Across the world, ever more golf clubs and courses are warming up to the idea that adding disc golf to their facilities can produce a valuable bump to their bottom lines without hurting traditional golfers' experiences. Whether it's putting in baskets and tees that have disc golfers playing along existing golf fairways or turning little-used executive nines into buzzing 18-hole courses just for disc golfers, the model has proven itself over and over again.
Compared to traditional golf, the installation and upkeep of disc golf infrastructure is minimal in terms of both effort and cost. That makes the added revenue disc golfers bring through round fees as well as food and drink purchases all the more valuable. Put a well-designed disc golf course on a traditional golf course in a place with any sort of disc golf scene, and the players will inevitably come.
From the disc golfers' side, it's a treat to get to play on a well-maintained landscape without worrying about park-goers picnicking in fairways or trail runners obliviously coming at them around a blind curve. Carts as well as on-site restaurants and bars are other bonuses.
Fun fact: The 2021 and 2022 Pro Disc Golf World Championships have been hosted partly on traditional golf courses, and that trend is set to continue at yet another Worlds in 2024.
Here you can find which 10 disc golf courses at active traditional golf courses are the best in the world according to disc golfers with UDisc, the world's #1 disc golf app that includes the largest directory of disc golf courses in existence.
Ranking the Courses
Here's how we came up with the rankings in this post:
- How did you identify disc golf course at active golf courses?
Disc golfers adding courses to the UDisc directory can tag them as certain types of property, e.g., private, public, camp, or military. Another property tag option is "golf course." For this post, we identified every course with the golf course tag and ran the numbers to see where they ranked against each other based on ratings from disc golfers with UDisc (more on the math in the next bullet point). Once we had the rankings, we researched each course at the top of the list and created a top 10 that included only the courses associated with current, active golf courses
Keep in mind that any course not labeled "golf course" at the time we ran our search was not eligible for this list.
- How did you come up with these rankings?
The rankings are based on disc golfers' ratings of the courses in UDisc. However, we didn't go purely off of current rating. Recent course ratings affected courses' overall scores more than older ones. We also took into account how harshly or easily different countries tend to rate courses and made adjustments to even out those differences. Additionally, courses with low numbers of ratings received penalties.
This is the same math we used to create the World's Best Disc Golf Courses 2022.
- Did you limit what part of the world the courses could be in?
No. Courses all over the world were eligible.
The Best Disc Golf Courses at Active Golf Courses: Top 10
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10. Búřov Discgolf at Búřov Golf Club: Valašská Bystřice, Czechia
The Búřov Golf Resort in eastern Czechia has a beginner-friendly nine-hole traditional golf course, and the resort's owner, Silvestr Mikuláštík, lives in a chalet on site. In the mid 2010s, there was a golf summer camp for kids at Búřov, and the organizer got a local disc golfer named Michal Grepl to run a disc golf program during one day of the camp. That marked the first time anyone threw a golf disc at Búřov.
Mikuláštík happened to be friends with the late Petr Konieczny, who was a local disc golf promoter, and Konieczny convinced Mikuláštík to try out a permanent disc golf course at the resort. Mikuláštík installed a nine-basket course in early 2019. Things went so well that he put in another nine baskets later the same year.
The course is beloved by essentially everyone who plays it, and it even hosted the Czech Championships in 2022.
For the first nine holes, the course is technical and wooded as this part of the layout isn't on the golf course. The more open back nine plays along golf fairways and offers great views of the surrounding mountainous landscape and fun, challenging elevation changes. In other words, Búřov offers all the sorts of disc golf players could ask for.
The course is large, and there are quite a few par 4s. Expect rounds well over two hours if you play 18 holes.
If you're thinking about a visit to the course, consider making a real trip out of it as Mikuláštík rents out rooms in the Chalet that's on site.
9. Reidy Creek Disc Golf Course at Reidy Creek Golf Course: Escondido, California
Disc golfers Ryan Meagher and Allen Risley (creator of the first-ever disc golf course directory, among many other accolades) introduced disc golf to Reidy Creek Golf Course in 2019. Reidy Creek was a city-owned course run by a hired management company, and it wasn't doing particular well. Meagher and Risley wanted to show management that disc golf could help.
"I joined with Ryan to present disc golf to the course manager, and we convinced them to let us run an Ice Bowl event in early 2019," Risley recounted. "We had over 100 players, demonstrating that there was interest and demand for disc golf."
That turnout proved disc golf's viability, and a permanent course went in shortly after the tournament. Being around 40 minutes' drive north of San Diego, Reidy Creek is in an area with huge population density but relatively few disc golf courses, and local disc golfers were clearly happy to have a new place to play.
