Spring in the Ozarks is far from the picturesque cliché of how we imagine the changing seasons to be—the snow melts to reveal beautiful tulips peeking through the frost. After six weeks of wearing shorts and sandals one day and a winter coat and sleet gear the next, the weather is finally warming up to sunny 75 degrees. That means it’s time to sunbathe and enjoy some outdoor activities in this beautiful weather before the heat and humidity of the Midwest chases us inside for the final months of summer.
If you’ve already explored all the local trails, try your hand at disc golf, pickleball or spikeball. These sports are multiplayer activities that span a wide range of ages and physical abilities. These sports require very little equipment to enjoy recreationally, but over the last decade leagues and tournaments have popped up at the local, state, and national levels.
Disc golf, also known as frisbee golf, follows golf’s traditional scoring system but swaps out the putting green and hole for baskets scattered throughout the course. The metal baskets, which are just under 4 feet tall, are usually planted near obstacles like streams or trees to add difficulty – and increase the fun. There are special discs to improve in-game accuracy, such as: B. Distance Driver, Fairway Driver, Mid Ranger and Putter. If you don’t count points, an ordinary frisbee is still enough for the game.
Branson has several disc golf parks with baskets for beginners and intermediate players. Considered one of the top courses in the Midwest, the Branson Trails Disc Golf Course features a challenging 18-hole course and nine beginner-friendly holes. The course is open daily from sunrise to sunset and costs $10 per day or $40 per year.
Branson Parks and Recreation offers free 9-hole golf courses at Eiserman and Sunset parks, and difficulty is differentiated by a tee box for each level.
Pickleball is a mix of tennis, badminton and table tennis. The court game uses flat paddles and a wiffle ball that mimics a form of jumbo-sized table tennis. The game is versatile and adaptable to the skills of your players as it is easier than other racquet sports and all ages and genders can play against each other. It is also accessible in the Branson area.
Pickleball courts are available at Eiserman Park and Stockstill Park. Courts are free to use, but players must bring their own ball and racquet.
A combination of volleyball and Foursquare, Spikeball gets the heart pumping, but it’s a game changer for kickbacks or barbecues. The game is played with a small lacrosse ball and a net. Kick off your shoes, turn up the radio and find another player to team up with. Compete against another pair of two, or if you have more than four players, play elimination style: the player who makes a mistake is out! Spikeball sets range from $40 to $60.