Oregon’s Best Disc Golf Courses: Unveiling the Top-Rated Locations

The best disc golf courses in Oregon aren’t difficult to find. In a state known for its stunning scenery, you can throw down a basket just about anywhere and find some appeal in it. Oregon isn’t as wild as Alaska, but it’s rife with evergreens, mountainous terrain, beaches, and even some flat topography here and there.

In other words, there is a lot of variety and natural beauty throughout the state of Oregon. If you’re looking for a specific type of course, the odds are good; you’ll find something to your liking. Disc golf courses are quickly becoming a dime a dozen across America.

With that being the case, I find myself parsing through them (looking for the best) by including a couple of essential factors—design sense, the regular maintenance of the course, structural design tee pads, baskets, etc.), and fun factors. 

My Picks for the Best Disc Golf Courses in Oregon

  1. Milo Mclver State Park (Best Overall Course)
  2. Horning’s Hideout (Best Runner-Up)
  3. Bryant Park (Oregon’s Toughest Course)

When I bring up the words “design sense,” I’m referring to the layout of the course in terms of—does this make sense? Are those trees in the middle of the fairway there for a legitimate challenge from the pro or amateur box? Or did the course designer put them there because they’d “look cool?”

Is the Mando directly to the right of the tee box even though the basket is a dogleg to the right? It sounds silly, but, trust me, I’ve seen mandos in the most non-sensical positions you can imagine. Regular maintenance is very important to me. If course management doesn’t care, the course will eventually fail. 

Concrete pads, dirt pads, turf pads—whatever it may be, players have their own preferences, so it’s worth covering. Baskets should be relatively new and functional, and the course needs to be a real challenge that’s also a blast to play. 

Best Disc Golf Courses in Oregon

The below list covers everything from the best disc golf course in the state to some of the more unique courses, especially ones that are seamlessly and thoughtfully integrated with the surrounding environment. 

I’ve played disc golf for over ten years now, and I’ve grown to appreciate courses that are methodically laid out to take advantage of the surrounding environment. Courses with trees in the fairway, just for the sake of having a giant tree in the fairway, didn’t make the list. 

Let’s see which parks made the list for best disc golf courses in Oregon.

Milo Mclver State Park – Estacada (Best Course Overall)

Features

  • 27 holes
  • x6 water hazards
  • 8,954’ to 12,333’ course length
  • Multiple tees and pin locations
  • Concrete tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Pay-to-play
  • Three layouts

Milo Mclver State Park (the disc golf portion is called Riverbend DGC) is exactly what I was referring to above, and it’s why this course is number one on my best disc golf courses in Oregon list. Every detail of the course’s layout is well thought out. The fairways are tight but fair and realistic. 

You won’t find a tree on the other side of a dogleg waiting to slap your disc down because the tree takes up the entire lane. There are 6 water hazards to be wary of, with two island holes that are frightening but, again, fair and well thought out. There are pro and amateur tees as well multiple pin locations for plenty of choice and variety. 

Horning’s Hideout – North Plains (Best Runner-Up)

Features

  • 18 holes
  • 5,540’ to 7,035’ course length
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pay-to-play
  • Extreme elevation changes
  • Restrooms on-site
  • Heavily wooded

Horning’s Hideout eschews the old pro and amateur basket and features a design that allows disc golfers to choose between two baskets from the tee. It’s one of the more challenging courses on the list, with tight fairways in thickly wooded areas. 

There are also a ton of elevation changes to deal with. You’ll have to walk a tight line between having enough glide and enough stability to cut narrow lines, fading where you need the disc to fade. There are some open shots that provide some relief, but most of the course is tough and remains in the trees. 

Bryant Park – Albany (Oregon’s Toughest Course)

Features

  • 6,797’ to 6,858’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Mach VII baskets
  • Course is part of a riverbed
  • Extremely long holes
  • Cart friendly

If distance isn’t your thing, this course will murder your score. Once you get out of the open and away from the multiple, 700’ + par 4s, you’ll descend into a nightmare of technical throws throughout the sporadically wooded portion of the property.