"Adding disc golf vastly improved the finances for Reidy Creek," Risley said. "Before disc golf, the city was considering closing the golf course. Once disc golf was added, the course became profitable for the city – so much so that when the city put out bids for a new golf course management company, they stipulated that disc golf would remain, even with a change in management."
Reidy Creek is a course that puts a premium on placement. With plenty of baskets in areas with roll-away potential, sand traps that act as stroke-stealing hazards, and golf greens that are out of bounds for disc golfers, being accurate and playing smart are important to keeping an unmarred scorecard.
The course has three sets of tee positions suitable for players at various skill levels. In order of most to least difficult, those are blue, white, and red. Even the red tees, though, call for multiple hucks over 300 feet/91 meters if players want to sniff at birdie.
The course doesn't have too many trees used as obstacles, but its elevation changes add plenty of variety to the playing experience.
Note that you'll want to make sure you're phone is well charged as there aren't tee signs, so having UDisc available could help quite a bit with navigation.
8. Foxwood Disc Golf Course (White) at Foxwood Golf & Country Club: Baden, Ontario
The White disc golf course at Foxwood Golf & Country Club is the first of two courses you'll find in this list created with the help of Canadian course designer Darrell Bankes (see #3 for the other). Bankes is no stranger to us here at Release Point as we talked to him for our 2020 post "Join The Clubs: Bringing Disc Golf To Ball Golf Courses."
Notably, the country club is home to a second well-rated, 18-hole disc golf course called Foxwood Red.
Generally, Foxwood White has two disc golf holes for every one traditional golf hole, and you play in the same directions as the golf fairways. But Bankes made use of fairway fringes as much as possible to add variety and challenge.
"'Schnarb' – as we call naturalized areas – creates a dynamic visual and functional edge condition for disc golfers to add to the aesthetic appeal and throwing challenge," Bankes said. "Compared to many U.S. golf courses, this property is quite wooded with mature trees. That's what makes disc golf here so appealing."
The course is aimed at good amateur players, who are challenged at times with distance and at others with calls for accuracy (especially near the course's water features). But Bankes thinks almost anyone can have fun at Foxwood.
"All skill levels find Foxwood enjoyable," he said. "The landscape is so well manicured that you don't really care if it takes you extra shots to get there."
Bankes emphasized that disc golf came to Foxwood thanks to local support from the large regional club Grand River Disc Golf. Also, additional revenue brought into the club's bar and restaurant – especially during tournaments and league nights – has been a solid bump to Foxwood's bottom line, which has led to the complex's continued support for improving and maintaining disc golf infrastructure.
7. Boulder Creek Disc Golf Course at Boulder Creek Golf Club: Boulder Creek, California
A little under an hour southwest of San Jose, California, you'll find Boulder Creek Golf Club nestled in what its owner, Bill Aragona, described as "a beautiful valley with many redwoods on surrounding hillsides." During one of the many recent wildfires in California, Boulder Creek was dramatically affected and had to close for two years.
Before the fire, Boulder Creek had a 27-hole disc golf layout that it planned to use solely for tournaments. Things changed after the blaze, and upon reopening the facility offered just nine holes of traditional golf while dedicating its former ball golf back nine solely to an 18-hole disc golf course. Aragona said the disc golf course's popularity has grown "just through word of mouth," which means "rounds have started to grow and generate much needed extra income."
The current layout is a mix of longer, open shots and shorter technical ones: a marriage of the space's location in a forest and its recent former life as a traditional golf course. Though it's likely not the best course to try your first round of disc golf, it's also not a monster. At Boulder Creek, experienced players can enjoy the enchanting surroundings and plenty of chances for birdies while being challenged to throw a variety of shot shapes and distances.
6. Swenson Park Disc Golf Course at Swenson Park Golf Course: Stockton, California
You can play disc golf on the executive nine of Swenson Park Golf Course thanks to the efforts of the Delta Windjammers Disc Golf Club, which has promoted disc golf in California's San Joaquin Delta region for over 25 years. Though the fairways are mostly open, there are enough trees and water hazards to keep things very interesting.
When you read the course's reviews on UDisc, two themes stand out: The course's excellent maintenance and that it's not for beginners. Swenson is great to look at, but its length and ample water won't make things fun for disc golfers who don't have fairly good distance and considerable accuracy.
Pro disc golf fans should know that the layout used for the OTB Open at Swenson is very different from what's available everyday. The OTB layout is designed by Leonard Muise and utilizes the whole golf course, which includes Swenson's championship 18 for traditional golf. The typical layout at Swenson was designed by the Windjammers' John Oliva.
5. Wildhorse Disc Golf Course at Wildhorse Golf Club: Henderson, Nevada
Wildhorse Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas is best known in the disc golf world as the host of the Las Vegas Challenge (LVC), a tournament which has been the first big event of the Disc Golf Pro Tour for the last two years and will be again in 2023.
