Discovering the Best Disc Golf Courses in the World: Unleash Your Inner Disc Golfer!

Coming up with the best disc golf courses worldwide is a very tall order. Where to even begin? With the sport’s history, as it spread across the globe like a brushfire in a hot, dry July? That’s an impossible task since the inception of disc golf is as murky and mysterious as Jack the Ripper. 

No one knows the exact moment someone played their first disc golf game, but what we do know is where some of the best disc golf courses are located. It’s a shame, really, as many places on the list below will only be read about. 

Unless you’re a globe-trotting nomad with a passport for everywhere, it’s beyond most people to play all of the best disc golf courses in the world. Many of the best courses are situated in the United States, Finland, and Denmark, though they are by no means the only countries to offer a premium experience. 

My Picks for the Best Disc Golf Courses in the World

  1. Kippasuo Pro DiscGolfPark – Heinola, Finland (Best Course in the World)
  2. Jarva DiscGolfPark – Stockholm, Sweden (Best Runner-Up)
  3. Flip City Disc Golf Park – Shelby, Michigan (Best for Beginners)

Flip City was an intriguing addition for me. We’re talking about the best disc golf courses in the world; after all, not necessarily the best for beginners. However, newbies have to start somewhere, and Flip City often finds its way to the top when it comes to players’ opinions.

While Finland easily has the most courses per capita, the United States has the lion’s share of the best disc golf courses in the world. There are over 8,000 courses here, not including what amounts to hundreds (if not thousands) of small-town or backyard courses. 

The point is the sport is exploding in popularity, and the best courses in the world today will probably change over time. I created this list based on a dash of personal experience, recognition of premium features, statistics, and word of mouth from professional and amateur disc golfers alike. 

Best disc golf courses in the World

Best Disc Golf Courses in the World

Many of the best disc golf courses are designed by retired or active professional players. Considering their knowledge of the game, some of them have developed the best the world has to offer. For instance, Disc Golf World Champion Eric McCabe designed 60 courses throughout the U.S. 

He’s just one of hundreds of top course designers making my job—narrowing down the very best—that much harder, including Jussi Meresmaa, John Houck, and Lavone Wolfe. They’ve put together some incredible courses, some of which are on this list. With that being said, after taking everything into consideration, here is my list of the best disc golf courses in the world. 

Kippasuo Pro DiscGolfPark – Heinola, Finland (Best Course Overall)

Features

  • 21 holes
  • Practice baskets on-site
  • 21-hole pro layout and 18-hole amateur layout
  • Turf Tees
  • DiscGolfPark Pro baskets
  • Disc cart friendly
  • Multiple pin locations

Kippasuo had a very inconspicuous start back in 2007 before undergoing a partial shutdown due to safety concerns. Lords of Disc Golf is the group responsible for designing and building the course, and they initially went for a mix design of professional and beginner holes. 

At first, there wasn’t much to the park—just another disc golf park in a small town. When two additional parks were put together right next door, however, Lords of Disc Golf acquired the services of professional disc golf course designer Pasi Koivu. The result was a combination and redesign, rocketing Kippasuo Pro to the top of the disc golf charts. 

Now, Kippasuo is one of the most unique disc golf courses in the world, with a combination of three different courses merged with just 21 holes. One is for beginners, one for intermediates, and one for professionals. 

The course has everything that players of all levels will appreciate, regardless of skill level. Since it is now a part of the broader business, Heinola DiscGolfPark World, it includes shops, a nine-hole putt, and a practice area. 

The course also features some distinct and unique setups, including one hole where players tee off from a deck. The scenery is incredible, and the fairway lines are about as perfect as they come, with nary a questionable design decision to be found. Slight elevation changes, winding fairways, long and short holes, and an ever-growing disc golf facility make this course the best on our list. 

Jarva DiscGolfPark – Stockholm, Sweden (Best Runner-Up)

Features

  • 18 holes
  • Pro shop on-site
  • Pro, intermediate, and amateur tees
  • Concrete tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Disc cart friendly
  • Multiple pin locations

It was a tough choice between Jarva and Kippasuo Pro, with the latter only edging the former because of the immense work, the merging of multiple courses, and the recent explosion in popularity. Otherwise, Jarva is an incredible course that frequents the top five lists.

