Are you looking for something different to do outdoors that the whole family will love? Look no further than disc golf! Like golf, there are courses for disc golf and a set par for each hole. Unlike golf, all you need to play are discs or even frisbees, and the courses are often free all day any day!
How to Play Disc Golf
The game of disc golf is simple. To start, find the basket labeled as #1. Start on the tee, which is usually a concrete platform. Then, count how many throws it takes to get your disc into the large metal basket.
Disc Golf Equipment
If you have frisbees, they are perfectly fine to use for beginners. Discs are heavier, smaller, and thicker than frisbees, which make them easier to control. A disc set with a putter, driver, and mid-range disc can be found for about $20 online. We usually use just one disc per round per person and haven’t yet noticed much difference in a putter, driver, or mid-range disc. As players become more advanced, they may want to use the disc sets. We sometimes see players with satchels and even pull carts filled with discs at courses we visit.
Disc Golf Courses
Courses have 6, 9, 18, or more holes, and they are located all around Indianapolis. We never realized there were so many great courses so close to us. It’s a great family game because you can make your own par for each hole, let different aged children start in different places, and play for as long as you’d like. I have kiddos from toddler to teen age, and they’ve all tried the courses we’ve visited. My teen usually plays 9 or 18 holes, and then the others keep busy walking the trails, looking for rocks, and picking flowers.
Disc Golf Courses around Indy
7200 Midlands Lane, Noblesville 46060
This is a well-kept park with 18 holes. There are a few holes that are wooded and a few around a pond, but it is mostly flat. There is also a skate park, playground, and even a splash park here along with trails.
300 Ballpark Drive, New Whiteland 46184
This disc golf course is split between East Park and West Park. East Park has the first nine holes and is open with few trees. Just be careful of the creek (I may have fallen in trying to retrieve a disc)! There is a playground and nice shelter there, too. West Park has the last nine holes and also has a playground, but is not as stroller friendly.
405 Driftwood Court, Franklin 46131
This park is one of the largest disc golf courses we found. It features 25 holes and takes you through wetlands, woods, and flatlands. You may want to use an old disc or frisbee on some holes because they are easy to lose in the long grass, woods, and water. (If you find our green disc, let me know!) It also has a paved trail, so it’s stroller friendly. There was a lot of walking between holes, so this one may be best for older kids. My younger kids thought the playgrounds and exercise stations looked fun, but we didn’t get to play on them this trip.
6570 E US Hwy 36, Avon 46123
This course takes you through Avon’s Town Hall Park and even has scorecards in the mailbox by the first tee. There are 18 holes, some long and open, others around a lake or in woods. It is said to be unique compared to other area disc golf courses.
205 W. Hoover Street, Westfield 46074
Located within Asa Bales Park, this 9-hole course has many trees and a creek that runs through it. Half the holes are located on the north end of the bridge and the other half are on the south end. We also love the beautiful playground at this park.
5307 Fairview Road, Greenwood 46142
This course is perfect for beginners. There is a paved trail that encircles the 6-hole course, so I often walk the trail with my younger kids while my older son plays the course. There is also a large shelter with picnic tables and a small playground in the middle of the course. It’s one of our favorites to stop in for a quick break.
8575 E. Raymond Street, Indianapolis 46239
Located in front of Raymond Park Middle School, this is another great course for beginners. There are 9 holes in an open area and holes are well-marked.
S 325 E, Nineveh 46164
This course is located within Johnson County Park on the site of an old golf course. It is a large 18-hole course with some wooded holes and some open holes. It is nicely marked, but not stroller friendly. Bring bug spray to this one.