Montana’s Best Disc Golf Courses: Hidden Gems in the Treasure State

The best disc golf courses in Montana compete against only a handful of courses throughout the state. After all, Montana sits in an area of America that contains the most land and only one percent of the U.S. population. It wouldn’t be honest to say there’s nothing out there, for Montana is a stunningly beautiful state.

At least, that’s true in terms of nature. When it comes to disc golf, however, Montana is poorly ranked. The good news is that they don’t rank states much in the way of quality as much as they do quantity. The top disc golfing states all have hundreds of disc golf courses, while Montana has 85, only ten of which are ranked. 

One thing Montana courses have to offer, that’s often hard to find in other places, is one hell of a view. It doesn’t matter if the baskets are 20-year-old rust buckets when you’re constantly gazing off across the horizon. Though Montana is a huge state with only a few courses, there are still some real gems that stand out from the rest. Eight of them, in fact. 

My Picks for the Best Disc Golf Courses in Montana

Amongst the vast emptiness of Montana (a good thing for the introverts of the world), there are a handful of pristine courses that stand out, even in a state where the nearest disc golf course may be an entire day’s trip. There are 147,042 square miles of countryside in Montana, and only a million people spread across the state. 

Spread out over all of that countryside, are a few glimmering representations of the best the sport has to offer. Most of them are close to or on the western border of the state. If you live in central Montana, you’ll likely have some driving to do to reach some of these. 

  1. Blue Mountain DGC – Missoula (Best Overall)
  2. Makoshika State Park – Buccaneer Flats (Runner-Up)
  3. Bohart Ranch X-C Ski Center (Best Challenge)

Not surprisingly, one is a state park, and one is a ski center. Despite the fact that disc golf plays a secondary role in these places, they’re still phenomenal. Besides, when you find populated areas in this state, it’s a good idea to pack all the entertainment into that spot. 

Top 8: Best Disc Golf Courses in Montana

Now to the fun part, the meat and bones of the best disc golf courses in Montana.  I’ll take quality over quantity any day of the week, and you’ll find plenty of the former in the Treasure State. Like all the courses on my lists, I try to stick with a variety of courses that cover all the bases, including challenging but fair, solid course navigation, and on-site amenities. 

Blue Mountain DGC – Missoula (Best Overall)

Blue Mountain DGC is one of the Best Disc Golf Courses in Montana; check out this YouTube Video, which gives you a birdseye view of the course.

Features

  • 5,500’ to 6,900’ course length
  • Rubber tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Single pin locations
  • Extreme elevation changes
  • 18 holes

Depending on whom you talk to, Blue Mountain may be number one or number two on their list. One thing is for certain; it belongs in the top three of any good disc golf course list. This is a challenging course, thanks to the elevation changes, pine trees, and solid fairways. There are no finicky obstacles or questionable design choices here. 

There is a mix of DISCatcher basket types, but it doesn’t detract from your play or the chains’ ability to grab your disc. You’ll get a jaw-dropping view at hole ten (the highest point on the course) before plunging back down into the course. It’s a series of ups and downs, carving lines with nothing but earth and pine trees between you and the basket. 

Makoshika State Park (Runner-Up)

Features

  • 5,300’ course length
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads
  • Concrete tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Light woods
  • Extreme elevation changes

Makoshika and Blue Mountain are nearly interchangeable. The only detraction for this course is that it’s a fairly lonely course. If you like peace, quiet, and seclusion, however, this is the course for you on most days. I consider this a mid-size course, with good signage and course maps at the front office (if you want one).

This course is called the Buccaneer Flats, and it’s the 18-hole recreational. Don’t take that as a sign the course is simple, though. It’s not the most challenging course in the world, but it definitely has ways to improve your game. If you’re looking for more, there’s also another 18-hole course on site (Ponderosa Pines).

Bohart Ranch X-C Ski Center (Best Challenge)

Features

  • N/A course length
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Heavy woods
  • Extreme elevation changes
  • 18 holes

Now we’re getting into the heavy woods and extreme elevation—two things that, when combined, usually offer a serious challenge to even veteran disc golfers. On the bright side, it’s a gorgeous course with some of the most stunning views of any course in the state. 