That competition, formerly known as the Gentleman's Club Challenge, is why there's disc golf at Wildhorse at all. In 2015, the Las Vegas Disc Golf Club held a smaller event at a different course owned by the same group as Wildhorse that was very successful, and that got the ball rolling (or disc flying, perhaps?) on forming a bigger partnership.
"After the event, the management was so pleased with the turnout, the professionalism of the tournament staff and the players, and – to be honest – the profit that the restaurant on site made that weekend that they invited us to look at several of their courses in the Las Vegas Valley for consideration for the Gentlemen's Club Challenge," said Scott Merritt, Assistant Tournament Director of the LVC. "The course was put together over two months and the turnout was incredible. Word got out of the challenge and beauty of the facility and that's all she wrote."
The exact layouts used at the LVC aren't available for everyday play. In fact, disc golf can only be played at Wildhorse in the early morning or late afternoon, and very different layouts are available depending on the time of day. In the morning, the layout is 23 holes, and in the afternoon it's 21 holes.
Both layouts call for long shots, and though pros often turn in very low scores at Wildhorse, don't expect your time out there to be so easy. Merritt suggested that only experienced and fairly skilled players take on Wildhorse as it's more challenging than it appears on screen.
"While most holes are fairly open, the tees are placed in challenging positions to encourage certain shots," Merritt explained. "Many baskets are on slopes or elevated to make putting treacherous. The scenery is beautiful with many water features on the course. Also, Wildhorse is an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary habitat, meaning that many protected species of water fowl call Wildhorse home."
Visiting disc golfers have a reputation to uphold at Wildhorse as Merritt says they're known for enjoying the club's bar and restaurant more often than traditional golfers as well as being better tippers.
4. Emporia Country Club Disc Golf Course: Emporia, Kansas
For anyone who follows pro disc golf, Emporia Country Club (ECC) needs no introduction. It has hosted two pro disc golf world championships in the last six years and is used for the Dynamic Discs Open (once called the Glass Blown Open), which is a staple on the pro circuit and annually brings hundreds of amateurs from across the country and world to Emporia, Kansas.
The course was designed by former pro disc golf world champion Eric McCabe, and he clearly made it to test the best. Expect ample OB, being asked to throw big shots to get glimpses at birdies (or maybe just pars), and a long round. The average play time on UDisc is over two hours, but a number of reviews mention rounds lasting over three. If the Kansas wind is up, you're in for a very difficult day. Pack some snacks and be ready to put some high numbers on your scorecard.
Though all that might sound more grueling than awesome, know that this course made it on this list because its fun-factor shines through its difficulties. At ECC you'll throw far more shot shapes than you'd think for a fairly open Kansas golf course, and the unexpected hills in the area offer variation and chances to see your discs really soar.
It also helps that Emporia is full of courses that are quite a bit easier where you can boost your ego after an ECC round. It is, after all, the #1 small town for disc golf in the United States.
3. Mauka Disc Golf Course at Princeville Makai Golf Club: Princeville, Hawaii
When disc golf first came to Princeville Makai Golf Club (PMGC), it was played along a nine-hole traditional golf course. The nine-hole was an accessory to the club's main attraction, an 18-hole beauty that Golf Digest ranked among the world's top 100 public courses.
"Former GM Doug Sutter and Kauai resident Santa Phil Worwa shared an incredible vision and worked together to help the Princeville Makai Golf Club take a chance on disc golf on a Robert Trent Jones Junior-designed golf facility," Andrew Duvall, course designer and son of disc golf equipment giant Innova's co-founder Harold Duvall, told us. "They worked with Innova through [Canadian course designer] Darrell Bankes to help get the project rolling."
Andrew, Harold, and Bankes traveled together to Hawaii to design the first version of the course, which closely followed the nine-hole golf course layout so as to not interfere with traditional golfers. In short order, however, it became clear that using that part of the property solely for disc golf would be more financially beneficial to PMGC. That created the opportunity to craft a truly spectacular disc golf experience in a stunning Hawaiian landscape.
"In time, the disc golf course ended up outperforming the nine holes of golf, and the added maintenance cost savings in moving to a disc golf-only model made sense for the club," Andrew said. "With the golf no longer in play, designing on the fringes, crossing fairways and making the most of all the features that a golf course might avoid allowed for this to become a disc golfer's dream: Wooded shot shapes, big water carries, mountain views, unique tee and green features, and two sets of tees for two completely different course experiences for all levels."
The changes were completed in record time thanks to the hard work of the Makai Club's grounds crew and local business Kickass Concrete.
Though the greens fees are high compared to what most disc golfers are used to, Andrew believes they're very worth what you get – as well as cheaper than most other nearby recreational opportunities.