Over the course of its existence, Jarva has earned legendary status in the minds of hardcore disc golfers across the world. In 2021, Jarva was dealt a body blow, partially shutting down over a local city construction project. 

The course includes a nine-hole beginner’s course, with the 18-hole course catering to disc golfers of every stripe and skill level. There are free, on-site sessions for teaching kids how to play the game, with a local club membership of over 500 people. 

Jarva’s unique design allows a disc golfer to get seriously tactical while still standing in the box. The visibility of the fairways is incredible, but that doesn’t mean it’s a simple pitch and putt course. The rough on the side of the fairways is never too difficult to deal with either. 

The course also uses elevation by molding the ups and downs into every fairway. Disc golfers feel like every tree branch, elevation change, mound of dirt, and leaf on the ground is part of the hole design. It’s truly one of the best disc golf experiences around. 

Flip City Disc Golf Park – Shelby, Michigan (Best for Beginners)

Features

  • 7,963’ course length
  • 24 holes
  • Single tees and pins
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Chainstar Pro baskets
  • Disc cart friendly
  • Extreme elevation changes

This one-man Michigan disc golf project in the 1980s turned into a consistent top contender for the best disc golf courses in the world. It’s an incredible tale that merits its own article at some point. Flip City Disc Golf Park is a phenomenal success story. 

This is a course of extreme elevation changes, all of which are thoughtfully mixed into each fairway. Discs with plenty of hang time are highly advisable here. There’s also a healthy mix of long and short holes, with hole #11 being the longest on the course at 670’. 

The course carves its way into and out of wooded areas, creating the perfect mix of open and wooded shots. Some holes include both, requiring a bit of discipline and thought on your opening throw from the box. 

There are no water hazards on the course, but you will have to throw across valleys, down steep slopes, and up 45° angles. A few holes are quite technical and moderately difficult to stay in bounds, forcing you to calculate your drive carefully. 

The course isn’t the most challenging course in the world, and there is even a three-basket warm-up spot that’s a good option to take before kicking things off. However, the course will challenge beginners, intermediate players, and veterans alike, thanks to its unique variety and challenging obstacles. 

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Hillcrest Farm Disc Golf Course – Bonshaw, Canada

Features

  • 7,992’ course length
  • Multiple tees
  • Single pin locations
  • Concrete tee pads
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • x3 water hazards
  • Extreme elevation changes
  • Heavily wooded

Hillcrest Farm Disc Golf Course was developed by John Houck and is a private course on Prince Edward Island. It’s a championship-level course and was recently voted the #2 disc golf course in the world via disc golfer surveys from U-Disc.

The holes are mostly wooded, with thick tree canopy and flanks, though the underbrush is fairly manageable. The course design is all about disc placement, and beginners may find themselves frustrated from hole to hole. Local tournaments are held here because of the fair but complex design.

On the bright side, there are only a few holes in which the basket is not visible from the tee box, so you almost always know where to place your disc. It’s just a matter of doing it. Being off by a degree or two on your drive is enough to complicate your approach shot. 

There is a single pond on the course, and it’s only problematic on two holes, #7 and #12. Another thing that separates this course from everyday, regular courses is the versatility of fairways. Many of the holes provide disc golfers with more than one way to approach the basket. 

For instance, hole #14 has two fairways and is considered to be one of the most punishing par 5s on just about any course. In fact, professional and amateur tournament players average 6 shots for bogie on #14. 

Mayflower Hills Disc Golf Course – Roanoke, Virginia

Features

  • 18 holes
  • x4 water hazards
  • 5,435’ to 9,240’ course length
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Multiple tees and pin locations
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Extreme elevation changes
  • Honor payment system

At first glance, the average disc golfer approaching the Mayflower Hills Disc Golf Course, for the first time, wouldn’t see anything other than another disc golf course. It’s a beautiful course, to be sure, but there’s nothing outwardly obvious about it that separates it from a thousand more. 

However, what makes this course unique and elevates it to our list of best disc golf courses in the world is a fantastic design feature embedded into these 18 holes. The hidden secret is that you can play this course in 150 ways and never play it the same as you did before. 

