Nebraska’s Best Disc Golf Courses: Cornhusker State’s Premier Disc Golf Destinations

Some of Nebraska’s best disc golf courses are a little spread out since it’s a big state with fewer disc golf courses than most. Despite that, Nebraska still sits solidly in the middle of the pack (27th) in terms of the best places for playing disc golf in the US

If you’re a Nebraskan and worried about a lower ranking, don’t be. Nebraska is an excellent state for the sport. However, it just has fewer disc golf courses than most of the higher-ranking states. Also, only 30 courses throughout the state have 18 holes. 

As far as I’m concerned, everything I’ve seen from these courses represents the best of what the game has to offer. I’ve set aside the top three courses in the state, along with a 5-course bonus for good measure. I love this game, and Nebraska truly has a lot to love!

My Picks for the Best Disc Golf Courses in Nebraska

Nebraska is a place of small towns and beautiful, rural countryside. It’s one of the best states when it comes to opportunities to expand the game. As it is, 75% of the state consists of the Great Plains. Portions of Nebraska are a little more curvaceous, with sweeping valleys and rolling hills, mostly in the east. 

The vast majority of Nebraska’s disc golf courses are in the south and the east of the state. However, there are scatterings of courses throughout the Great Plains area as well. Whether flat or rolling, the courses on this list represent the best of the sport in many ways.

  1. Beal Slough DGC – Lincoln (Best Overall)
  2. Kelley Park – McCook (Runner-Up)
  3. Hummel Park – Omaha (Best Challenge)

All three of these parks are well-known in the world of disc golf. Hummel Park is a heavily wooded, tough nut to crack. Beal Slough is the bougie course, designed for leisurely, fun play with a penchant for being as much a public park as it is a disc golf course. 

Kelley Park is a beautiful, well-maintained course with a ton of replayability with its excellent mixture of shot types and lines. Hummel Park will devastate your score. Kelley Park will build you up as a disc golfer. Beal Slough will offer a heck of a good time. 

Top 8: Best Disc Golf Courses in Nebraska

The courses on this list are all popular in the state. However, popular doesn’t always equate with best. A well-designed course that provides a challenge and improves your game will always find its way to my lists. These courses certainly fit the bill. 

Beal Slough DGC – Lincoln (Best Overall)

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Features

  • Heavily wooded
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • 18 holes
  • Dynamic Veteran baskets
  • Driving range
  • Practice baskets
  • Warm-up nets

It’s an incredible challenge to rise to the top when you’ve only been in the game for a couple of years. Beal Slough opened for players only two short years ago, and it’s already one of the most popular disc golf courses in the state. While it’s a largely flat course, it’s heavily wooded, with a lot of fine-tuning involved. 

The mix of long and short shots is excellent, with a nearly 800’ hole on one part of the course and a tiny 150-footer as well. Neither is more difficult than the other. They just require their own unique approach. There are also plenty of warm-up opportunities, such as practice baskets, warm-up nets, and a nice driving range.

Kelley Park – McCook (Runner-Up)

Features

  • 5,700’ course length
  • Single pin locations
  • Pro and amateur baskets
  • Mach V baskets
  • Concrete tee pads
  • 18 holes
  • Extreme elevation changes

Kelley stands out from most of the best disc golf courses in Nebraska because of its extreme elevation changes. It offers Nebraskans something they don’t get on most of the disc golf courses in the state—and up and down game. 

It’s a beautifully designed course and well-maintained throughout. There are enough trees to be a mild nuisance if you’re a little bit off on your throws. However, you’ll often find yourself more concerned with eye–measuring distances against the illusion that multiple elevation changes create. 

Hummel Park – Omaha (Best Challenge)

Features

  • 6,400’ to 7,900’ course length
  • x5 water hazards
  • 18 holes
  • Extremely varied elevations
  • Tunnel shots
  • Heavily wooded
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Multiple pin locations

Hummel Park is extremely challenging because it shares the unusual elevation changes with Kelley. However, Hummel Park places a serious emphasis on these elevation changes. Where Kelley uses elevation throughout the course, Hummel narrows everything down to how you throw against it. 

