It’s one thing to have a love for disc golf and play during every spare moment of the day, but it’s quite another to invest blood, sweat, tears, and a ton of money into a disc golf retail business. While you might have a major sporting goods store in your area that carries a small selection of discs, a dedicated disc golf store is entirely another beast.
Since the disc golf community is like one big family, it only makes sense that you’d want to support the retailer that’s closest to you. How you can do that often goes beyond just buying a disc here or there, as we’re about to discover.
One of the hardest things to do as a disc golfer is knowing which disc mold or plastic type you’ll like. If you’re lucky, you might be able to head to your local disc golf shop to see what fits your hand and if the staff have any recommendations. If there aren’t any disc golf shops in your area, you can still play a part in creating one! Reach out to your local major sporting stores and ask them if they carry disc golf equipment. Even if you know they don’t, your inquiry will go a long way to helping them make the decision to look into putting discs on their shelves!
Don’t be afraid to take your friends with you either, whether they disc golf or not. The success of a small business often comes from word of mouth, so a great customer service experience will probably go a long way in your book even if you aren’t super obsessed with the sport.
Communication Is Key
One of the best ways to help support a local disc golf store near you is to help them help you. They can only guess which discs, bags, and apparel might be most appealing to the local community and if there’s something you want to see don’t be afraid to tell them! Many times shops will be able to place special orders for you if you’re a regular customer.
If you have a great idea for an event don’t hesitate to share that either. A local disc golf store is the perfect venue for clinics, meet and greets with pros who are in the area or even a showcase of some of the newest gear that’s on the market.
In the end, the impact you can make in your community by supporting your local disc golf shop is greater than you might realise. Sure, it might seem tempting to order the newest disc online and have it delivered straight to your door, but even if that option saves you a few bucks, is it really worth it?
The next time you pass by a disc golf shop, whether in your own town or on the road, take a moment to stop in and say hi. We can guarantee it means the world to each and every business owner to have people in support of what they’re doing for the community and the sport of disc golf as a whole.
Her passion for disc golf and writing come together seamlessly as Courtney writes for some of the biggest names in the disc golf industry. As the co-owner of Author-Eyes, her creative studio based in Oregon, she's committed to developing content that engages and inspires.