That’s because the course design features multiple alignments, several permanent pin locations on each hole, and a number of well-laid-out fairways that can change according to how you approach the hole. It’s truly one of the more unique discs 

Even better, this Virginia disc golf course is considered to be very beginner-friendly. Whether you’re new to the game or a war-scarred veteran, there’s a way to play this course and get the most out of it at your skill level. Bring your super glider discs; you’ll need them for extreme elevation changes. 

No matter how you play the course, each layout is well-thought-out and features challenging designs. You’ll have an opportunity to grip it and rip it, as well as practice molding your throws down tight fairway lanes. This is the type of course that puts new meaning in the term “play it your way.”

Showa Kinen Park – Akishima, Japan

Features

  • 18 holes
  • Dirt tees
  • Rusty Chains baskets
  • Mostly open and moderately wooded
  • Pay to play
  • Cart friendly
  • Technical challenges
  • Pro and amateur tees

Showa Kinen Park is the most popular disc golf destination in Japan, and many Americans who either visit or live in Japan gravitate to Showa Kinen. Disc golf is slowly but surely taking over in Japan, with the sport growing rapidly in popularity. 

Though all of the tees are dirt tees, each one features a front bumper to mark the front end, and the tees are well-marked. Unless there’s a significant rainstorm the night prior to playing a round, there is plenty of grip. 

While this course isn’t as wild in the number of ways you can play it, like the Mayflower Hills Disc Golf Course, the locals have converted the course into something very similar. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, you can play this course in a number of ways. 

The course is highly technical. Beginners will need to learn to keep their lines tight and mold their throws according to disc choice and fairway. It’s not an enormous course, so you can get away with multiple playthroughs in a shade over an hour.

Easy access to the course is by train, which is apparently the best mode of travel to get out there, car owner or not. The course is host to monthly tournaments, mostly including players from nearby Tokyo, though players from other areas travel to Showa Kinen Park. 

Maple Hill Disc Golf Course – Leicester, Massachusetts

Features

  • 18 holes
  • x6 water hazards
  • 4,173’ to 8,594’ course length
  • Pro and amateur tees
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pavers tee pads
  • Black Hole Portal baskets
  • Pay to play

If you’re looking for challenge, variety, and sheer beauty, you couldn’t choose a better course than the Maple Hill Disc Golf Course in Leicester, Massachusetts. Depending on where you’re looking, this course is ranked either #1 or #2 as the best disc golf course in the world.

It’s hard to argue with such a conclusion. Maple Hill is simply stunning, as if they constructed a disc golf course in the middle of the hanging gardens of Babylon, with a more farm-friendly aesthetic. If you fear losing discs in the water, steer clear, as this course is ⅓  water hazard. 

You won’t get lost, however, since the course includes excellent signage throughout. Keeping with the traditional look of the course, even the signage is a marvel to look at, with color-coded squares and satellite imagery. 

Maple Hills features a bit of everything, with tight fairways through dense vegetation, wide open fairways, rolling topography, ponds, downhill and uphill shots, and technical layouts to contend with. 

Better yet, this isn’t a build-it-and-forget-it course. There are several development plans to continue adding onto what is already a #1 contender that certainly belongs on every top ten list. There’s also a pro shop on site, a game room with air hockey and billiards, and plenty of drinks or food at the concession/shop. 

There are many more excellent disc golf courses in Massachusetts. Did your favorite make our list?

Idlewild – Burlington, Kentucky

Features

  • 24 holes
  • DISCatcher Pro, 28-chain baskets
  • Concrete and turf tees
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur tees
  • 7,132’ to 11,039’ course length
  • Extreme elevation changes
  • Cart friendly

If you’re a beginner, prepare to be ground up, spit out, and thrashed beyond your imagination in Kentucky. Idlewild is considered to be one of the toughest, if not the toughest, disc golf courses in the world. It’s a professional disc golf course, to be sure, so don’t bother seeking consolation in the amateur tees. 

Idlewild is a Gold-Level course to the extreme, heavily wooded, with 10 water hazards throughout the course. It’s a full-fledged, 24-hole course, with the extra 6 holes not tacked on for little to no reason. It’s designed to be played as a 24-hole course, and the average intermediate player will take around 3 and ½ hours to complete it. 

