In 2007 the world of disc golf converged on Wisconsin as the small town of Highbridge hosted the Disc Golf World Championships at the Highbridge Hills Sports Complex. Well, since then it’s safe to say the sport has been flying high in Wisconsin. According to DG Course Review, 110 new courses opened in the state since 2007, and in 2013 alone, nine new courses popped up from Stockholm and Brillion to Madison and Prairie du Chien. Wisconsin now has 231 courses with 201 of which are open to the public. But why is this sport gaining such popularity? Here’s what this writer thinks:
Now not all courses are created equal. When you first start, you’ll probably be happy with a wide-open space with a tee pad to throw from and a basket to aim at - and nine holes will probably be enough for your first few times out. As you progress, you’ll probably be looking for courses with unique holes, obstacles and challenging shots; and you’ll be even happier when the course has 18 or more holes. I’m sure you’ll discover that Wisconsin has a disc golf course near you that you’ll find fun to play. Let us know what your favorite courses are and maybe we’ll see you out hitting the chains.
Author profile: Chad Diedrick is the managing producer for Discover Wisconsin. In over 12 years of discovering Wisconsin, he has seen virtually every corner of our state. Diedrick recently took up the sport of disc golfing (spring 2013) as "traditional" golf became too expensive. His goal is to hit every Wisconsin course as he continues his travels.
I think we met last year at the Manitowoc Main Street Office for the Manitowoc Visitor and Convention Bureau marketing meeting. You should visit us in Manitowoc to play some disc golf. We have several beautiful courses including 27 holes at Silver Creek Park on Lake Michigan with an elevated basket extending out over the beach with a lighthouse base, Lower Cato Falls, Indian Creek Park and a pay to play professional course in Reedsville named Rollin' Ridge. I would be happy to give you a tour of our courses.
The website listed is for our PDGA Super Tour tournament on June 28-29, 2014 and offers driving maps to the courses as well as course maps and photos. Have a great weekend!
Jim, I'm DEFINITELY heading to Manitowoc with AJ and my plastic. And I WILL take you up on the personal tour offer. Rollin' Ridge is one of my priority plays this year, and Silver Creek sounds (and looks) really cool too.
Columbnus has a new 6 hole course (all the room we had for permanent holes but room for 3 temps)
I like playing at course in silver lake Wisconsin in Kenosha county; Fox River Park is the park it has a nine, and an 18 very quiet and challenging, something worth checking out. Let's not forget UW-Parkside which also boasts two courses, very challenging as well, but costs.