. You just are playing the game of golf, but with a frisbee. And so when you “tee off” you stand in the tee box and throw your frisbee towards the hole. Then, you walk up to your frisbee, pick it up, and throw your disc from the spot you picked it up from, and you repeat until you get the disc in the “hole”, or goal, or whatever you want to call it. You count up your “strokes” or throws, and that’s your score for the hole. So just like golf, you try to get the lowest score possible. Now the genius part of this game, to me, is the goal. Whoever thought of it was pretty innovative. As you can see in the picture below, it’s made with a bunch of hanging chains, and so when you hit it with the frisbee, it kind of catches it, and drops it into the basket. You have not completed the hole until the disc is resting in that basket.A couple other things I should mention is that most, if not all of the people that are out there frolfing, are not using your typical frisbee. They use these small, discus-like discs that are supposed to fly further and more accurate than the disc you toss around at your favorite beach. The funny thing to me, is that there are actually different discs for different distances, just like clubs in your bag when golfing. I’m always looking for ways to save money, and plus, I’m not a true frolf enthusiast, so I just bought a driver, and so far I think my approach and putting hasn’t suffered at all from not having the short range disc to play with. Did I just mention I was cheap? Because I almost forgot to mention that one of the best parts of this game, is that it’s free. Who knows, I’m sure somewhere out there someone built a really fancy frolf course and charge people to play, but all of the courses that I’ve heard of around Anchorage are free, so you just have to have the money to buy a disc, which is far cheaper than a set of golf clubs. I bought two discs at Sports Authority last weekend, and they were each only $10. I forgot to bring my golf clubs when I moved up to Alaska last summer, and so I’ve been getting the itch to golf lately, and I guess I’m just going to settle for frolf for now. Whether you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to golf yourself or just want to try something new, I definitely recommend giving frolf a try. One thing I’ve learned about living up here, is that there’s only about 4 months worth of nice weather a year in this state, and so you’ve got to take advantage of the warmth when it’s here. And so now that I’m hooked on my new sport, I’ve got to make the most of my time before the snow comes again, and thus, I declare this, the summer of frolf!