One thing is for sure, bring every disc you own for every situation because you will need them all.  There are multiple pin locations on each hole, as well as professional and amateur tee boxes. Beginners will have an extremely tough time with this course, even if they play every amateur box. 

While there are shorter holes here and there, most of them are distance shots and through tight lines that require some exceptional finesse and thought. Choosing each disc for each hole has to be a well-thought-out decision with a game plan as to how to tackle the shot. 

The red, white, and blue baskets are generally highly visible, but not from the tee pad. Fortunately, the signage is good and adequately reveals where the baskets are positioned before you take your throw. 

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Eddison Park – Phillip ACT, Australia

Features

  • 18 holes
  • DISCatcher Pro baskets
  • Concrete, grass, pavers, and turf tees
  • Gold Tees from the ACT Disc Golf Club
  • Multiple layouts – Blue, White, Classic, and Gold
  • 7,214’ course length (Gold)
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro, amateur, and intermediate tees

Even Australia is getting in on the growing disc golf phenomenon, and the best they have to offer is one of the best disc golf courses in the world, too. Eddison Park, in Phillip ACT, Australia, is a highly versatile park, with multiple playthroughs creating a brand new experience each time. 

Whether you are a beginner or a professional disc golfer, challenges await on the Eddison Park course. There are multiple layouts to contend with, along with multiple pin locations, which are moved frequently to keep things lively. 

There are no water hazards to contend with, thankfully, but even the amateur layout presents a unique challenge to new players or visiting players. The Gold layout is the professional level and was only recently put in place. 

It’s a much more difficult layout with a longer course length. Eddison hosted the 2022 Spring Sling on the Gold Layout. The Classic Layout is a modified version of the original, 20-year-old layout and features moderate woods to open shots, along with moderate terrain elevation changes. 

The ACT Disc Golf Club purposefully designed the first 10 holes on the Classic layout to be simpler but still challenging, with the final holes increasing the challenge incrementally. Expect plenty of technical shots and neatly defined fairways that require a good deal of thought and practice to master the layout. 

Caliber Disc Golf Course – Sandpoint, Idaho

Features

  • 18 holes
  • x2 water holes
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Turf tees
  • Multiple pin locations
  • Pro and amateur tees
  • 7,785’ to 8,788’ course length
  • Cart friendly

The last of the best disc golf courses in the world is located in Idaho. While Idaho is not known for its disc golf courses, it’s one of those states that has many hidden gems for those who go looking for them. The course is seemingly carved out of the woodline in the shape of a giant, upside-down teardrop. 

It’s a very beginner-friendly course, at least as far as the amateur boxes are concerned, with plenty of challenges to offer intermediate and advanced players. The fairways are seemingly straightforward and broad. However, their intricate design ensures that mistakes do not go unpunished. 

Double fairways are a prevailing theme throughout the course, both for the pro and amateur boxes and for lane decision-making. Rolling hills and tall trees force you to keep your discs up but not too high. Fans of tomahawks and rollers can take advantage of those tall conifers. 

There are also several par 4s and 5s for those who really like to heave their discs. The trees are enough to punish anyone who’s off a degree or two on their throws, however. It certainly helps that the course is beautiful, with tall trees, green meadows, and distant mountains blanketing the horizon. 

Overall, this is a very fun course, with crisp, clean air, hard but fair fairways, and an excellent mixture of short and long holes that challenge without being ridiculous. Ultra high-speed drivers, high glide numbers, and stable to understandable fairway drivers and mid-ranges belong in the bag for this one. 

Final Putt: The Best Disc Golf Courses in the World

There are many, many more courses out there that constantly contend for the best of the best, regardless of which continent you’re standing on. The biggest problem (as far as ranking disc golf courses) is the immense and rapid growth of the sport. 

Not only are new and fantastic disc golf courses springing up all over the world, but current courses are constantly being modified and altered in ways that increase their value to disc golfers. Most of you will never see all of the courses on this list in your lifetime. However, if you’re a traveling disc golfer, there’s no reason you shouldn’t stop in for at least one or two.

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