"The only issue is the views are so good that it might distract you from the disc golf," Andrew quipped.
2. Brooktrails Disc Golf Course: Willits, California
Opened in 1962, Brooktrails existed as just a traditional golf course for over a half century before baskets came to its fairways. However, it seems like it was always a disc golf course at heart.
"The whole course is wooded, even the ball golf part of it – it's super narrow," owner Marcus Newby said. "It's a unique place. I don't think there's anywhere in the world quite like it."
Newby remarked that some golfers get frustrated by how straight those strangely wooded traditional golf fairways ask them to hit. But, of course, the trees are exactly what disc golfers love, and their affection is easy to see in the rave reviews the course has on UDisc. In fact, Brooktrails isn't just a top golf/disc golf hybrid course, it's one of the top five disc golf courses of any kind in California.
He wasn't the owner when disc golf first arrived at Brooktrails in 2014, but Newby knows the basics of how it got there. Two local disc golfers, Michael Bennett and Levi Fagundes of the local Basket Beaters Disc Golf Club, approached the previous owner with the idea to add disc golf permanently to Brooktrails. The owner liked the sound of it, and the disc golfers raised money from various sources to fund baskets and tee construction.
The course they created is best suited to experienced players, but it isn't so difficult that you need elite skill to score on every hole. Newby said it's not uncommon that disc golfers get a day pass and play the course four to six times before heading home.
As for atmosphere, Brooktrails is difficult to beat.
"It's just pure beauty, honestly," Newby said. "You're up in the mountains. It's very secluded, and you're in a giant redwood forest. They're all basically third-generation redwoods, 200 to 250 feet [61 to 76 meters] tall. Then it's manicured on top of that."
There are also creeks throughout the course with picturesque foot bridges crossing over them.
As Brooktrails is run by just Newby and one part-time helper, the Basket Beaters still do a lot of volunteer work to keep the course up to snuff (Newby said club member Joseph Haggard specifically deserves a shout-out here). Along with clearing fairways of debris from those towering redwoods, they run multiple events throughout the year that help raise money for course maintenance and updates. Currently, the big goal is to upgrade course signage so that everything is easier to navigate.
1. Krokhol Disc Golf Course at Krokhol Golf Club: Siggerud, Norway
Krokhol is a place that disc golf course connoisseurs will already have on their bucket lists. Built just a few years ago, this course just outside Norway's capital of Oslo has quickly become a staple in the top 10 of the World's Best Disc Golf Courses, moving up to #2 in 2022.
We've already covered Krokhol's history and what it's like to play in detail in "World's Best Disc Golf Courses: Krokhol," but we'll give you the short and sweet version here.
An Oslo disc golf club was in talks with the city about finding new land for a course since their home track was extremely overcrowded. One day a club member scanning Google Maps for likely course locations saw a large swath of cleared property just outside the city. A couple of club members went to check it out and discovered the site that would soon be home to Krokhol Disc Golf Course – an area that used to have nine traditional golf holes that the still-active Krokhol Golf Club had stopped using and maintaining.
The land was simply fantastic. It was full of elevation changes, rock faces, little streams and pools, and areas where wooded holes could be added in to go with the more open fairways golfers formerly roamed. Additionally, there would be no worries about joggers, soccer players, or picnickers making disc golf iffy-at-best on pretty days.
The owner of the golf club welcomed disc golf as a way to turn land he wasn't using into an asset, and the rest has been a disc golf success story for the history books.
The group who originally found the property teamed up with another Oslo club to make Krokhol the jewel of Norway's rapidly growing disc golf scene. The course has generously sized turf tee pads (many on huge wooden platforms that provide a flat run-up no matter what terrain you're on), benches, bridges, well-marked OB, and is kept in a constant state of excellence. It's become so popular that tee times had to be instituted on weekends to keep the course from overflowing.
The high level of traffic also supports an extremely well-stocked disc golf shop located above the Krokhol Golf Club's cafe.
The Gold layout is a beautiful bruiser meant to test the best disc golfers. Most players should expect very few birdies and to sigh in relief when they walk away from almost any hole with a par.
The Blue layout isn't a cake walk, but it is far more forgiving than Gold and likely to offer the majority of players a more enjoyable round. It has all the views and atmosphere of Gold but is much less likely to produce wailing and gnashing of teeth due to shorter distances and more forgiving gaps and angles off some tees.
On both layouts, huge elevation changes, drop-offs just to the side of fairways, tight OB, and tricky basket placements are the norm.
Think We Missed Something?
If there's a fantastic disc golf course at an active golf course you think we missed, feel free to check if it's in the UDisc disc golf course directory. If it's not, here's how to add a course to UDisc.