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Vail Valley Disc Golf Courses & Tournaments

Disc golf is a popular activity that seems like it was custom-made for the Colorado mountains.  Vail Valley disc golf  courses get you outdoors on beautiful, natural courses, hiking from hole to hole, with a quiver of lightweight discs.  You will enjoy breathtaking scenery and lovely weather while trying to avoid obstacles like trees, rocks and rivers to sink the disc into the target. These disc golf courses are the perfect destination for the outdoor enthusiasts looking to have fun.

Scroll down for more information about Vail Valley disc golf courses & tournaments. Includes complete information and videos about each course and details regarding local, annual disc golf tournaments. Come out and join the fun!


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What is Disc Golf

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf but instead of a dimpled ball and expensive clubs, players use flying discs or Frisbees®. The object of the game is to hit the target with a disc in the fewest number of throws. A player starts by throwing a golf disc from a tee area to a target which is the “hole”. The target is usually an elevated metal basket.

As the player plays through each fairway, they must make each throw from the exact spot where the previous throw landed. Trees, shrubs, rocks, cliffs, water hazards and terrain changes located in and around the fairways create challenging obstacles for the golfer to overcome. Finally, the “putt” puts the disc in the basket and the hole is completed.

Disc golf seems easy but it quickly becomes apparent that this is a challenging, fun and addictive game that does share many of the same traits as traditional golf. However, there are some differences, disc golf does not require steep greens fees , uses less equipment and a cart is not needed as the course is meant to be walked. Disc golf was designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, regardless of economic status.

Getting Started

Disc golf is easy to learn, so people can pick up the rules fast and start having fun right away. The rules of the game are set by the Professional Disc Golf Association, as they are the the governing body for the sport and sanctions competitive events for men and women of every skill level from beginner to professional. The PDGA is a membership-based organization in 47 countries, with over 100,000 members. Check out the PDGA website for a directory thousands of permanent disc golf courses, and find a course near you.

Why You Should Play

For outdoor enthusiasts, this is a no-brainer. Disc Golf gets you out of doors, lets you be active in a beautiful setting. An ideal way to have tons of fun while staying fit, and improving your health and quality of life. Disc golf provides upper and lower body conditioning and aerobic exercise. It also stimulates your brain and increases concentration skills by analyzing shots and negotiating obstacles.

Disc golf is easy to fit into your schedule, a round only takes one to two hours, and may be played alone or with friends and family. It is very inexpensive as all you need to get started is a single disc, for basic play. This is a really fun activity that easily gets you hooked and wanting more!


Vail Valley Disc Golf Courses


Vail


Adventure Ridge

Located high on Vail Mountain is the super fun, family activity hub of Adventure Ridge. Adventure Ridge offers a TON of fun things to do like, zip lining, alpine coaster, tubing, ropes course hiking, digging for fossils and DISC GOLF. You need to take the Eagle Bahn Gondola to access this course. This 19-hole course is seasonal and only open in the summer and early fall as this turns into the legendary ski mountain in the winter.

Enjoy the spectacular ride up the mountain to the first tee and enjoy breathtaking views the Sawatch, New York and Gore Range mountains. Vail Gondola usually operates early June -early September

It does cost to ride the gondola, check here for current prices and gondola information

This awesome course wanders across Vail Mountain at an elevation of 10,200 ft. This course is steep and rugged with a mix of trees and beautiful high alpine meadows and open areas with sweeping vistas. The disc golf tee position on this course is usually a dirt pad. The target  type is DISCatcher.

It is recommended to wear sturdy footwear, bring plenty of water, sunglasses and don’t forget the sunscreen. Weather conditions at the top of the mountain can change quickly and drastically so come prepared for sun, rain and even, occasionally, snow. Late afternoon showers are a a daily occurrence, and the temperature can fluctuate dramatically, especially at the top of the mountain.

Keep in mind that chairlifts/gondola will stop running for at least 30 minutes if lightning is detected in the area.

Stop by the desk at Adventure Ridge for info and course maps.

Directions

To play the disc golf course park your car at the Lionshead Parking Structure which is free during the summer.

