The Professional Disc Golf Association founded National Disc Golf Day to celebrate one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. August is a significant month for the sport of disc golf. The first patent (#4,039,189) was issued on a chain-catching device to “Steady” Ed Headrick on August 12th, 1977, which changed the future of the sport. It is now a standard for course design.
Additionally, on August 2, 1974, disc golfers in the Rochester, NY area decided to make their annual City of Rochester Disc Golf Championship a big national tournament. Their goal was to find out just how many other people around the country were playing disc golf. They called the event the American Flying Disc Open, and to attract the attention of the Frisbee™ community, they put up a brand new 1974 automobile to be awarded to the winner!
The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in July of 2016.