Disc Golf Course Bucket List – The Most Exquisite Courses


Playing at the same disc golf course week after week can get boring. Even when you are cycling through the few courses that may be within driving distance of your home, you’ll start to think about other courses around the world. Well, its time to put together a disc golf bucket list before time gets away from you. These are some of the top courses in the world. Many of these courses are free to play. For the ones that are pay to play, the fees are incredibly small. Usually around $5 to $10.

1. The Beast Disc Golf Course

  • Location: Nokia, Finland
  • Created: 2003
  • Designed by: Jukka Teräs
  • Type of Course: Free to play
  • Holes: 12 – 18

This course is one of the most beautiful on earth when it is prepared for the European Open tournament layout. It has a permanent course setup with 12 holes sprawled across a massive park. However, it is the 18 hole tournament configuration that most people are interested in playing. It is very fun to watch the pros shred through this course and would be incredibly challenging for others. When it is setup, it offers both open and wooded holes with par 3s, 4s, and 5s, all totaling a par 64 course over 9,000 feet. Unfortunately, most of the year the tournament layout is taken down. The 12 hole permanent course is thought to be a bit underwhelming, so it would be key to hit this one at the right time of year to make it worthwhile.

2. De LaVeaga Park Disc Golf Course

  • Location: Santa Cruz, California
  • Created: 1983
  • Type of Course: Free to play
  • Holes: 27

De LaVeaga has become one of the most well-known courses in the world. It is known for a variety of elevation changes from hole to hole. The term “DeLa’ed” has been affectionately associated with this course meaning when a disc has an unlucky roll down a hill. And there are many places for this to occur at this course. Certainly designed with the top pros in mind, but can be extremely fun for amateurs and recreational players given the extra challenge. The final hole of the course is know as “Top of the World” where the tee pad is position far atop a hill overlooking the landscape with Monterey Bay in the background.

3. Hilltop Disc Golf Course

  • Location: Anchorage, Alaska
  • Created: 2011
  • Designed by: John Lorenzan & Thad Murgatroyd
  • Type of Course: Pay to play
  • Holes: 18

Hilltop DGC is on a mountainside in Alaska. Need I say more? This is a quintessential mountain type course that doubles are a ski area during the winter seasons with many elevation changes from hole to hole. Since the baskets are positioned on the mountain side, the scenic views overlooking Anchorage are breathtaking. The holes are either uphill or downhill. The uphill throws will challenge all skill levels, while the downhill throws are incredibly satisfying to watch the disc fly far distances. This is a seasonal course so you would want to plan your trip accordingly between ski seasons.

4. Borderland State Park Disc Golf Course

  • Location: Easton, Massachusetts
  • Created: 1999
  • Type of Course: Pay to play
  • Holes: 18

Massachusetts is an absolutely beautiful state. And this course follows that trend. This course is setup with a 18 holes, but there are multiple variations that players to take to make this interesting to come back to. There is a mixture of open and wooded holes. Although the open holes tend to have just enough trees to still keep it interesting. The course is setup perfectly for easy flow, along with the alluring aesthetic of the state park.

5. Base Camp Disc Golf Course

  • Location: Moab, Utah
  • Created: 2004
  • Type of Course: Pay to play
  • Holes: 18

The Base Camp course is unlike any other course in the world. It is located in the middle of the Moab desert with plenty of open holes that are ace run worthy. Beware, this course is not for the faint of heart. The designers put together a number of holes that are very near the edge of massive cliff drop offs. Although the trade off is worth it. Watching the disc fly over huge chasms to safety on the other side is a spectacular sight. Disc golf is traditionally played on lightly or heavily wooded courses, but this course is the exception.

6. BlueGill Disc Golf Course

  • Location: Wayland, Michigan
  • Created: 2001
  • Designed by: Joe Gill
  • Type of Course: Pay to play
  • Holes: 24

BillGill course is clearly put together by seasoned disc golfers who understand what makes a hole challenging, yet still fun. There is ever type of hole here. Tunnel shots, open shots, short holes, long holes, uphill, downhill, over water, next to water, you name it. So be prepared for a long day of exciting disc golf, because the margin of error here is low. The owner of the land and course designer Joe Gill is what makes this course worthwhile and keeps players coming back for more.

