The Most Popular Disc Golf Course In Every U.S. State: 2021

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Alex WilliamsonWriter, Editor
Jan 19 • 6 min read
A map of the U.S. in gray with blue dots indicating the most popular course in each state's location
The location of each state's most popular disc golf course in 2021. The bigger the dot, the more plays a course had.

2021 recently came to a close, and it's high time for our annual rundown of the most popular disc golf courses in every state of the country with more disc golfers and disc golf courses than any place in the world: the United States. If you caught our recent post "The 5 Most Popular Disc Golf Courses In Every Country: 2021," you'll already know two states' most popular courses. But here's your chance to learn the other 48.

In years previous, we've only revealed which courses were the most popular, but there's a lot more this time around, including play counts, year-to-year growth percentage (2020 to 2021), and "popularity grades."

You'll find all that information in a table at the end of this post. But before you get there, there's info to help you better understand and interpret the stats as well as a few notes on highlight takeaways.

Why "Most Popular" Isn't "Best"

While something being "popular" doesn't exclude it from being the "best," the two words are often used to mean very different things. For example, McDonald's is the world's most popular restaurant, but we doubt it's where many people have had the best meal of their lives.

Here, "most popular" means "most played."

In the case of disc golf courses, a certain amount of quality is associated with popularity as Josh Woods of the blog Parked discussed in a guest post for us back in 2019 called "Are 'Popular' Courses 'Good' Courses?". Still, location, length, and difficulty also affect how many people play a course regularly. Often, the courses that fit into the most populated areas tend to be shorter and aimed at recreational and intermediate players (who make up the majority of disc golfers), and while those sorts of courses don't often reach the upper echelons in overall ratings, they get played a lot.

For those who want to know what the best disc golf courses in their state are, check out "The 5 Best Disc Golf Courses In Each U.S. State: 2021."

Proof of Disc Golf's Continued Huge Growth

A disc golf basket in green park grass with mountains behind
View from the first basket at Nevada's most popular course, Mountain Crest. Photo uploaded to UDisc Courses by texas2putts

When we looked at the differences between total plays at each state's most popular course in 2020 and 2021, the trend was extremely clear. Average growth was a 33.5% increase in plays from year to year.

The largest increases happened in Nevada (92%), Oregon (85.5%), and South Dakota (81.8%) while just two states' most popular courses had fewer plays in 2021 than 2020 – Connecticut (-16%) and Vermont (-7.6%).

Of course, these numbers only reflect changes at very popular courses, so we can't use them to say exactly how much disc golf grew across the U.S. generally in 2021. However, the stats do indicate that disc golf participation in national hot spots for the sport tended to increase dramatically last year.

Other Interesting Takeaways

A disc golf basket under a tree blooming with purple flowers
Morley Field in San Diego in bloom. Photo uploaded to UDisc Courses by skicalvin
  • More repeat champs than ever
    We've released each state's most popular course annually since 2018. In 2019 and 2020, precisely 20 states had a different most popular course than the year before. In 2021, that number dropped to just 13 states. We'll need quite a few more years of stats to know what "normal" looks like in regards to how many states' top-played courses change from year to year, but it's interesting to note the fairly significant drop.
  • The fall of Texas
    We always organize the list of each state's most popular course by highest to lowest number of plays recorded. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, California's most popular course came first followed by Texas'. That trend ended this time around, with Minnesota's top course (which had never been higher than fifth before) narrowly edging it's way into the number two spot and pushing Texas's to number three.
  • Pay-to-play near top and almost nowhere else
    There are only six courses among the 50 (one "most popular" per state) that require players to pay a fee to play them. But of those six, four are in the top 10 for plays among the state's most popular courses (including the courses listed first, second, and third). We imagine this has to do with how demand is high enough in these places for pay-to-play courses to thrive. It'll be interesting to see if the growth of the sport generates other highly successful pay-to-play venues that make this list in years to come or if the draw of "free" will continue to dominate.

What to Know Before Reading the Stats

Here are important things to know before you dive into the table.

On Where the Stats Came From and Their Meanings

  • $: This symbol next to a course's name means the course requires a fee of some type.
  • Plays: The number of rounds recorded in 2021 on a course with the UDisc app, the #1 app for disc golfers. Not every round of disc golf is recorded in UDisc, but research conducted in 2020 suggested that roughly one out of every five rounds is.
  • Change in Plays: 2020 to 2021: Compares the total plays of each state's most popular course in 2020 to 2021's total.
  • New Champ: A "Yes" in this column means a state had a different most popular course in 2020.
  • +/-: How many spots the 2021 top course in a state rose or fell in relation to where the state's top course was on the 2020 list. For example, Minnesota's top course was #5 in total plays in relation to other states' top courses in 2020; this year it was #2 and has a ▲3 in this category.
  • World Pop. Grade: The "Pop." stands for "popularity. This is a quick and interesting way to compare every course's play total with 2021's most popular disc golf course in the world (a course in Norway). If you've ever had a test graded on a curve, it's pretty much the same thing. The course with the most plays in the world set the bar and got a 100. The other courses' "grades" are based on what percentage their play counts are of the highest plays total. For example, if a course has a World Pop. Grade of 20, it means it had 20% of the plays that the world's most popular course did in 2021.