From the first straight down to tunneling through tight woods with the earth rising and falling as the fairway stretches on, this course is both a blast and a headache. If you’re new to the game, prepare yourself for an exceptional challenge from the start to the finish.

Lake Hastings – Hastings

Features

  • 5,700’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Mach V baskets
  • Lightly wooded

You would think that a disc golf course next to a lake would have plenty of water hazards. Fortunately, Lake Hastings DGC is up against a lake that’s pretty to look at but not one you have to contend with. It’s a really nice park, and you can tell that regular maintenance is high on the to-do list. 

It’s a good course for newbies. While there are some well-defined lines throughout, it is nothing so restrictive that it requires immense precision. It’s also only lightly wooded. There will be the occasional tree that will laugh in your face as it slaps your disc away (in your imagination, of course) but it’s nothing terrible. 

Cottonmill – Kearney

Features

  • 5.000’ to 6,100’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • x2 water hazards
  • Mach II baskets
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Single tee pads
  • Multiple pin locations

While Cottonmill doesn’t have multiple tee pads for an amateur or pro experience, it does have multiple pin locations with the baskets in place. This gives you some variety in a different way because these aren’t necessarily pro or amateur shots—just different ways to play each hole. 

While the elevation changes aren’t brutal, it does play a role in your game. Packing your bag with discs that are high or low on the glide numbers will help a lot. Plus, the variety of shots is an excellent mixture. This is the kind of course where you can play a hundred times and never quite experience the same game.

Skyview Park – Norfolk

Features

  • 4,400’ to 5,700’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • Single pin locations
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Mach III
  • Concrete tee pads

Skyview is another DGC located around a lake. It offers some impressive views and features a fantastic disc golf course to boot. It’s a mid-size course with a good range of shot types, though nothing on the course allows for a true, grip-it-and-rip-it moment, though there are some long holes. 

The elevation changes aren’t brutal, but the ones that are there are well-integrated into the fairways, requiring a bit of thought before you let loose. It’s a very lightly wooded course, though a severe mistake may cause you to convert your plastic into a taco. 

Chadron State Park – Chadron

Features

  • 18 holes
  • x3 water hazards
  • Single tee pads
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Mixture of basket types

Chadron State Park is one of the oldest state parks in Nebraska, and it also happens to have a nice disc golf course. Non-Nebraskans tend to think that since the Great Plains are a huge part of Nebraska, all disc golf courses must necessarily be flat. 

However, this course is yet another exception to the rule, with moderate elevation changes throughout. The elevation changes are integrated well, and the multiple pin locations provide a great deal of variety. Hole 12 is the highlight of the entire course, as an entirely uphill effort.

Seymour Smith Park – Omaha

Features

  • 4,300’ to 5,500’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • A single water hazard
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Mach X baskets
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur baskets

Last but not least, we arrive at Seymour Smith Park. It’s neither a brutal park nor a proverbial walk in the park. Seymour is simply a well-thought-out disc golf course that stands out for its variety and beginner-friendly design. For those who like long-distance drivers, this isn’t the course for you.

However, it will help you develop your approach game and your ability to drive with mid-ranges and putters. It’s also a quick course. Of the eight courses on this list, Seymour is probably the best suited for beginner disc golfers. Its well-manicured fairways and roughs will help newbies keep track of those elusive discs as well. 

Final Putt: Best Disc Golf Courses In Nebraska

The best disc golf courses in Nebraska may not be as numerous as they are in highly ranked states, but the foundation is there for the sport to expand. So far, disc golf courses are far denser in the southeast. However, there is plenty to play on the Great Plains as well. 

You may have to travel a little ways if you live in the northwest, but the neighboring states of Wyoming, South Dakota, and Colorado have courses to offer as well. Besides, who doesn’t want to stand in the middle of the immensity of the Great Plains and fling a disc at the endless horizon? 

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