Michigan’s Best Disc Golf Courses: Unleash Your Disc Golf Skills

When it comes to the best disc golf courses in Michigan, the choices are nearly limitless. Michigan is ranked second in terms of the best state in the US for disc golfers. It’s a hair shy of 500 courses throughout the state, with nearly 300 18-hole courses. 

The thing is, at least from my personal observation, Michigan hasn’t even approached its maximum potential in the sport. The number of premier disc golf courses in the Wolverine State is wild. If you’re looking for a disc golf course with a side of bougie, Michigan is your answer. 

The topography throughout the state makes for some interesting course designs while sacrificing nothing in the traditional play style. Plus, arguably, a huge part of disc golfing is all about the scenery, and Michigan does not lack stunning outdoor views. This is an incredible state to play in, and it’s only getting better.  

My Picks for the Best Disc Golf Courses in Michigan

This was a tough one. The obvious go-to answer is Flip City. It’s easily the consensus winner in the state, no matter where you look. It certainly helps that it’s the #9 ranked disc golf course in the world. It’s a truly stunning course, and it even has flower gardens serving as the out-of-bounds. 

Some of the other courses, like Kensington Toboggan, North Bluff, and Renegade’s Trail, are all fantastic options in their own right. Michigan certainly doesn’t make things easier! Ultimately, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a course in Michigan that’s completely lackluster, though I’m sure they exist. 

  1. Flip City Disc Golf Park – Shelby (Best Overall)
  2. Kensington Toboggan – Township (Best Challenge)
  3. North Bluff – Gladstone (Runner-Up)

Michigan only plays second fiddle to Kansas, and it’s a short leap to take the title home. While I have a top three, I always include eight, or I’ll get carried away, and it’ll turn into a top 30 or 50. With that being said, the above three are incredible disc golf courses, without a doubt.

But there are more than just three courses in Michigan, and you shouldn’t pass by any of the remaining five either. Each course offers something unique, and besides, who doesn’t want to see more of the natural beauty of Michigan?

Top 8: Best Disc Golf Courses in Michigan

In the YouTube video above, OKDiscGolf.com owner Wes Littlefield plays a quick round of disc golf in Michigan, using only his putters!

If there’s one thing about the state of disc golf in Michigan that’s undeniable, it’s the diversity of the topography and the surreal, natural beauty of the state. It makes for some interesting disc golf course designs while keeping the game fun, technical, and incredibly varied. 

Flip City Disc Golf Park – Shelby (Best Overall) 

Features

  • 8,000’ course length
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Chainstar Pro baskets
  • Extreme elevation changes

Flip City Disc Golf Park is one of the few world-renowned disc golf parks in the country. Quite an accomplishment for a park that never had a huge backing and has been taken care of by a lone individual for the better part of four decades. It’s an incredibly cared-for course, and that’s immediately apparent as soon as you step out of the car.

Most normal courses have what are called “signature” holes. The regular holes at Flip City qualify as signature holes on lesser-known courses. There’s no ambiguity here. The fairways are clean and well laid out, and the elevation changes are fair but demanding. A consistent, tight level of play is necessary across the entire course. Yet, it’s still an absolute blast to play. 

Kensington Toboggan – Township (Best Challenge

Features

  • 8,800’ to 9,100’ course length
  • Single pin locations
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Chainstar Pro Baskets
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Extreme elevation changes

Kensington Toboggan is a tough little nut to crack. The elevation changes are well laid out but will play havoc on your long and short game. You don’t get a solid, wide-open, downhill shot until halfway through the course. About five holes in, you better bring your A-game for a tunnel shot that’s just shy of two football fields in length. 

The biggest drawback to the course is that it’s not open very often. Depending on whom you talk to, it’s open for as little as 8 weeks to as many as several months. It’s a great course for those who appreciate the long game, but the tunnels will frequently put you in the woods if you don’t calculate your fade and trajectory. S-curves are your best friends at Kensington Toboggan. 

North Bluff – Gladstone (Runner-Up)

Features

  • 7,400’ to 11,500’ course length
  • 27 holes
  • Moderate elevation changes
  • x2 water hazards
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Dynamic Veteran baskets
  • Concrete tee pads

North Bluff DGC is entirely made up of rolling hills without the brutal elevation changes of Toboggan. There are practice baskets in the beginning, offering fresh arrivals the chance to warm those shoulders up. You’ll need it since there are several shots throughout this very long course that are wide open and call for some power. 

