How Cold Is Too Cold To Play Disc Golf?

Courtesy: Nate Turner

For all you die-hards in disc golf including myself, there is no off season! Am I right?! But I do draw a line.

It’s cold out here in Central Arkansas. Cold at a level I did not grow up in and although I have lived here for nearly 20 years, there is such a thing as too cold for me. Sorry. I grew up in Northern California. Sunny, warm, sometimes long periods of rain. But never this cold outside. A quick check over at shows that my hometown is currently 43° and where I live now is 4°. That’s ridiculous. This artic storm that hit in the last day sent temperatures plummeting to levels I haven’t seen often. I’m not a fan. So where is my line?

Right around freezing. 32° is about where I draw the line. I do make exceptions though. If I can sneak one round a year where we play in the snow, I will. But that’s only if it’s actual, stuck to the ground, snow. Piled up snow, snowman snow. If it’s a random Wednesday and the high is 28°, I won’t be playing that day. Maybe it’s my age. I’m nearing 40 and that cold weather is tough on these knees and ankles. The discs are rock solid. It hurts when the disc snaps out of your grip. My form is already bad enough without layers of hoodies and beanies and thermal underwear. Playing when it’s actually cold outside doesn’t have a positive fun to non-fun ratio, for me.

I know, it’s different for everyone! For those growing up in Northern states where snow and freezing temps are naturally part of your life, I can see your tolerance being higher, I get it. But for me, once it’s freezing outside, I’ll patiently wait for the next opportunity to play disc golf.

What are your limits if you have any? Do play in snow or freezing temperatures regularly? Let me know in the comments section! 

About David Lopez

David has been an avid disc golfer for over 10 years. He has been involved with almost every aspect of the sport including competing, running tournaments, working with the Disc Golf Pro Tour and of course running the Anhyzer DG Online Store.