Texas’s Best Disc Golf Courses: Uncovering Treasures of the Lone Star State

One of the most difficult decisions to make is what constitutes the best disc golf courses in Texas. I mean, Texas is the second largest state in the U.S. and is consistently ranked as the number one state for disc golf. It also has well over 600 courses. 

Of course, those courses are spread out across 171,902,080 acres of real estate. When one of the best disc golf courses is called Flying Armadillo DGC, you know you’re in the Lone Star State. I can narrow things down a little, thanks to the fact that half of all the courses in Texas have 18 holes. 

Unless a course is just a dream disc golf course, perfect in every way, I won’t point to 9-hole courses often. After that, however, the work really begins, as Texas has a ton of excellent courses, many of them ranked among the best in the world as well. 

My Picks for the Best Disc Golf Courses in Texas

  1. Flying Armadillo DGC – San Marcos (Best Course Overall)
  2. William Cameron Park – Waco (Best Runner-Up)
  3. Roy G. Guerrero DGC – Austin (Best Challenge)

For those who were expecting to see Selah Ranch (Now Pure Hope Ranch), I’ve recently been informed that it is shut down permanently. Once Pure Hope Ranch acquired the property, the costs for maintaining the courses affected their bottom line, and the course was ultimately closed indefinitely

When I say these are the best disc golf courses in Texas, I mean these are absolutely incredible courses to play. If you’re ever out that way and you even partially enjoy the game, you owe it to yourself to give these courses a try. 

If there’s one thing about Texas, it’s huge, and the courses out there follow that same trend, whether it’s a figuratively huge course or a physical one. Many of these courses come with a lot of amenities, like pro shops, other outside sports, food, and drink, and even camping nearby. 

Best Disc Golf Courses in Texas

Now, when it comes to picking the best, I focus on a few things that I think are important. I’ve been playing for over a decade, and, to me, a solid DGC should have a well-thought-out design, with tight but reasonable fairways, well-maintained equipment, and a healthy mix of shot types. It helps if the course is beautiful, but that isn’t a prerequisite. 

Flying Armadillo DGC – San Marcos (Best Course Overall)

Features

  • 36 holes
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • 4,150’ to 5,800’ course length
  • Big Course and Gold Course
  • On-site pro shop
  • Pay-to-play

Featuring blue and white tees for professional and amateur disc golfers, the Flying Armadillo DGC is split into two courses, each with 18 holes. The best course for beginners and intermediate players is the Big Course. The Gold Course is a far more difficult professional layout. There’s also a nice shop on-site for those looking for some new plastic.

Flying Armadillo is a well-maintained course with plenty of practice baskets and multiple tees for various skill levels. The fairways are tiny, so precision hyzers, flat, or anhyzers are key throughout. The course is moderately wooded, with a few open for some long drives. It’s a good idea to bring most of your plastics to cover the variety the course has to offer. 

William Cameron Park – Waco (Best Runner-Up)

Features

  • 23 holes
  • x6 water hazards
  • Pro and amateur tees
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Prodigy baskets
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Multiple elevated baskets
  • Heavily wooded

William Cameron Park is a fine example of the variety, with a near-perfect short, mid, and long setup. You’ll have an opportunity to work on turning your disc into a laser beam of precision, take interesting technical shots, and let loose with the ultra-high-speed drivers on open shots. 

This course also features a sister course when you’re all through and feel like giving it another go. While there are 6 holes that feature water hazards, the H2O is really only a threat on holes 20 and 22. Signage is adequate, and some of the fairways are tight but fair and exciting to play. 

Roy G. Guerrero DGC – Austin (Best Challenge)

Features

  • 8,630’ to 9,588’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • Single pin locations
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Challenging for advanced and veteran players
  • Cart friendly

The only difference between the pro and amateur tee pads at Roy G. Guerrero DGC is distance, with the pro tees situated behind the amateur tees. It’s all about keeping it simple when it comes to accommodating both types of players. However, the course is difficult regardless of the tee pad you choose.

The only thing throwing from the pro does it take you that much longer to reach the basket. Guerrero features long distances in the woods, which is always difficult to play. However, there’s a method to the madness, with each hole laid out at a professional and sensical level. Beginners beware, though intermediate and veteran players will find plenty to up their game. 

