CAMBRIDGE, Vt. (WCAX) The World Disc Golf Championship is coming to Vermont. The major tournament will be held at Smugglers' Notch Disc Golf Center next week. Our Neal Goswami caught up with the reigning world champion and found out firsthand just how difficult the sport is.
"It takes dedication," Ricky Wysocki said.
Wysocki turned pro eight years ago.
"That's the one word if I had to describe it. You've gotta dedicate your life to it, just like anything," he said.
Wysocki started before most people took the sport seriously, including his father.
"They didn't take on to it too well when I first did it," he said.
But now Wysocki is a two-time world champ and will go for the three-peat next week at Smugglers' Notch. His father is a supporter now.
"I had to prove him wrong by playing and making it my career and being successful, and it took him a while to come around but I think he's come around now," Wysocki said.
Jeff Spring helped bring the championship to Vermont. He says there will be a full field of 288 players next week on Smugglers' two courses. Singles play starts Wednesday, with a cut on Saturday. It's free to watch and spectators will find it's just like traditional golf.
"Disc golf is just like traditional golf. It has par threes, par fours, par fives, tees, fairways, greens, out-of-bounds markers, streams, ponds," Spring explained.
The final round will be Sunday. The tournament has a total prize purse of $100,000-- a jump from past years.
"Well, disc golf is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world right now," Spring said.
If you give it a try, you'll find it's a bit cheaper than traditional golf. It's just $10 to play the course at Smugglers' Notch, and you can get a mid-range set of discs for $25.
Wysocki makes the sport look easy, tossing long drives with accuracy and draining three puts in a row. Turns out it's pretty hard, though, as our Neal Goswami learned when he gave it a go.
When you get better, you can try some trickier shots like Wysocki.
"You can manipulate the angles and the way they break based on how you throw it," he explained.
Just make sure you plan for plenty of practice.