There’s also a solid amount of wooded holes, but the lines aren’t razor-thin. In fact, the fairways in the woods are wide enough to accommodate beginners without letting intermediate players completely off the hook. The biggest draw of North Bluff is the beauty and longevity of the course. If you come with friends, prepare to spend a good chunk of the day. 

Silver Creek Disc Golf Park – Harvey

Features

  • 3,200’ to 4,500’ course length
  • Heavily wooded course
  • Concrete baskets
  • Chainstar baskets
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur baskets

This is one tough disc golf park. The only reason it didn’t make the best challenge category is because it’s tough without variation, meaning it’s almost entirely wooded. While beginners will get a kick out of the views and the nature walk through this course, they won’t get a kick out of the difficulty. 

Tight lines throughout, with just enough elevation change from hole to hole that will throw off those who choose the wrong plastic, Silver Creek is brutal and often unforgiving. However, if you love a challenge, this is a fantastic course for just that. One thing is for sure, it will make your game better. 

Deerfield Park – Mt Pleasant (Original)

Features

  • 3,800’ to 5,600’ course length
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Single pin locations
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • x2 water hazards

In terms of signage and navigation, Deerfield Park is one of the best in the country. It helps that it’s a beautiful course as well. Deerfield features a nice mix of long and short tees, as well as a healthy mix of heavily wooded and wide-open shots. It’s hard to knock the course on anything, with enough variety to satisfy the most specific of disc golf advocates. 

Everything about the park plays into the flow of the game very well, including the elevation changes, which aren’t extreme, but certainly affect the game to one degree or another. Deerfield Park is one of those courses where you should bring your entire set of plastic because you’ll need every one of them.

Paw Paw Park – Holland

Features

  • 6,400’ course length
  • x6 water hazards
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Mach V baskets

Paw Paw Park sounds more like a place somewhere in the deep south of Alabama. However, it’s definitely in Holland, Michigan, and it’s a blast to play. There are several long holes here, so bring your ultra-long-distance drivers along for the ride. There are a few blind shots, but the navigation signage lays out the scene perfectly. 

You can literally look at the sign and know exactly where to throw. And there’s only a single pin location on all the holes, so you don’t have to worry about taking blind potshots at the wrong basket. There is a good mix here, and even though the course is in a low-lying area, the wind is frequent enough that open shots can be hit or miss, depending on whether you know your plastics versus wind direction. 

Burchfield Park – Holt

Features

  • 4,500’ to 9,700’ course length
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Chainstar baskets
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Pay to play

Burchfield Park is the first one on our list that features both a multiple-pin location and a pro/amateur pad at every hole. This opens up a world of variety and happens to be my favorite approach at any disc golf course. I just like the multiple options. 

It’s a decently open park, with fewer wooded shots than open ones. Even when you’re in the tree line, it’s not too brutal. Don’t mistake that for wide open, however. You will have to contend with some vegetation or another on every hole. All in all, it’s an excellent course that challenges your harder throws by tossing in a few obstacles along the way. 

Mason County Park – Ludington (Goliath)

Features

  • 8,200’ course length
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads
  • Chainstar Pro
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Pay to play

Goliath is one of three courses to choose from out at Mason County Park in Ludington, MI. It’s also considered to be the most challenging of the three for advanced players and for those willing to step up their game to the next level. Or, smack into a tree and turn that soft plastic into a taco. 

It features a great view as well, with shots of Lake Michigan cropping up every now and then as you traverse the course. If you get too frustrated by the complexity and complication of Goliath, step over to Beauty, which is designed to be played in a variety of ways as well. 

Final Putt: Best Disc Golf Courses in Michigan

OKDiscGolf.com owner Wes Littlefield plays a round of disc golf in Michigan at Lumberjack Disc Golf Course in Alpena, MI.

There’s a reason that Michigan is the number two state on the list. The best disc golf courses in the United States are certainly not a dime a dozen, and a bunch of them seem to be congregating in Michigan. If you’re a disc golf enthusiast, Michigan needs to be at the top of your list. 

The eight courses on this list are thought of as some of the best. However, they’re only a microcosm of the number of fantastic disc golfing options in the state. If you’re ever in the neighborhood of the Wolverine State, hit one of these courses up and find out why they’re the best disc golf courses in Michigan. 

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