Ok, top 118 disc golf courses
The question I inevitably get asked during a round is “What’s your favorite course?” Overall destination area complexes top the list. Highbridge is the best complex, any one of the courses there could nearly be my favorite. Hornings Hideout, the IDGC, Farragut, and Lemon Lakes would complete my top five, if we’re talking complexes and overall destination areas. Individual courses on the other hand. Birds of Paradise tops the list as the most beautiful enjoyable round of disc golf I’ve played, where my jaw drops as I approach every tee box.
How did I come up with this list? Completely subjectively, a gut feeling. My personal enjoyment factor at each particular course, which is affected by many things :
Amenities don’t mean much to me, I could care less about concrete tee pads or a bench to sit on at each hole.
Physical beauty stands out, both scenery and the beauty of each hole. I love extreme/adventure golf, the more rugged and secluded, the more enjoyable it is to me.
Which leads into the technical aspect of design – How well designed are the fairways/airways and landing areas? Are there unique holes that stand out? Variety of holes – distances, shapes, elevation, tree density, rough thickness.
Local scene – if I had a good time with the local players, at a tournament or event, if I played the course multiple times, different things stand out having seen the locals on their home turf.
Basically if a course makes me want to return for another go, it makes the list.
To answer the question, “What is your favorite course?” I came up with 110 responses, they’re in a rough order, the first 40 or so are in order of preference, after that they’re in no particular order. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some, feel free to remind me of certain courses.