A cup of hot coffee in hand, a cool fall morning, and Frisbees in hand are some of the best ways to meet friends at one of Metro Detroit’s disc golf courses. Yes you’ve read correctly. Disc golf, for some of you who are not that familiar, follows rules similar to golf, but instead of clubs and balls, players throw frisbees at targets. This quiet but physical sport makes up for the craziness of the back to school season well. There are quite a number of courses throughout the Metro area, but it’s hard to know which to play first. If you’re looking for a new course or wondering which to start with, here are some of Metro Detroit’s best disk golf courses!
STARR JAYCEE PARK
Located in Royal Oak and tucked away in a neighborhood Starr Jaycee Park is an excellent course for a late summer day. The park is fairly open, but made private by light populations of trees, and has parking, a gazebo, toilets, a playground, and other activities available to the public. Starr Jaycee Park is 16 acres and is less than 25 minutes’ drive from downtown Detroit.
Parking location: 13 Mile & Crooks, Royal Oak, MI 48073
Ann Arbor may be a bit of a walk from downtown Detroit, but with an online map, this course is challenging and fun. Bandemer Parks The golf course has nine holes and runs along the Huron River, adding to the beauty of the Michigan golf course. Don’t forget your bug spray as much of the course winds through wooded areas. This course is approximately a 40-minute drive from downtown Detroit.
Parking Location: 1352 Lake Shore Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Cantons Freedom park is off Palmer Road and offers not only a disc golf course, but also a pedestrian walkway, playground, pond and many other amenities. The Freedom Park Pavilion can also be rented for events for up to 80 people. This park is approximately 35 minutes’ drive from Detroit.
Parking Location: 44705 Palmer Rd, Canton, MI 48188
Located on the Rouge River in Troy, Fire station offers many amenities including an 18 hole disc golf course. The park itself extends over 90 hectares and the course runs through the wooded areas and open spaces of the park. This park also features a baseball diamond, sand volleyball courts, a toilet, and several soccer fields. Traffic north on I-75 is always a gamble due to current construction, but the 18-hole course is definitely worth the drive!
Parking location: 1800 W Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098
Just over a 30 minute drive that Litter Shop offers two year-round open 18-hole courses that are simply wonderful to play. The Ponds, a dry course that is never flooded or muddy, is a long course with open holes that allow for a more relaxed course. The second course, The Woods, is very wooded with some decently hard holes. This challenging course is great for competing against your past runs and also creates great rivalry between friends.
Parking location: 2300 Lakeshore Blvd, Ypsilanti MI
CASS BENTON HILLS DISC GOLF COURSE
This Northville square is a favorite in the area for many. Cass Benton Hills Disc Golf Course offers golfers 18 holes that run through wooded areas, open areas and among the other park amenities. Just over a half hour drive from downtown Detroit, this place is fantastic for playing alone and with friends on hot and cool days.
Parking Location: 18951 Northville Rd, Northville, MI, 48167
RIVER BEND PARK
River Bends Park is located in a beautiful area of Shelby Township and is criss-crossed by a disc golf course. This 27-hole course is ideal for bringing a picnic and enjoying the park’s other amenities after the course is over. This park also offers hiking trails, charcoal grills, playgrounds, and more. This park is quite a hike from downtown Detroit and takes about 45 minutes, but it’s a beautiful place to spend a day away from the end of the summer chaos.
Parking Location: 5700 22 Mile Rd, Shelby Charter Twp, MI 48317
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