Rhode Island’s Best Disc Golf Courses: Little Rhody’s First-Rate Courses

As far as the best disc golf courses in Rhode Island are concerned, I’m going to do something a little different for this one. 

Not because I want to but out of necessity. Usually, I cover the top three, along with an additional five, for a total of eight. 

Unfortunately, Rhode Island only has seven total courses. 

The state is ranked #50 in the country because there are so few courses in a decidedly tiny state. So, I’ll cover all seven, with the best three at the very top. 

The good news is Rhode Island residents won’t have to travel far to find one!

My Picks For The Best Disc Golf Courses In Rhode Island

In Rhode Island’s defense, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U.S., with only a shade over a million in population. 

That’s not conducive to a huge investment in disc golf properties. 

It’s not like they’re bad because they rank 50th in the US in terms of disc golf. It’s just that they don’t have many courses out there to play disc golf on. 

Still, even with just seven courses, that’s enough for the cream to rise to the top. 

Rhode Island is still a beautiful state, and its handful of courses take full advantage of the local topography, along with many other contributing factors. 

With that being said, here are my top three best disc golf courses in Rhode Island:

  1. Willow Valley – Richmond (Best Overall)
  2. Curtis Corner Athletic Field – South Kingston (Best Challenge)
  3. Ninigret Park – Charlestown (Runner-Up)

As it happens, these are the three most popular courses in the state, with the heavily wooded Curtis Corner being the toughest of the bunch. 

There are four additional courses as well. Only three of the remaining courses are listed on most sites, but there is a fourth, which makes a total of seven. 

Despite the small pool of choices, my standards remain the same. Good course design shouldn’t involve gimmicky obstacles and poor fairway design choices. I reflect that in my course reviews to the best of my ability. 

Top 7: Best Disc Golf Courses In Rhode Island

If you’re used to seeing “top 8” in the previous articles, reality necessitates the “7”. With almost half a dozen courses to choose from, it actually makes my job a lot easier. 

The best disc golf courses in Rhode Island have their own ups and downs, and all of them offer a solid to moderate challenge to new players, intermediate, and veterans alike. 

Willow Valley – Richmond (Best Overall)

Features

  • 6,300’ course length 
  • 18 holes
  • Dynamic Recruit baskets
  • Mixed tee pads
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads
  • Private course
  • Pay to play

I’ll kick things off with the best of the disc golf courses in Rhode Island. Willow Valley is a pretty park with a well-designed and well-maintained course. 

It’s not exceptionally hilly, but the elevation changes will play games with some of your throws throughout the course. The Dynamic Recruit baskets are relatively new and solid, with a mix of tee pad types as well. 

Don’t worry; regardless of the tee pad type, grip is never a problem unless the soles of your shoes are just completely worn out. 

The rough is well taken care of, so there is no need to bring a machete to hunt down your discs. 

What truly makes this course stand out from the rest is the variability it has to offer. There are elevation changes, woods, open areas, tight lines, and more forgiving fairways to make your way through. 

Curtis Corner Athletic Field – South Kingston (Best Challenge)

Features

  • 18 holes
  • x2 water hazards
  • Average elevation changes
  • Heavily wooded
  • Rubber tee pads
  • Mach V baskets
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads

As a difficult little course, it’s surprisingly easy to navigate your way through Curtis Corner Athletic Field, thanks to the excellent signage. The course features a warm-up field, so you can get your arm nice and loose before you head in. 

As a mostly wooded course, the lines are tight, and the layout features a number of difficult shots. 

Your best bet is to spend nearly the entire course tossing your overstable and understandable mid-ranges or fairway drivers so you can hit those lines. Whether it’s a dogleg left or right, a well-thrown anhyzer or hyzer will handle it. 

Overall, the course is a lot of fun but challenging, and you can make your way through fast enough to play again. 