Walk southwest (to the right) from the parking structure through Lionshead to the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, located near Garfinkel’s restaurant and Solaris Resort.

You can ride the gondola for free if you have a Vail Resorts Epic Pass, if not, you will need to buy a summer lift ticket at the ticket office or online at vail.com before riding the gondola to the course.

Riding the Eagle Bahn gondola to Adventure Ridge takes about 15 minutes. Walk out and head to the right, toward the nearest chair lift. You will find the first tee near a large concrete slab.


Beaver Creek


Beaver Creek Disc Golf Course

Like the course on Vail Mountain, the Beaver Creek disc golf course is nestled high on Beaver Creek ski mountain. The course starts at the top of the Centennial Express Lift at the Spruce Saddle Lodge and Restaurant. This 18-hole course boasts lots of elevation changes, rugged alpine mountain terrain and beautiful, sweeping views. The course consists of a mix of aspen, pine tree stands and open meadows. The disc golf tee position at this course is usually a grass pad. Perfect for all ages and abilities, Beaver Creek is the perfect place for the whole family to play.

The really nice thing about Beaver Creek is that it is never as busy or crowded as Vail.

Players will enjoy 9 holes under 300 ft., 5 holes 300-400 ft and 4 holes over 400 ft. The Targets are DISCatchers. The course is situated approximately 10,000 ft above sea level.

The weather in Colorado is very fickle and can change on a dime, especially high in the mountains. Even if the day starts out sunny and warm you must be prepared for temperature drops, rain storms, and even the occasional snow flurries. Waterproof jacket, sturdy shoes, lots of water, sunglasses and 30+ sunscreen are recommended.

Keep in mind that the chairlifts/gondola will stop running for at least 30 minutes if lightning is detected in the area. Beaver Creek chair lifts and gondolas usually operate between mid June and early September.

Directions

Park in the Elk Lot at main entrance to Beaver Creek (Hwy 6) in Avon. Take shuttle bus (comes every 10 minutes) up to Beaver Creek Village. Go through the covered bridge, make a right and take the escalators up to base of mountain where you can catch the Centennial Lift. It is a beautiful, scenic 15 minute ride to Spruce Saddle and the start of this unique disc golf course.


Edwards


Lake Creek Village Apartments Disc Golf Course

This 9-hole short course was created in 1997 and has been a wonderful amenity to the local community. It is a free to play this short course that follows the river in Edwards, CO. However, the course is not well-maintained and some baskets may be missing. It is more like a casual placement of baskets along the riverfront than an actual course. There are no real tees on this course, just grassy areas. The target type is DISCatchers. Players will enjoy 8 holes under 300 ft. and 1 hole over 400 ft. It is very convenient being located right in Edwards and close to the recreation path. Open year-round weather and conditions dependent.

This course plays near private residences and a popular kids’ playground so use caution when playing and do not throw if children or residents are close by or walking between you and the target. Be careful of hitting buildings. It is easy to lose a disc in the low undergrowth or in the fast moving waters of the river, especially during the spring run-off.

This casual disc golf course offers an excellent opportunity to shoot a good score. Approximately, a half mile hike back to hole 1 from the end of hole 9.

Directions

From the Highway, head south on Edwards access road to the roundabout. Veer right at roundabout to Hwy 6. Drive approximately 2 miles and make a right turn onto Hillcrest Drive. Continue across the river and take an immediate right onto Lake Creek Village Drive. Park your car at the leasing office located directly to the right.


Singletree Disc Golf Course

The Singletree 9-hole Disc Golf course is located in Edwards, CO and embraces a high desert environment. It is located on a raised plateau above town, and features exciting play with many precarious basket placements situated right on the edge of a steep drop off. A scattering of small Juniper trees guard the pin positions and the really good use of moderate elevation change adds challenge to the open holes.

To enhance the challenge, players will find that the prevailing west winds also come into play, usually blowing discs straight toward the cliff. Have Fun!

Targets are Mach V with Trapper Baskets. Tees are marked by pink painted rocks and green stakes. There is a sign with the course map is located at the entrance.

Be aware that two fairways cross each other at holes 3 and 7 and many baskets and tees are close to each other. There are also a lot of hikers and bikers that utilize this area so use caution if others are near.

