New to disc golf, or just moved to town? In these situations it can be difficult to find out where to play. Or maybe you've decided there's a lack of courses in your area and you're seeking assistance with course design and installation for your area. We are here to help in both instances and we've provided some resources here to help get those discs flying:
Many great resources exist for finding information about the thousands of great disc golf courses in the U.S. We provide a few links here to those we've found to be most helpful, and a couple reasons why we like 'em...
Probably the most complete course information website out there, Disc Golf Course Review has a super-active user base that keeps the course information up to date, provides reviews and adds photos and extra information to the listings. Search for courses by many different criteria (zip code, state, rating, etc) or plot your next road trip by finding courses visually on the provided graphical map. A great tool!
This site is more of a disc golf social network, but it provides a decent course directory tool as a side component of the rest of the features they offer. Generally, you'll find a good amount of reviews and bonus course information here, since the site draws many players for its other features that end up adding info on the courses they play.
The PDGA has upgraded their online course directory in recent years and decked it out with some great new features. Less detailed that Disc Golf Course Review, but still providing the essentials, this one is easy to find for people just getting into the sport.
If you're a Fort Collins player and just need some info on the courses nearby, we've got you covered there, too. Following are some resources for some of the excellent local course offerings:
Aggie Greens is Fort Collins' newest course, having just gone in in 2012. It offers a good mix of shorter and long holes, but was designed with an eye to longer courses of the future. Relatively flat with a few elevated shots mixed in and many young trees that will prove formidable as they continue to grow. Parking is available at the southwest corner of the property, with hole one's tee located right next to the parking lot.
Boltz is a great little nine-hole course installed in the mid-nineties. Not a destination course as much as an escape from the crowds at the other, busier courses, this one is great for variety and for getting out for some low-key practice. Very flat terrain with scattered, mature trees and a small creek splitting the course that can be used as an OB line for additional challenge. Holes are all relatively short but offer a good amount of variation ranging from short putter shots to a couple good driver throws. Boltz will throw you a loop—you'll find it to be more challenging that is seems at first.
Beaver Meadows is a true gem in the rough—a great championship-level course tucked away far off the beaten path. On any given day at Beaver Meadows you may find that you have the course to yourself—with the exception of a few friendly horses from the local dude ranch. Unique also because it has a full service restaurant on site with a great patio, paddle boats, condos with incredible views for rent overlooking the course... the amenities are top-notch! The course is equally impressive, with a wide variety of holes ranging from uphill, downhill, open to tight trees—a great variety all around. Be sure to check in with the staff before playing as this is private property and a pay-to-play course.
"CLP", or "Laporte"—as it's referred to by the locals—is one of the best tiny courses you'll ever play. A tiny nine-holer tucked between the school and the bike path, at Laporte every hole could be an ace—or a bogey—making this a really fun little course to test your short game on. Also a good choice for the blazing-hot days, as it is nearly all shaded, this one is popular with players of all abilities.
Edora park is Fort Collins disc golf. This was the first course featuring actual baskets installed in Fort Collins, dating back to the late 80's. Edora has birthed many a top-notch pro and is a favorite of players around the country. Slight, rolling hills give it some elevation change and the scattered trees are just thick enough to provide a challenge while leaving lots of room for creative shots. Many tricky short holes and a handful of good length driver shots makes Edora a well-balanced course that's enjoyable for all.
"FCHS" can be a little hard to navigate due to the walks between holes, but it's a really fun course once you get a feel for the layout. Not a long course but challenging because of the streets, ponds and fenced areas near the fairways, anyone can have fun here. Locals like to play the many concrete drainages and sidewalks as OB lines, which raises the difficulty level considerably and makes this a great practice course for competitive players. Be sure to print a map to bring with you so you can find your way around, and don't head out to play this one until after school hours.
Currently Windsor's only course after the tornado took out the other one, the town of Windsor has provided a sorely-needed amenity for the areas east of I-25. Oxbow is short, but don't let that fool you, this is a great course that will test your accuracy and require a variety of shots in your bag. Oxbow provides a unique flavor you won't find at other local courses and is definitely worth the short drive from Fort Collins.
Even though both Sundance and Beaver Meadows are located near Red Feather Lakes, people often refer to Sundance as, "Redfeather". In the few years it has been around it's flavor of clean, open mountain golf along with the staff and owners' friendly demeanor has made Sundance a favorite of locals and travelers alike. You can expect moderate elevation change throughout the course and relatively open, long holes through a rolling valley broken up by a handful of technical, treed-fairway shots. Grab a cabin and stay the night, or reserve a table for their signature, ranch-style hearty lunch—you won't regret it. Sundance is also a private course so don't forget to stop by the lodge and pay the modest greens fee before hitting the course.
Bill Wright, the founder and owner of the Wright Life, has helped many communities and landowners design and install courses on their properties. We can help price out a package, including baskets, tee signs and plot out a professionally designed course of any length or level of difficulty. For more information on how to get started, contact us at 970-484-6932 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.