In the summer of 1973, several students at Sonoma State University, not satisfied with just tossing a Frisbee back and forth between them, decided to make things a little more difficult by throwing at a distant target. They threw at different objects on campus and kept score using the system used by golfers. The contest soon became a weekend favorite and spread to other campuses in the Bay Area. Thus began Northern California’s long association with the sport of Disc Golf, one of the fastest growing sports around the world.
We are the United Flyers of Sonoma, the club that was established that long ago day at Sonoma State. We are the oldest established disc golf club north of the Golden Gate Bridge and one of the oldest disc golf club in the United States. We are a non-profit (501c) organization devoted to the promotion of the sport of disc golf, the game for everyone. As one might expect, we have a long track record of excellence both in competition and the administration of our sport. Each year, we organize and host a number of events that raise money for some of the region's most deserving causes while contributing to the expansion and enjoyment of disc golf. Past organizations that have benefitted from our activities include The Boys & Girls Clubs, The Cancer Society, The Food Bank of the Redwoods, Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County, Friends Hospice and others.
The sport of disc golf has changed considerably since those early days on the campus. What started out as a weekly match between classmates has now grown into an international sport with courses throughout the world. The Professional Disc Golf Association, our international governing body, reports a registered membership in excess of sixty thousand players in the United States alone. Our sport has been featured as an exhibition sport at the Olympics and has been the subject of television programming throughout the United States and Canada.