On Organization and Tips for Correct Interpretation

  • The table is organized from the most played to the least played course, but...
  • ... don't forget that the stats include only the top course from each state. Because some states have multiple courses with more plays than the top course in other states, no course's position in the table – other than #1 – reflects its overall popularity as compared to all courses in the United States.

The Most Popular Disc Golf Course in Every U.S. State: 2021

  • On mobile or tablet, swipe left/right on the table to see all columns.
  State Course City Plays Change in Plays: 2020 to 2021
New Champ?
+/- World
Pop.
Grade
1 California Morley Field $ San Diego 39,894 ▲53.9% 91
2 Minnesota Kaposia Park $ South Saint Paul 24,535 ▲49.7% Yes ▲3 56
3 Texas Zilker Park $ Austin 24,098 ▲17.0% Yes ▼1 55
4 Colorado Johnny Roberts DGC Arvada 22,393 ▲20.7% ▼1 51
5 Pennsylvania Sedgley Woods Philadelphia 22,285 ▲35.0% ▲1 51
6 Oregon Pier Park Portland 21,272 ▲85.5% ▲12 49
7 North Carolina Kentwood Raleigh 19,675 ▲42.5% ▲3 45
8 New Jersey Stafford Woods Voorhees Township 19,321 ▲49.8% ▲5 44
9 Massachusetts Maple Hill $ Leicester 19,080 ▲38.1% ▼1 44
10 New Hampshire The Hollows North Manchester 17,341 ▲5.8% ▼6 40
11 Utah Creekside Park Millcreek 16,900 ▲12.7% ▼4 39
12 Illinois The Canyons at Dellwood Park Lockport 16,542 ▲12.7% ▼3 38
13 Florida Ed Austin Park [Fore Palms] Jacksonville 16,241 ▲70.0% ▲17 37
14 Kansas Rosedale Park (Up Top) Kansas City 16,042 ▲28.7% ▼2 37
15 Georgia Oregon Park Marietta 15,720 ▲15.0% ▼4 36
16 Arizona Vista Del Camino Park Scottsdale 14,776 ▲23.8% ▲1 34
17 Tennessee Seven Oaks Nashville 14,756 ▲45.8% ▲7 34
18 Ohio Brent Hambrick Memorial DGC Westerville 14,209 ▲34.7% Yes ▲1 32
19 South Carolina Splinter City DGC Myrtle Beach 14,188 ▲77.5% Yes ▲13 32
20 Washington Lakewood King County Park Seattle 14,110 ▲33.7% ▲1 32
21 Virginia Bayville Park Virginia Beach 13,703 ▲16.9% ▼6 31
22 Kentucky Shillito Park Lexington 13,651 ▲56.5% ▲6 31
23 Michigan Garfield Park Grand Rapids 13,362 ▲21.4% Yes ▼9 30
24 Wisconsin Elver Park $ Madison 12,655 ▲41.7% Yes ▲1 29
25 Nevada Mountain Crest Las Vegas 12,365 ▲92% ▲14 28
26 Louisiana City Park DGC New Orleans 12,332 ▲4.4% ▼10 28
27 Arkansas J.Beast Springdale 12,093 ▲36.3% ▲6 28
28 New York Ellicott Creek Park Tonawanda 11,746 ▲39.1% Yes ▼2 27
29 Iowa Grandview Park Des Moines 11,202 ▲18.9% ▼7 26
30 Maryland Druid Hill - Legacy Baltimore 11,111 ▲43.6% Yes ▲5 25
31 Maine Pleasant Hill $ Scarborough 10,938 ▲16.7% ▼8 25
32 Idaho Ann Morrison Park Boise 10,389 ▲20.0% ▼1 24
33 Delaware White Clay Creek State Park Newark 10,277 ▲11.9% ▼4 23
34 Missouri Willmore Park St. Louis 10,171 ▲13.3% Yes ▼7 23
35 Indiana Hazel Landing Indianapolis 10,076 ▲39.8% ▲3 23
36 Nebraska Seymour Smith Park La Vista 9,598 ▲34.0% ▲1 22
37 Alabama Brahan Springs Park Huntsville 9,056 ▲17.5% ▼3 21
38 Oklahoma Griffin Park Norman 8,921 ▲22.2% ▼2 20
39 Connecticut Page Park Bristol 8,455 ▼-16% ▼19 19
40 West Virginia Valley Park Hurricane 6,310 ▲17.5% ▲1 14
41 South Dakota Jackson Park Rapid City 6,181 ▲81.8% Yes ▲3 14
42 Rhode Island Curtis Corner Athletic Field South Kingstown 5,727 ▲13.3% 13
43 New Mexico Roosevelt Park Albuquerque 5,158 ▲66.3% ▲5 12
44 Vermont Brewster Ridge Disc Golf Course $ Cambridge 5,041 ▼-7.6% Yes ▼4 11
45 Mississippi Tatum Park Hattiesburg 4,914 ▲23.2% ▲1 11
46 Montana Blue Mountain Missoula 4,655 ▲39.0% Yes ▼1 11
47 North Dakota Oak Grove Park Fargo 4,057 ▲41.9% 9
48 Alaska Kincaid Park Anchorage 3,865 ▲8.8% ▼5 9
49 Hawaii Kupuohi Waipahu 3,479 ▲62.9% 8
50 Wyoming Spring Creek DGC Laramie 2,555 ▲43.9% Yes 6

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