Enjoy the beautiful, rugged high alpine desert views of his challenging course. This course is usually snow free around the beginning of May and will remain open until late in the fall .

Directions

From I-70; exit 163 at Edwards. Go north on Beard Creek Road. Take a left at the roundabout and stay on Beard Creek Road heading west. Turn right on Berry Creek Road. and then take an immediate left to stay on Berry Creek Road, which will turn into a dirt road. Go 1/3 of a mile to the parking area on the right (you will see course signs on the fence posts). Look for the 1st tee on the dirt path.


Eagle


Hole In the Sky Disc Golf Course

Hole in the Sky Disc Golf course is Eagle County’s only permanent, year-round disc course. Living up to its name, this 18-hole course enjoys the very moderate climate of Eagle, it usually receives minimal snow in the winter and warm, dry temperatures come here, long before the rest of the valley.

Established in 2014, this course features a nice variety of long, open holes, technical, tree-guarded baskets, and tight, wooded fairways. Enjoy fun water play with the Eagle River as a hazard on a handful holes. This course boasts a very modest elevation change, so it is not as demanding as some of the on-mountain courses but is still fun and challenging.

Eagle is also known to get quite windy which can make play interesting. Pay attention to “next tee” navigation instructions to keep you on track and going in the right direction. Players will enjoy 9 holes that are under 300ft, 7 holes between 300-400ft. and 2 long holes over 400 ft. in distance. Targets are DISCatchers.

Located near the Eagle Fairgrounds, this course is on mixed-use land that may also be used for bike races, horse paddocks, and other activities. Therefore, sometimes some holes may be unplayable due to other events taking place.

Designed by the Flying Eagle Disc Society, Hole in the Sky is a Free To Play course that is perfect for all ages, levels and abilities. Visit the Fly Eagle Disc Society website flyingeagledisc.com for more information about this course.

Directions

Exit I-70 at the Eagle exit (#147). Go south on Eby Creek Rd. to the first right on Chambers Ave. which eventually turns into Fairgrounds Rd.). Go west 0.7 mile. You will pass the Eagle River Center and make a left into the paved parking lot. Drive through the lot to the dirt road entrance, look for the “Disc Golf Parking” sign. Park at far SW corner of the lot. 1st tee is to the west along the gravel pit rise.


Gypsum


Cross Creek Disc Golf Course

Established in 2017, this new, private, 18-hole disc golf course located in Gypsum, CO. If you love disc golf and getting away from it all, this is the place for you. This course is completely off the grid, with no cell service or the distractions of everyday life.

The hilly,18-hole course offers 9 holes under 300 ft., 7 holes between 300-400 ft and 2 long holes that are over 400 ft. in distance. The target types are blue Dynamic Discs Veteran baskets.

Come and play one of the most scenic disc golf holes in the country. This course is is nestled deep in the mountains and boasts tight, challenging tree lines, significant elevation change, open bomber holes, water in play and some of the most stunning views you’ll see on a course. This is one of the premier disc golf destination courses in Colorado, and not to be missed.

Whether its individual, group or tournament play, you are going to love this facility. Ideal for all ages and abilities. You must buy either an annual membership, which comes with a medallion to signify membership to Cross Creek, or a one or 3-day membership to schedule a tee time.

Directions

Located at Cross Creek Ranch outside of Gypsum, CO. Contact Cross Creek for access details and for annual or daily membership by visiting their website crosscreekdiscgolf.com


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Local Disc Golf Tournaments


GOPRO Mountain Games

The Rocky Mountains’ biggest mountain party includes a disc golf tournament. The Mountain Masters Disc Golf Tournament is a three 3-day event that happens annually in early June pitting the best disc players against each other. Each athlete participates in four qualifying rounds that tests both skills and stroke play.

All the action takes place at three local venues that includes a temporary 18-hole course at Maloit Park in Minturn, CO, a temporary 18-hole course at 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott, CO. There is also a temporary 9-hole course and long-drive challenge at Willow Creek Par 3 in Eagle-Vail, CO. Lastly, there is putting and MPH challenges in Vail Village.

