Hailing from Turner, Maine, the Brooks family loves to stay active. Whether it is biking, swimming, mini-golfing, hiking, or traveling, they stay very busy. But disc golfing is one of the activities they enjoy the most. Robert Brooks began disc golfing over 15 years ago, and hasn’t looked back since. When Robert and his wife, Jessi, were dating, he managed to get Jessi hooked on disc golf as well. Jessi later became a Maine State Champion in the FA1 (Female Advanced) division. And when their son, Landon, was born, it was almost as if he was destined to play disc golf as well. Landon, now 7 years old, started tagging along with his parents as soon as he could walk. He would throw a mini disc as his parents played rounds of 18 holes. When he was 4, Landon started playing rounds of 18 holes as well. And when Landon was just 5 years old, he became the first ever 6 & under Disc Golf World Champion. In 2018, Landon did it again when he won the Male Junior 8 & under Disc Golf World Championship in Emporia, Kansas.
The Brooks family loves disc golf for many reasons. For one, it’s a cheap activity. In many places, there are public courses which are free, and even on paid courses, it usually costs less than $10 a person. Disc golf is also great exercise! Whether the course is flat or filled with hills, you’re sure to get your exercise! The Brooks family even brings their dog Hazel with them some times as they walk the course. They also love disc golf because it can be very competitive, but it can also be a casual activity, whether it’s walking a course with friends or tossing Frisbees around on the beach. Finally, disc golf can be played together as a family. As for Landon Brooks, at just 7 years old, he’s coming close to beating his mom, and before long, he will be beating his dad, too!
The family was first introduced to Bug Soother when they traveled to the Quad Cities for the 2017 PDGA Amateur & Junior Disc Golf World Championships. Not liking the smell or feeling of bug spray full of DEET, Jessi says that when throwing a disc, it’s hard to keep your hands dry in the heat and humidity, let alone if you get sticky bug spray on your hands! Since that tournament, the family now uses Bug Soother often, and Jessi is even a Bug Soother ambassador! Jessi says she feels better about using it on her son, knowing that it’s natural and won’t irritate his skin.
As a relatively new sport, disc golf is not yet well-known. But the Brooks family hopes that someday, it will be as big as other sports which are broadcasted on television or read about in the news. So if you’re looking for a fun activity, grab a friend and a disc, find a course near you, and start playing!