Massachusetts’s Best Disc Golf Courses: Mastering the Fairways

Despite its small size, the best disc golf courses in Massachusetts are numerous. The state has 45 ranked disc golf courses, after all, out of a total of 94. If you’ve never been to Massachusetts, you won’t lack disc golf course options, as well as a lot of “tourism” options throughout the state. 

Around 50 of the courses in the state have 18 holes or more. As a disc golfer, I’m fine with a 9-hole course for practice, but a full course is preferable any day of the week. I imagine most disc golfers feel the same. The “Baked-Bean State” has some epic course options as well, which are often harder to find in smaller states. 

The courses that made my list today are phenomenal options with plenty of complexity and interesting designs and are aesthetically excellent. That latter means a lot more to disc golfers than it would seem. If you’re heading to Massachusetts anytime soon and want the best of the best, stick around for my top three and five more for good measure!

My Picks for the Best Disc Golf Courses in Massachusetts

Massachusetts may be a small state compared to others in the United States, but with nearly a hundred courses, it’s pretty packed with options for disc golfers, regardless of where you’re at. It also happens to be a beautiful state with a healthy mix of beachfront, rural, wooded, and mountainous real estate.

A lot of variety in terms of topography is a disc golfer’s dream. As fun as it is to play in some southeastern states, flat land gets boring after a while. As always, my focus is on ingenuity in design, with well-laid-out courses that both challenge and inspire improvements in your game. 

  1. Maple Hill – Leicester (Best Overall)
  2. Buffumville Lake DGC Pro – Charlton (Best Challenge)
  3. Devens DGC – Devens (Best Runner-Up)

Maple Hill is well-known and well-loved in Massachusetts and includes four courses in a single park. Devens DGC is similar, with three parks and plenty of challenges. Buffumville is relatively new to the table but features some of the most challenging, big-arm play in the east. 

Top 8: Best Disc Golf Courses in Massachusetts

Massachusetts presents one of those envious problems—having a lot of excellent course options that make it difficult to lift one up as the overall best. That’s a good thing. The below 8 courses offer a good mix of challenges and topography, with three that simply stand head and shoulders above the rest. 

Maple Hill – Leicester (Best Overall)

Features

  • 4,100’ to 8,600’ course length
  • Four courses
  • Pavers tee pads
  • Black Hole Portal baskets
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Water hazards throughout

It’s hard to pack in all the details when you’re dealing with four distinct courses. Where I live, the closest thing we have is a three-course Goliath at Blue Angel Park. With so many courses and multiple approaches to each basket, you won’t have the same experience each time you travel to Maple Hill. 

The real estate is incredible as well, with rock walls, plenty of water throughout, elevation changes, trees, open shots, and stunning scenery all around. Some of that scenery will happily slap your disc out of the sky. Depending on the course you play, you could face an insurmountable challenge or have an easy day. The beauty is in the level of choice (and excellent course design, too).

Buffumville Lake DGC Pro – Charlton (Best Challenge)

Features

  • 7,000’ course length
  • 27 holes
  • Pro and amateur baskets
  • Single pin locations
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Challenging mix of topography
  • Two courses

Buffumville can be a nightmare for newbie players. It throws everything at you in a single, brutal 18 holes. Open shots, thick woods, rocky terrain, elevation changes, and water hazards. You name the most aggravating obstacles to you in the entire game, and the odds are good that Buffumbville has it.

That’s not to say it’s unfair. As difficult as the course is, it’s very fair. There are tight lines without gimmicky obstacles and wide-open shots that require a booming arm. There are water hazards, trees, rocks, and up or downhill play, and none of it is unfairly designed. Approach with caution and ready yourself for either the perfect game or a really bad day. 

Devens DGC – Devens (Best Runner-Up)

Features

  • 4,600’ to 5,000’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads
  • Chainstar baskets
  • Rubber tee pads
  • Heavily wooded
  • Huge elevation changes

Devens very nearly made the most challenging spot; however, there are a ton of heavily wooded courses out there, and it can’t be the primary qualifying factor. Nevertheless, Devens is a tough nut to crack, and you’ll need to carve plenty of tight lines to find success throughout. 