Each athlete will participate in four qualifying rounds, that tests both skills and stroke play. Venues include two (2) 18-hole courses at Maloit Park in Minturn, CO and 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott, CO, one (1) 9-hole accuracy course and long-drive challenge at Willow Creek Par 3 in Eagle-Vail, CO, and putting and MPH challenge venues in Vail Village. Competitors must survive 3 skills challenges, a 9-hole accuracy challenge course, and two 18-hole courses before earning their place in the finals. The best 72 players with the top skills in qualifying will proceed to the final round on the one-of-a-kind disc golf championship course. There are divisions and BIG payouts for both men & women.
($8,500 total prize purse!)

Registration opens early February and the GOPRO Mountain Games Mountain Masters Disc Golf Event is capped at 288 athletes. This competition usually fills up, so early registration is recommended. Free live music nightly, an awesome player’s pack, as well as free swag and athlete perks like the Mountain Games athlete lounge. Whether you’re a returning pro or brand new to the disc golf, make sure you sign up and join in the action!

Visit mountaingames.com for current Event Dates, more information and to register for this tournament


Flying Eagle Open

The Flying Eagle Open is a unique, annual disc golf championship that takes place at THREE separate local venues; the Gypsum Creek Golf Course, Hole in the Sky Disc Golf Course and Cross Creek Disc Golf Course

This is a PDGA B-tier 2-day event that takes place in late September and offers three rounds of disc golf on 3 separate courses in Eagle and Gypsum, CO.

These courses offer water, sand and other challenging OB hazards to keep players honest while par fours and fives will test stamina and concentration. Natural and manicured beauty combine to create a truly top-level disc golf experience.

The field is capped at 216 players and these players will be split into three pools with each pool playing shotgun start rounds.

Each course will feature alternate tee positions depending on division. Amateur players can expect to receive a robust players pack, and there will be payouts to top finishers in all divisions. All winners play for trophies and winners of the Pro division can expect cash while winners of the Amateur division will enjoy prizes.

The Flying Eagle Open promises an extraordinary weekend of disc golf competition and camaraderie in the autumn beauty of the Vail Valley!

Check the flyingeagledisc.com website to find current dates for this year’s event


The Eagle County Disc Golf Ice Bowl

This event usually takes place in late February or early March which means it could very easily be sunny and warm or an icy blizzard, heck it could be both in the same day due to Colorado’s drastic weather changes. Which is why this even’s tag line is “No wimps or whiners allowed” and it takes place rain or shine or snowstorm!

The Ice Bowl is an annual opportunity for disc golfers to give back to the community as 100% of the proceeds from this event goes to Food Rescue Express, a local non-profit that fights hunger.

Food Rescue Express provides a full weekend of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to low-income elementary aged students in Eagle County Schools.

All are disc enthusiasts are welcome regardless of age, gender or ability. If you’re just getting started in disc golf, the Ice Bowl is an ideal place to start because it;s more about fun, charity and surviving the elements than about winning.

Two divisions are available: pro and amateur. The format is random-draw doubles with some fun, individual hole rules throughout the 18-hole course.

There are additional twist to this event like each player receives three free mulligans to use during the round and can buy or donate for more.There is also a closest-to-the-pin contest after the round with the proceeds going to Food Rescue Express.

For current tournament dates, more information or to register for this event visit FlyingEagleDisc.com


Local Disc Golf Clubs


Flying Eagle Disc Society

The Flying Eagle Disc Society,(aka the FEDS) is a local disc club dedicated to disc golf in all forms and they are one of the main reasons disc golf is so popular and accessible in the valley.

They are committed to establishing and maintaining a group of local disc golfers, improving and adding to local course infrastructure, and enriching the community through events and outreach programs, and boy are they successful!

Visit FlyingEagle Disc.com for club details, membership, leagues, upcoming local disc events and cool Flying Eagle merchandise like shirts, sweatshirts, mugs and water bottles.

Annual memberships is a great way to get involved and meet other local disc golf enthusiasts. It costs $20 and includes

  • Custom Numbered Bag Tag
  • “5 Year Anniversary” patch
  • Discounts at local businesses like:
  • Free entry into kickoff tag matches


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