Once you come back out, more brutally long holes. If you have the arm to rip some discs down range and the finesse for more technical shots, you’ll be just fine. Beginners should be very wary, especially if you’re still working on your form and maximizing your distance game. 

Pier Park – Portland

Features

  • 18 holes
  • 5,865’ to 6,818’ course length
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Cart friendly
  • Mach X baskets
  • Moderate woods and elevation changes

Now this is a seriously beautiful course. In fact, you could have just as much fun playing the course as you could looking at it. While I would consider it a moderately wooded course, massive Douglas and fir trees are numerous, stretching 200’ into the sky. Fortunately, low-hanging branches are few and far between.

There is a healthy mix of doglegs for righties and lefties, or if you just like to practice your forehand and backhand equally. Some of the elevation changes require some nifty innovations but nothing too strenuous. The best part is that even if you mess up your drive, this course presents plenty of recovery opportunities. 

Adair Park – Corvallis

Features

  • x3 water holes
  • 18 holes
  • 5,287’ to 6,247’ course length
  • Concrete baskets
  • New Mach II baskets
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Moderate elevation changes and woods
  • Gradual distance increase from hole 1 to 18

Adair Park is immensely popular at the local level, and it’s a pretty little course that successfully heightens the challenge level as you move from hole #1 to final #18. Like most of the forested regions in Oregon, the trees are large but low-hanging branches are not as bad. 

The moderately wooded sections are appropriately challenging, especially with elevation changes here or there. Three water holes are enough to keep you on your toes. The entire course only offers three par 4s, so you’ll be fine if you leave your ultra-high-speed drivers at home for the day. 

Iguana’s Head PDGC – Terrebonne

Features

  • 21 holes
  • Carpet tees
  • Chainstar Lite baskets
  • A lot of sagebrush and moderate woods
  • Several wide open holes
  • Private course
  • Free to play

Iguana’s Head PDGC is a private course, so it’s a good idea to call ahead before you throw your disc golf bag in the trunk and head in that direction. The course is refreshingly straightforward, with a large number of straight fairways. Holes 1-3 and 12-14 are wide open.

If you want to work on your distance drives, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do it. Some of the holes are either partly open or mostly open, featuring drives that pass into the woods or throw out of the woods. Overall, it’s a great course for beginners, with more straight fairways than doglegs. 

Whistler’s Bend – Roseburg

Features

  • 27 holes
  • x4 water hazards
  • 9,475’ course length
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur tees
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Mixed basket types

One feature this course has that most lack is the practice baskets at the beginning. This is an invaluable resource for warming up without getting in the way of players teeing off at the first hole. This is one of those courses that has something of everything from beginning to end.

Wooded shots, wide open, and a frightening shot with a river flanking you, begging you to slip up just once so it can gobble up your disc. A lot of holes throughout the course feature multiple approaches, so you have your choice of fairways from the get-go. Overall, it’s a moderate challenge for beginners and advanced players alike. 

Bend Pine Nursery – Bend

Features

  • 19 holes
  • 5,407’ course length
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Mach V baskets
  • Slight elevation changes
  • Cart friendly

Last, but not least, we arrive at Bend Pine Nursery, an excellent course for beginners and intermediate players looking to improve and refine their game. I would call this an open course if not for the rocks and sagebrush that permeate the landscape. 

You can get around that by keeping your throws elevated, but if you like laser shots, skimming five feet off the ground, sagebrush will slap your disc down hard. The tee pads are huge, so you’ll have plenty of room to launch from. Birdie opportunities here are frequent, with plenty of baskets sitting a hair farther than 300’. 

Final Putt – Oregon’s Best Disc Golf Courses

The eight courses above are a solid representation of the best disc golf courses in Oregon, whether you’re visiting from California or you’re a native Oregonian. Some of them could have switched places with courses like Dexter Park or a beginner’s paradise like Rockridge Park Putting Course.

However, there was always that one tiny factor that bumped one ahead of the other. These courses feature excellent layouts (with the occasional exception), many challenges, and a mixture of wooded and open fairways. The best part is they’re all a lot of fun to play.

Be sure to let us know what your favorite Oregon Disc Golf Course is in the comments!

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