One advantage to playing a heavily wooded course is the short holes. Sometimes, these designs open up opportunities for an ace run, and Devens is no exception. The biggest challenge here is the elevation changes on almost every hole. You’ll constantly deal with the up and down factor and will have to avoid letting it throw off your finesse. 

Nantucket DGC – Nantucket

Features

  • 18 holes
  • Rubber tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Single pin locations
  • 6,400’ to 8,800’ course length

Nantucket is a well-known and well-loved course in one of the most well-known and well-loved vacation spots on the entire East Coast. Just like the surrounding area, Nantucket DGC is extremely well-maintained and cared for. It’s a beautiful course on an even prettier slice of real estate. 

The fairways are extremely diverse but never unfairly challenging. You’ll have to carve tight lines and work both sides of your arm as you move left to right on each hole. It’s forested but not densely packed with trees. You’ll never get an overall sense of claustrophobia throughout. There are even a few monster par 5s in there for good measure. 

Meadowbrook Orchards – Sterling

Features

  • 6,800’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • Pay to play
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads
  • Moderate woods and elevation changes

Meadowbrook Orchard provides three things that all disc golf lovers can appreciate at a disc golf course: A pro shop, an excellent course, and food. As a privately owned course, it’s a little costly to get in at $10 per person on the weekdays and $15 on the weekends. However, it’s more than worth the expense. 

The course is well-designed and stunningly beautiful, especially if you play it during the Fall. The course itself is an exciting mix of play styles, with some open shots, wooded, and a combination of the two. In the woods, expect a challenge but nothing ridiculous or unfair. 

Borderland State Park – Easton

Features

  • Pay to play
  • 18 holes
  • 36 baskets
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Chainstar baskets
  • Rubber tee pads
  • 5,100’ to 8,600’ course length

Borderland is a rocky course, which is a terrific aesthetic if you’re used to heavily wooded or wide-open courses. It has a few open shots here and there, but the vast majority of the course involves a lot of technical throws and thinking carefully about how you want to approach it. 

If you don’t land in the fairway, the course is fairly forgiving with recovery tosses, but it can get ugly quickly if you’re just not on your game. Each hole features multiple approaches, so it’s difficult to play the same course twice. Another huge benefit is the local disc golf community, which is thriving in this area. 

Pyramids – Leicester

Features

  • 18 holes
  • 5,200’ to 6,700’ course length
  • Single tee pads
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Rubber tee pads
  • Dynamic Veteran baskets
  • Heavily wooded
  • Pay to play

Pyramids is another park that features a pro shop on site, so not all is lost if you lose your disc somewhere along this heavily wooded course. Fortunately, the undergrowth isn’t brutal, and the course is well-maintained throughout its entirety.

While it’s a slightly technical course, it’s not so densely wooded that you can’t make a mistake and sneak some plastic through all the trees from time to time. The elevation changes are moderate but significant enough to affect your play if you aren’t too careful. 

501 Disc Golf LLC – Warren

Features

  • 5,300’ to 7,300’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • 36 baskets
  • Rubber tee pads
  • Single tee pads
  • Prodigy baskets
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Extreme elevation changes

It has an interesting name for a disc golf course, but 501 DGC LLC is an excellent challenge and the perfect choice to round out my top 8. Like Pyramids, it also features a pro shop on site with a solid selection of plastics to choose from. 

You’ll need them. The fairways are extremely rocky, and if you don’t taco the disc against a tree, the rocks will chew it up over time, especially those with a hard fade. The biggest challenge is the elevation changes, which are immense in some places. Be sure to bring your discs with high glide, along with your lasers, so you can take advantage when required. 

Final Putt: Best Disc Golf Courses in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is not only a beautiful state, but it’s also full of beautiful and challenging disc golf courses. I love the elevation changes, especially because my part of the world lacks them. Better yet, a lot of the courses feature onsite pro shops. If there’s one thing a disc golfer can do excessively, it’s load up on plastics. 

If you are a new disc golfer and live in Massachusetts, you’re in good hands up there, with plenty of excellent course options. If you’re just passing through, don’t pass up the opportunity to play some of the best courses in Massachusetts and the surrounding area!

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