Ed Headrick Memorial Museum - Appling, Georgia
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Quick Description: “Steady” Ed Headrick, a former employee of Wham-O, is considered the Father of Disc Golf. He invented and patented the Disc Pole Hole. Ed coined the term Frisbyterians, for those who loved to play Frisbee.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/13/2014 9:04:51 PM
Waymark Code: WMKPZ4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
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The Headrick Memorial Museum is located inside the International Disc Golf Center.

Edward Early Headrick was born on June 28, 1924 and grew up in Pasadena, California. Ed was an inventor, innovator, and marketing genius regarded as someone who could not only "think outside the box" but would redesign that box. His life experiences included traveling the deep seas as a diver/welder and being embedded behind enemy lines as an advanced military scout spying on the Nazi troop movements in World War II. He invented oil skimmers after seeing the destruction oil tanker spills left behind, and he shared Johnny Carson's stage as a toy inventor.

More than any of his many lifetime accomplishments Ed Headrick is most popularly remembered for his vision of turning a toy—the Frisbee—into the basis for a host of disc sports that have become a part of the lives for millions of people. Ed Headrick is known as "The Father of Disc Sports," and “The Father of Disc Golf.” Ed was nicknamed “Steady” Ed for his composure and accuracy while making the toughest throws under pressure, traits he exhibited throughout his life.

Bust of Ed Headrick
During the mid-1970s, Ed coined and trademarked the term "Disc Golf" and standardized the sport by inventing the Disc Pole Hole, the first disc golf target to incorporate chains and a basket on a pole. Headrick founded the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and Recreational Disc Golf Association (RDGA) as governing bodies for professional, competitive amateur, and family-oriented play, and worked on standardizing the rules and the equipment for the quickly-growing sport. Headrick abandoned his trademark on the term "Disc Golf," and turned over control and administration of the PDGA to the growing body of disc golf players in order to focus his passion for building and inventing equipment for the sport.

This is the first flying disc entrapment device as invented and constructed by Ed Headrick in his garage in La Canada, CA in 1976.

The device was patented in August 1977 and was the prototype for the DGA Mach I polehole. This design also went on to become the standard flying disc entrapment device for the sport of disc golf.

This polehole was presented to the Disc Golf Hall of Fame by Ed Headrick and is on loan to the PDGA International Disc Golf Center.

First Prototype Polehole

Golf Disc Display Pro and Super Pro Discs Santa Cruz Discs

More photos from inside the Headrick Museum and International Disc Golf Center can be found on Flickr.

Upon his death in August 2002, Ed Headrick was cremated and his ashes were molded into a limited number of discs per his wishes. The discs were given to friends and family, and some were sold with all proceeds going toward funding the "Steady" Ed Memorial Disc Golf Museum at the PDGA International Disc Golf Center in Columbia County, Georgia. One of the discs that contains Headrick's ashes was thrown on to the roof of the center by his wife Farina at the grand opening to fulfill the addage, "Old Frisbee players are like old Frisbee's ... They don't die, they just land up on the roof." Those that believe in this philosophy are known as Frisbyterians.
Disc Containing Ed's Cremated Ashes

Days and Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sat: 9AM-5PM Sun: Closed

International Disc Golf Center
Wildwood Park
Appling, Georgia USA

Related Website: [Web Link]

Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

What is in the collection:
Frisbees, Photos, Disc Pole Hole, disc golf history, memorabilia

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