Professional disc golf has come a long way in the last few years. In fact, between 2009 and 2012, nearly 1,000 new courses were built around the world, bringing the total to 4,000 worldwide.
Just looking at a map of the United States, there are a few select areas that are not covered, meaning there is still room for growth in the sport. According to Sara Nicholson, membership manager of the Professional Disc Golf Association, there is a lot of potential for disc golf, especially at the collegiate level.
“It is one of the fastest growing areas of the sport,” said Nicholson. “Many courses are going in on campuses, and many universities see the potential of the sport.”
Among places where the sport is well established, including California, Texas, Wisconsin and North Carolina, there are hundreds of great courses for professional and amateur events. Nicholson pointed out that the Charlotte, N.C. area has put in 14 courses just for the world championship event in July, which will bring 12,000 disc golfers to the city. The courses vary from short intermediate level ones to challenging, upper-advanced level courses. The Charlotte courses are Bailey, Bradford, Eastway, Elon Angry Beaver, Elon Eager Beaver, Hornet’s Nest, Idlewild, Kilborne, Nevin, Reedy Creek, Renaissance, R.L. Smith, Sugaw and Winget.
In Scottsdale, Arizona, Fountain Hills Park and Vista De Camino Park were home of the Memorial Championship, the first competition on the PDGA Tour.
Highbridge, Wisconsin has some of the top-rated courses by PDGA members, including Highbridge Gold, Granite Ridge and Blueberry Hill. All have been used for Pro Worlds Championships and are considered to be some of the most intricate and challenging 18-hole courses in the state.
DeLaveaga Park in Santa Cruz, California is one of the largest in the area, with 28 holes. It features dynamic layouts that offer a wide array of shots. Players also like the scenery since the course includes cliffs, meadows, large redwoods and great views of Monterey Bay.