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Disc Golf Courses Around Saratoga

3 Places to Play Disc Golf Around Saratoga

eli king digital marketing managerby Eli King Conklin for Roohan Realty | September 30, 2019 | LinkedIn

Looking for a fun, affordable outdoor activity that to squeeze in as the days get shorter? You might want to try your hand at disc golf.

Similar to traditional golf, disc golf uses Frisbee-like discs instead of clubs and chain baskets on poles instead of holes. Courses are generally made up of 9 or 18 holes and the object of the game is to get the disc into each basket in the fewest number of throws.

Father of Disc Golf, "Steady" Ed Headrick. Photo: Discgolf.com

Father of Disc Golf, “Steady” Ed Headrick. Photo: Discgolf.com

The sport was founded in the 1970s by Frisbee designer “Steady” Ed Headrick, who used to practice Frisbee by hitting random targets like trash cans and street signs. Seeing the potential for these outdoor “object courses” to become a legitimate sport, he and his son formed the first Disc Golf company, DGA (for Disc Golf Association) in 1976. The game is now played in 40 countries, with over 115,000 active members of the Professional Disc Golf Association worldwide (as of 2018).

Here’s where to play this fun golf alternative in our area….no tee times or pricey fees required! Need discs? Recommendations on where to get them below 🙂

Saratoga Spa State Park
19 Roosevelt Dr, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 | Peerless Pool

directions

# holes:
9, each with two different tee boxes: white (par 27) and blue (par 28)

Terrain:
Beginner-friendly layout in mostly flat field setting

Hole info:
White tee holes range from 179 feet to 360 feet
Blue tee holes range from 236 feet to 462 feet

Cost:
$8 entry fee per car


Shenantaha Creek Park
376 Ballston Ave, East Line, NY 12020

directions

# holes:
9, par 29

Terrain:
Mostly flat and lightly wooded

Hole info:
Holes range from 201 feet to 522 feet

Cost:
Free


Hyzer Park
7272 Barkersville Road, Middle Grove, NY, 12850

directions

Hole #16 | Photo by: Qwikstreet, www.dgcoursereview.com

# holes:
18, par 63

Terrain:
Very hilly and moderately wooded; a bit challenging

Hole info:
Holes range from 162 feet to 711 feet

Cost:
$5 suggested donation but not mandatory


Discs

To get started, you’ll need three discs:

  • putter
  • mid-range
  • driver

There’s lots of information online about the performance of different disc materials and weights. Here’s a helpful guide by DiscGolfNow.com to get you started.

If you’re looking for a good basic starter set, there’s a highly rated one by Innova that you can get for under $30 on Amazon:

Innova disc golf starter set


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