Indiana’s Best Disc Golf Courses: The Hoosier State’s Finest

The best disc golf courses in Indiana are numerous and not very far between. As the 14th ranked state (in terms of best states for the sport), the Hoosier State has over 217 courses from north to south and east to west. It also happens to be a beautiful state for disc golfers. 

There are 67 disc golf leagues throughout the state, with disc golf retailers in abundance as well. However, only a shade more than half of all the courses are 18 holes or more. Nine-hole systems are great for beginners and those who want to rip through a game fast, but none are enough to make the list below. 

Indiana is known for its eccentric small towns, rolling hills, wide open land, and abundance of natural beauty. In other words, it’s the perfect state for disc golf. 

My Picks for the Best Disc Golf Courses in Indiana

Location, course difficulty and design, and amenities all make or break a disc golf course. Why location? Because what good is a disc golf course if it’s located out in the middle of nowhere, very few know about it, and no one wants to drive that far?

For me, difficulty and design are huge as well, especially fairway design and how the courses incorporate the surrounding topography. Most of the top-rated disc golf courses are top-rated for a reason, and those reasons always incorporate those three attributes.

  1. BC3 Disc Golf Course – Nashville (Best Overall)
  2. Boylan Acres Extreme – Monrovia (Best Challenge)
  3. W.S. Gibbs Memorial Disc Golf Course – Danville (Best Beginner)

These top three represent a great range of disc golf courses, from hardcore, veteran-level difficulty to laid-back, easy learning. But this isn’t a listicle with just three disc golf courses on it. I figure these three and five more of the best you can find in the state of Indiana will do the trick. 

Best Disc Golf Courses in Indiana

Whether it’s concrete pads or turf pads, multiple baskets or singles, DISCatcher or Mach X, each of these courses offers more than the sum of its parts. You don’t have to like rubber tee pads to appreciate the excellent design these courses feature or how fun they are to play. 

BC3 Disc Golf Course – Nashville (Best Overall)

Features

  • 6,370’ to 9,000’ course length
  • Pay to play
  • x5 water hazards
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur baskets
  • Disc rental on-site
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Includes a 9-hole Beginner’s Course

This course is known for hosting plenty of wildlife, especially on the way in and out. It kind of sets the scene for an excellent disc golf course. If it’s your first trip out, this course offers a beginner-friendly variation that’s nine holes long—enough to get your feet wet.

More experienced players have two options per hole on the amateur or pro tee pads, with plenty of signage for course navigation. There are a few water hazards that come directly into play, but you have enough approach options to take advantage of your best throws and hopefully avoid them.

As far as hole types, this is one of the best mixed-hole courses in the state, with a bit of everything. Better yet, each hole requires some forethought and a bit of strategizing. Hyzers, anhyzers, rollers, tomahawks, grip it and rip it, and lazy tosses all have their place on BC3.

Boylan Acres Extreme – Monrovia (Best Challenge)

Features

  • 7,100’ to 7,405’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • Pro and amateur pin locations
  • Single tee pads
  • Concrete tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Extreme elevation changes
  • x4 water hazards

Boylan Acres Extreme will be an overwhelming challenge to newcomers to the sport, but for everybody else, this is the perfect place to hone your disc golf skills to a razor-sharp edge. Every hole is an exercise in fighting elevation changes, with unique twists and corkscrews, offering a ton of opportunities for finely-molded lines and crafty technique.

You’ll through across ravines, up hills, and down hills. To make things a little tougher, there are only a handful of holes shorter than 300’. On the bright side, it’s a stunningly beautiful course and a heck of a hike if you dig that sort of thing. 

Number 18 is a downhill bomb that’s over 400’ long. Be sure to pack every type of disc you have in your bag, from understandable lightweights to overstable, mid-range meathooks. Trust me, you’ll need everyone. 

W.S. Gibbs Memorial Disc Golf Course – Danville (Best Beginner)

Features

  • 6,350’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • x2 water hazards
  • Mach X baskets
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Single tee pads

This course is a beginner disc golfer’s dream, with a relatively open and simple front 9 design, followed by a back 9 with more technical shots and enough challenge to make it fun for intermediate players as well. 

The course can be punishing for beginners if they play with an OB. You can thank the tall grass for that. But, without the OB, things remain simple and straightforward all the way through to the end.

Some of the holes are designed to push players into taking risks, which is a good thing. As a beginner, you’ll never get better at the game without taking some risks. In this case, a successful toss on a risky throw equals birdie potential. 

