Competition Manual for Disc Golf Events

Revised January 1st, 2018


The PDGA Competition Manual outlines procedures and guidelines for PDGA events, and is to be used in conjunction with the Official Rules of Play and the Tour Standards document. These procedures and guidelines are required for all PDGA-sanctioned events unless specified otherwise. If a Tournament Director finds any provision in any of those documents unacceptable, they may request a waiver by contacting the PDGA Tour Manager at or by calling 706.261.6342.

The Spirit of the Game

Disc golf is typically played without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the player to show sportsmanship, integrity, consideration for other players, and to abide by the Rules of Play. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. Make the call. Accept the call. It’s not personal; it’s the rules. That is the spirit of the game of disc golf.

Disc Golfer’s Code

  1. Play Smart:

    NEVER throw into a blind area or when players, spectators, pedestrians or other facility users are within range. Use a spotter.

  2. Respect the Course:

    Observe all posted rules. No littering, graffiti, or abuse of equipment or flora.

  3. Represent the Sport:

    Be positive and responsible. Teach others.