After much deliberation, the team at Best Disc Golf Discs has finally set our picks for the Top Disc Golf Courses of 2015. Our chief criteria? Simply put, Fun. We have the opportunity to play many, many courses around North America each year, and there are some courses we consider to be absolute “must-play” locations when we visit the area.
Location: Knoxville, TN
Knoxville, TN has several very fun and challenging courses, but what may be the Top Course in all of Tennessee is Victor Ashe Park.
Why We Like it: Victor Ashe is immaculately maintained and has excellent signage for players. Combinations of long/short pin placements accommodate all skill levels and make it a course you can play repeatedly and still find interesting. The fairways are predominantly open and sparsely treed with most pins out in the open, but positioned so you’ll have to work around a tree (or island of trees) on your approach to set up a putt. This variety creates a mix of shot options that are both fun and challenging.
Location: Wrightwood, CA
We typically prefer free courses, but $7 for 27 holes on this stunning course is well worth the price
Why We Like it: This challenging course was designed by Innova’s Dave Dunnipace , and covers a 2.5 mile stretch through the historic Angeles National forest. The course is not exceptionally difficult if you play it safe, but the elevation changes create a large number of high risk, high reward shot opportunities. The staff is incredibly helpful and friendly, and as an added bonus the possibility of coming across some interesting wildlife is very high.
Location: Apple Valley, MN
Excellent variety in hole layouts, elevation changes, and tree density make Alimagnet park the best course in Minnesota for 2015.
Why We Like it: The city of Apple Valley has clearly placed in interest in the course as it has continued to improve each year since we first played it in 2000. What we enjoy the most is that there are several holes in which an ace is possible with the right line. Miss your line, however, and you will be praying for a bogey. As with our other top picks it offers excellent variety from hole-to-hole, and is fun for players of all skill levels.
Colorado Heights University DGC
Location: Denver, CO
This is another paid course (annual membership required), but in our opinion this is easily the best course in Colorado.
Why We Like it: Mature tree lines, nice brooks, and topographical changes make this an incredibly fun course to play. Multiple basket locations for each hole make for constant variety, and the scenery as you play through this university course is superb. Distance variation is excellent, and the course is probably the most litter free, immaculately maintained we have seen in quite a while.
All Photos via Disc Golf Course Review