Rogers Lakewood Park – Valparaiso

Features

  • 24 holes
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Mixed tee pad types
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • x3 water hazards
  • Single tee pads
  • Pay to play

Though there are three water hazards at Rogers Lakewood Park, the one that’s most concerning is the very first hole. There’s some room for playing it safe, but if you want to go for it, you’ll have to carry over a good stretch of water. 

The remaining 23 holes are a healthy mixture of shot types, from wide open to woods, with a few toeing the line between the two. For those who like to bring their ultra-high-speed drivers along for the ride, this course will make good use of them on a few wide-open holes.

The elevation changes are moderate and don’t play into the course design all that much. However, you’ll find plenty of reasons to bring out your best hyzer and anhyzer throws, as well as forearms and backhands. 

Tillman Park – Fort Wayne

Features

  • 19 holes
  • Dynamic Veteran baskets
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro, Intermediate, and amateur baskets
  • Concrete tee pads
  • 4,027’ to 9,350’ course length
  • Extremely challenging
  • Heavily wooded

This course missed the “Best Challenge’ category by a hair. With 19 holes to navigate through, you’ll feel pretty exhausted by the end. You’ll also feel like you’ve been thoroughly challenged. If you don’t bring your A-game, this course will make you pay the price. 

Rather than just an amateur and pro pad, there is also an intermediate tee pad, so those who are really frustrated have the option to tone it down a little bit. The variety of approaches players have on each hole is fairly strong, so you’ll have that in your weapon bag as well. 

Be sure to bring some water along, as the course will feel pretty long, even if you stick with all amateur holes and nothing else. Nearly every shot off the tee requires some finesse, so those looking to grip and rip won’t find that kind of play at Tillman Park. 

Boondock Farms – Knightstown

Features

  • Private course
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Singel tee pads
  • Mach V baskets
  • Gravel tee pads
  • 18 holes
  • 4,253’ to 5,187’ course length

If you can call ahead and get a spot to play on this beautiful, private course, you won’t regret it. Boondock Farms features a nearly half-and-half mix of open and wooded shots with some excellent course design ideas that requires just as much mental energy as it does physicality. 

Forehand shots are just as abundant as backhand shots on this course, and the area is very well maintained and labeled. You won’t have any problems moving from hole to hole, and the owners are very nice. 

If you like the ‘bomber’ side of disc golf throws, you’ll find plenty of that here as well. The course’s design will force some technical shots out of you and more forethought than average on the approach. 

Fall Creek DGC – Indianapolis

Features

  • 3,215’ course length
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Highly technical
  • 27 holes
  • x10 water hazards

You read that right. There are ten water hazards on this course, though most of them are simpler to navigate than assumed at first glance. There are a few straight shots as well. However, don’t get too excited since these ‘straight shots’ are essentially tunnel shots where too much fade will put you in a terrible position.

The reason this course isn’t higher on the list is its capacity for flooding, which makes sense when you have a disc golf course with this many water hazards throughout. There are a lot of shots in densely wooded areas as well. 

So prepare to fight your way out of the forest and throw sideways blind shots at the basket. Despite the difficulty and the water hazards, no part of the course feels unfair. Just prepare to bring your A-game. 

Cedar Grove DGC – Sunman

Features

  • 24 holes
  • x5 water hazards
  • Dynamic Veteran baskets
  • Concrete tee pads
  • 3,700’ to 5,100’ course length
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Private course

Last but not least, Cedar Grove DGC rounds out my top 8 for the best disc golf courses in Indiana. I saved a really good one for last. This is an excellent course for all skill levels, with outstanding design features that really separate the amateur and professional tee pads.

There are some long shots for ultra-high-speed drivers, along with short, heavily wooded shots where you can get away with driving with a putter or a sluggish mid-range. This course will fly by. The excellent course design flows seamlessly. 

This is a brand new course as well. Judging by the level of hoopla the course has generated so far, it’s likely we’ll see some events hosted here in the near future. Overall, this is a fantastic course that will require every disc type in your bag. 

Final Putt

With eight of the best disc golf courses in Indiana in the bag, it’s only a start. Indiana is loaded with disc golf courses and potential. As the sport continues to grow, expect many more to come. Perhaps I’ll have to revisit this page sometime in the near future. 

While Indiana certainly doesn’t feature the wild, mountainous courses of other states, it’s still loaded with beautiful scenery. If you’re into hiking and disc golf, you’ll fall in love for sure. If you just prefer the disc golf side of things, Indiana has a ton to offer. 

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