Zilker Park – Austin

Features

  • 18 holes
  • 4,946’ course length
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tees
  • Concrete tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Cart friendly
  • $5 parking fee

Probably one of the most well-maintained courses on the list, Zilker Park is incredibly popular with the locals in and around Austin, Texas. Bring your high-speed drivers along for the ride, as you’ll have plenty of opportunities to grip and rip at Zilker. 

This is an excellent course for beginners and will still present a challenge for intermediate players as well. This is especially true since the average shot distance is only around 275’. It’s a short course but one you won’t forget. If you want to get in a good warm-up game or refine your long and short open tosses, Zilker is the palace to be. 

Circle R Ranch – Wimberley

Features

  • 5,614’ to 7,851’ course length
  • Natural tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Pro and amateur tee pads
  • x2 water hazards
  • 18 holes
  • Pay-to-play
  • Camping nearby

Who doesn’t want to camp out on a ranch next to a highly popular disc golf course? You get the best of several worlds out at Circle R Ranch in Wimberley, Texas. The course is designed by one of the masters of the game, John Houck. He knows his business, and it’s hard to find a fault in any of the hole designs throughout the course. 

Two water hazards might mess up your day, but they aren’t the worst in the game. Houck used the slight elevation to his advantage, and discs with a little zip and glide will serve you well. Prepare to spend a good deal of time molding your shots and sifting through your bag for just the right plastic. The variety of shots at Circle R Ranch is exceptional. 

Veteran’s Park – College Station

Features

  • 6,389’ to 6,599’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • Amateur, intermediate, and professional tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Extreme elevation changes
  • Cart friendly
  • Multiple pin locations

Veteran’s Park is all about variety, with multiple permanent baskets and three tee pad positions to start from. If you’re a beginner, this is an excellent way to both challenge yourself and slowly ramp the difficulty up as your game improves. 

There’s also a fair bit of variety, with a few open holes, several wooded, short, long, and everything in between. It’s not a notoriously challenging course but it still has plenty to offer disc golfers at any level. There are also several blind baskets, so pay attention to signage and even walk ahead a time or two to check locations. 

Wells Branch DGC – Austin

Features

  • 3,624’ course length
  • 18 holes
  • Concrete tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Multiple pin locations
  • A single, large water hazard
  • Guidance posts throughout
  • Practice basket on-site

Wells Branch is a short but well-defined and challenging course located in Austin, Texas. If you can mold your shots well, this place is a birdie paradise, with more than enough opportunities to fill up the scorecard with them. It’s a short but pretty course. However, there is a river passing through the center of the course that can be a major water hazard for your plastic. 

It’s also a well-shaded course for those hot summer afternoons. There are a few elevation changes throughout, but the course design integrates them well. It’s one of those courses where you can be in and out in an hour—an hour and a half, tops. 

Bushy Creek Mud DGC – Round Rock

Features

  • 18 holes
  • John Houck design
  • 5,212’ course length
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Single pin locations
  • Single tee pads
  • Short, tight fairways

We’ll wrap up the best disc golf courses in Texas with another short course that’s packed with versatility and fun. Bushy Creek Mud DGC has short but severe elevation changes to contend with, along with tight fairways that require you to mold your throws to precision accuracy. 

It’s a very scenic course so you’ll enjoy that aspect of it as well. There are a few long shots, so don’t neglect to bring along your high-speed drivers. One good thing about short courses is the number of birdie opportunities available. This course is not an exception. There’s water here but only a shallow stream that shouldn’t present much of a problem.

Final Putt – Best Disc Golf Courses in Texas

Texas is a massive state, and it’s packed full of disc golf courses—657, to be precise, even though there are probably more private courses here and there. Texas is also the highest-ranked disc golf state, according to most of the data out there, that’s above California, Colorado, Oregon, and North Carolina

In other words, you will be hard-pressed not to find a disc golf course to play at in Texas, especially if you’re either living in or passing through the Austin area. And, if you happen to be near any of the above eight courses, you should definitely take a day to check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

Be sure to let us know what you’re favorite Texas disc golf course is in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Texas’s Best Disc Golf Courses: Uncovering Treasures of the Lone Star State”

  1. Have you visited Rocky Hills in Ovalo Texas? Rocky Hills may have the highest most scenic holes in Texas. 21 holes and a putting course.

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