7. Longford Park Disc Golf Course

  • Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Created: 2015
  • Designed by: Stevie Senior & Alan Heckman
  • Type of Course: Free to play
  • Holes: 18

The Longford Park disc golf course is situated on an immaculate park with mostly flat holes, with a few lightly wooded ones. The course is shared with the public so there is the occasionally bystander walking by. The charm of this course is that it is care for by volunteers from the local club. Their passion for disc golf comes through in how well it is designed on the space given and the continual maintenance and improvements.

8. Fountain Hills Park Disc Golf Course

  • Location: Fountain Hills, Arizona
  • Created: 1981
  • Type of Course: Free to play
  • Holes: 19

This course is known for the large fountain in the middle of a lake that erupts every hour or so. What is fantastic about this course is it is completely designed around the lake that contains the fountain. Most of the course is wide open with a few mature trees situated around each of the baskets. However, the baskets are typically positioned near the water making it very likely you’ll lose a few discs along the way at Fountain Hills Park. If you are ever in Phoenix, AZ, this is the place to stop by first. Avoid the hot summers, but the whether is perfect around winter.

9. Coyote Hills Disc Golf Course

  • Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • Created: 2011
  • Designed by: Carlisle Coyotes
  • Type of Course:
  • Holes: 18

Coyote Hills DGC is a very hard course that is played mostly in the woods around mature trees. If you are accustomed to open field courses, this will be extra challenging. The local disc golf club keeps the grounds well-maintained throughout the season. While this course is a difficult one, it keeps players engaged with the varied holes shapes and elevation changes. You may get tired, but you won’t get bored.

10. Flip City Disc Golf Course

  • Location: Shelby, Michigan
  • Created: 1980
  • Designed by: Bill McKenzie
  • Type of Course: Pay to play
  • Holes: 24

Out of all the courses in Michigan, Flip City is certainly one of the top. This course is thoughtfully laid out across a beautiful landscape. There’s plenty of elevation changes, rock formation obstacles, narrow wooded holes, and blind baskets. It may be pay to play, but the pay is worth it. The property owner certainly keeps a close watch on the property, never letting it fall into disrepair.

11. Kõrvemaa Disc Golf Course

  • Location: Kõrvemaa, Estonia
  • Created: 2014
  • Type of Course: Pay to play
  • Holes: 18

Disc golf is quickly becoming popular in Estonia. More and more courses are popping up over there. This course is situated along side the Kõrvemaa Hiking and Ski Resort, making this a seasonal course. The course is a mixture of open shots and wooded shots. But what is great about this course are the rolling hills that the players need to traverse when exploring all 7,300 feet that the 18 holes present.

12. Smugglers’ Notch Resort Disc Golf Courses – Fox Run & Brewster Ridge

  • Location: Jeffersonvile, Vermont
  • Created: 2012 / 2016
  • Designed by: Jeff Spring
  • Type of Course: Pay to play
  • Holes: 36

I thoroughly enjoy going to locations that have two courses. Smugglers’ Notch Resort is a great stop if ever in Vermont as it has both Fox Run & Brewster Ridge in the same spot. Brewster ridge is definitely the course to play on if you are an amateur or playing for recreation. Fox Run can be difficult for non-pro level players. Both courses are cut from mature forest with only a few open holes, which is what makes these courses enticing to play on.

13. Steady Ed Headrick Memorial Disc Golf Course

  • Location: Appling, Georgia
  • Created: 2006
  • Designed by: Chuck Kennedy & Tom Monroe
  • Type of Course: Free to play
  • Holes: 18

The Steady Ed Headrick Memorial course is named after one of the early founders of modern day disc golf, making this an essential course for anyone’s bucket list. Referred to as “The Ed” by those familiar with the course, it is set up against the edge of Clarks Hill Lake. The grounds are well maintained. Each hole offers a variety of choices off the tee, spread through rolling hills and fully grown forest. It is located at the International Disc Golf Center along with 2 other courses. Of the three, this is by far the favorite and most appropriate for all skill levels.

Scott Heywood

I'm Scott Heywood, the guy behind Disc Golf Report Report. I've been playing disc golf over the last several years and have become obsessed with it. At least a few times a week you'll find me out on a course playing, but when I'm not, I'm writing about the sport here on Disc Golf Report.

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