Ninigret Park – Charlestown (Runner-Up)

Features

  • 3,500’ to 6,400’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Single pin locations
  • Mach II baskets
  • Mixed tee pads

Ninigret Park almost made the most challenging spot because it’s far from a simple-to-play course. However, the tight lines and fairways aren’t quite as brutal as Curtis Corner, and you have the benefit of throwing from a pro or amateur tee pad. 

In most cases, this is just a simple matter of distance change, with the pro pads set back farther from the basket. 

In some situations, though, there is a clear difference between the pro option and the amateur that has little to do with distance. 

The course is well-designed, with a number of tight lines that will require some laser surgery throws with mid-ranges and, in some cases, even your putters. Ultra-distance drivers will probably feel lonely in your bag for this course. 

Slater Park DGC – Pawtucket

Features

  • 2,500’ to 5,300’ course length
  • 9 holes
  • Gravel tee pads
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • DGA baskets

Many disc golfers, especially those who have been in the game for a while, prefer to avoid the nine-hole courses simply because they are too short. 

However, Slater Park is different in that it takes a nice nine-hole course and turns it into a multifaceted design that disc golfers can play in a wide variety of ways. Each hole has multiple pin locations and multiple tee pads.

The gold tee pads are the longest shots you can take, while blue matches you with the closest basket. 

White takes the closest tee pad and matches it with the longest basket.

Lastly, red is the ultimate amateur basket, with the shortest basket matched with the closest tee pad. You can literally play 5 times and come away with a different experience each time.

North Smithfield High School – North Smithfield

Features

  • 2,600’ course length
  • 9 holes
  • Grass tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads

North Smithfield High School is one of those tradition-rich, local courses where everybody who’s learning to play gets their start. There is nothing inherently wrong with the course. 

However, it’s very small, decently maintained, and is at its best when a brand-new player is getting their feet wet for the first time. 

Everything here is basic and simple, from the grass tee pads to the traditional (yet very ordinary) DISCatcher baskets that are found on so many courses across America. There are a handful of finesse shots throughout, however, so it’s a good idea to bring your whole bag of discs so you can get the most out of your time on this course. 

Baker Farm – Portsmouth

Features

  • 5,700’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • Natural tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads
  • Moderate woods

Baker Farm is one of those disc golf courses you play on when you want absolute peace and quiet. It’s designed on a pretty slice of land that’s well away from the hustle and bustle of small towns, local parks, and city life. 

It’s not actually on a farm, either. 

It’s situated in an area that was once farmed at some undisclosed past date. 

The course is not the best-maintained course in the world, but it is maintained to a large enough degree that you don’t have to worry about anything ruining an entire hole or overall layout. 

There’s a good mix of shots here as well, so feel free to bring your big drivers.

Roger Williams University DGC – Bristol

Features

  • 5,900’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • Grass tee pads
  • Discmania Active Target baskets
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads

Last but not least, RWU DGC rounds out my top seven best disc golf courses in Rhode Island, otherwise known as RWU Waterfront Park. Despite the name, there are no water hazards to worry about. 

As it stands, this is a fairly traditional park with a healthy mix of shots throughout. 

The natural tee pads are easy to find, and the ground will keep you stable just fine, even if you like to run up and throw. There are no distance guidelines per hole, so you’ll have to guess or bring a measuring wheel along for the ride. 

Final Putt: Best Disc Golf Courses in Rhode Island

Never let it be said that Rhode Island lacks good disc golf courses, even though the best disc golf courses in Rhode Island don’t rank well compared to the rest of the country. 


These seven are plenty of fun to play. Given the small size of the state, it’s easy to reach each one or travel outside the state for better opportunities, especially if you want to play in Connecticut or Massachusetts.

2 thoughts on “Rhode Island’s Best Disc Golf Courses: Little Rhody’s First-Rate Courses”

  1. This is a very honest and accurate review of what Rhode Island disc golf is like! It’s awesome that so much course information is provided in this article. Hopefully, shortly, we can add some courses for you to come back to!

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    • Hey, Owen! Thanks for the kind words! We strive to provide the highest quality content possible!

      We’re always down to play more disc golf courses!

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