However, you won’t care much about the views after you’re done fighting your way through this course. Most of the holes are blessedly short, with only a single par 4 on the entire course. Be sure to bring your stable and overstable mid-ranges, along with some tough, flat putters.

Spiritwood DGC – Victor

Features

  • 5,400’ to 6,200’ course length
  • 22 holes
  • x10 water hazards
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Single tee pads
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Mach III baskets
  • Pay to play
  • Private course

Spiritwood is a beautiful course, but it’s also one that makes you think about “what ifs”, such as stumbling into a mama grizzly out in the middle of nowhere. Well, that’s all part of the adventure, I reckon. If I’m destined to become bear poop over a game of disc golf, so be it. 

Spiritwood is a tough little course, with heavy pine and baby pine trees throughout. There are 22 baskets among a variety of shot types, including some open, some heavily wooded, and everything in between. Water hazards are prevalent as well, so choose your plastic wisely. 

Warden Park DGC – Great Falls

Features

  • 4,100’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • Mixed tee pads
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Single pin locations
  • Mach III baskets
  • Moderate elevation changes

Warden Park DGC is the quintessential small-town or small-city disc golf park. It’s not too tough, not too easy, well-maintained, and conveniently located. This course makes great use of the local topography, and the fairways can sometimes be tough but always fair. 

This is a course where a good mix of plastics will serve you well. You’ll experience a variety of shot types out here, except the ultra-high speed drivers. This is a great course for mastering your forehand throws, hyzers, and anhyzers. As a bonus, just like most places in Montana, the views are very nice all around. 

Diamond X – Billings

Features

  • 5,600’ course length
  • 36 holes
  • Dirt tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Single pin locations
  • Extreme elevation changes

Of all the courses on this list, Diamond X is the course that probably offers the most variety. Of course, you have 36 holes, so there is a lot of opportunity to get a lot of different shot types in the mix and still have plenty of holes to go. This is a course you can make a day out of. 

The views are incredible, and the equipment is more than adequate. All the tee pads are dirt/natural but well-kept and not bumpy or uneven. With the pro and amateur tee pads thrown into the mix, you can play a ton of games and walk away with a different experience each time. Variety like that is always very welcome in disc golf circles. 

The Fortress DGC – Fort Peck

Features

  • 5,100’ to 6,200’ course length
  • Single tee pads
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Rubber tee pads
  • Dynamic Veteran baskets
  • Light woods
  • 36 holes

The Fortress DGC already sounds pretty hardcore and, with 36 holes, it certainly is. Like the Diamond X, it’s worth spending a good part of the day out here. It’s a mostly flat course and lightly wooded, with just enough trees to make you nervous on many shots throughout. 

There are a few tunnel shots that require laser beam throws, but there are also some more laid-back shots as well. Bring a bag with a variety of discs, and you’ll do just fine, especially when you have to carve a few tight lines or fight your way through double mandos. 

South (Hyzer) Hills – Helena

Features

  • 5,300’ to 6,000’ course length
  • 19 holes
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur baskets
  • Mach III baskets
  • Rubber tee pads
  • Moderate elevation changes

Once upon a time, this course would have remained off any of my lists because it’s known for being notoriously difficult to navigate. Thankfully, the concerns of disc golfers have been addressed by the course designer, and the course is now much easier to make your way through. 

One thing this course offers in abundance, that the others on this list do not, is some terrific long throws. Power players with bags full of ultra-high-speed discs will get along nicely with this course. However, there is also a fair mixture of other shot types as well. There are even some laser beam straight shots on the docket as well. 

Final Putt

For hardcore disc golf players, the best disc golf courses in Montana are few and far between. It’s a huge state (the fourth largest in the U.S.), with a lot of empty land in between courses. It’s a bit harder for a state like Montana to focus on disc golf courses, leaving that sort of thing up to local communities. 

However, Montana is an endless stretch of beautiful and sometimes fascinating countryside, and some disc golf courses throughout are real gems. I wouldn’t call them diamonds in the rough because rough implies ugliness. Montana is many things, including the 37th-ranked state in disc golf. Ugliness, it is not.

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