The first activity you should consider is a Scottish game invented in the late 19th century. No, it’s not golf – instead it’s the Olympic sport of curling. Curlers take turns sliding ‘stones’ down an ice-covered pathway to rest on a target, and ‘sweepers’ furiously clean the ice in-front of the moving stone in order to guide its path. The team works together to score points and knock their opponnents’ stones out of play.
The game sees renewed interest every few years, and can be a great way to get some exercise, meet people, and beat the winter doldrums. North Dakota has a thriving community, and there are clubs across the state. You can find more info, and the address of your local club, at http://www.fmcurling.org/ndcurling/
Disc Golf/Frisbee Golf
Still misunderstood by people who ‘don’t get’ the allure of wandering through fields and forests, Disc Golf has been quietly increasing in popularity for some time. For those that have never heard of the game, it’s quite popular for a number of reasons such as the low cost to begin playing, the chance to enjoy nature, and the challenge of the game itself.
To play disc golf, one needs to find a disc, and a course. Discs vary in cost from $5-$25, and there are a variety of styles and areodymaic shapes. While many experienced players carry bags and use specific discs for different situations, many players are content with just one or two.
Similar to its namesake, Disc Golf is played by throwing a disc from a ‘tee’ to a ‘hole’ (actually a basket). The player then keeps track of how many throws it took to make it into the basket, and each ‘hole’ sets a recommended number of throws (par). A game’s length depends on the difficulty of the course (round-ball golfers would cry at the doglegs and narrow ‘greens’ of some courses), and the number of holes played, but an hour to an hour and a half is average.
Courses vary in terrain and landscape, and each course has its own unique challenges. Open grassy-field courses are often longer and require multiple long-distance throws to make par. Wooded courses are usually shorter, but are more demanding in terms of threading a disc through narrow tree-lined avenues.
Disc Golf continues to grow in North Dakota, and the state is now home to over 40 courses. To find courses, check out Disc Golf Course Review, and to learn more about tournaments and activities, check out the North Dakota Disc Golfing Facebook page.