Great Places to Play
-from the Staff at

Winthrop University - Rock Hill, South Carolina
When you think of the best our game has to offer, think Winthrop. Site of the World Championships in 1997 and current home to the U.S. Championship, Winthrop is definitely the "Augusta National" of disc golf.

There are several layouts at Winthrop, all of which are extremely enjoyable to play. The Gold Course is considered by many to be the premier venue for championship play. It seems to have been designed perfectly for spectators and is the closest thing we have to a stadium course.

Lush fairways and greens, wind, water, the works. Winthrop is mostly open but there are just enough trees to tighten you up in a close match. Bring several extra drivers if you are going to spend the day because even in calm conditions you'll likely sink a few in the drink while gunning for pins.

To get there, take I-77 to Exit 82-B onto Cherry Road, follow 2.6 miles and take a left onto Richmond Ave., cross over Eden Terrace Rd. and into the Winthrop Coliseum parking area, follow signs into the Lake area

Renaissance Park - Charlotte, North Carolina
The latest addition to an already stout selection of courses in the Charlotte is this "big boy" course located just outside of the downtown area. Nestled on a very wooded piece of property, Renaissance boasts long, demanding holes with a slew of treacherous greens. An incredible amount of elevation change will tax both the legs and the conscience.

The finishing holes at Renaissance are as awesome as they come. Both #17 and #18 are incredible par 4's that can ruin a round before you know it. This course never gives you an opportunity to relax. From the first tee it's game on, so give yourself plenty of time to psyche up before a round. Even on a good day you might just get kicked around.

To get there, take I-77 to the Tyvola Road exit and go west, the park is about 3 miles on the right and is located in the Jeff Adams Tennis Center, follow park road past tennis courts and look for signs

La Mirada Park - La Mirada, California
Located in sunny, southern California, La Mirada is one of the local's favorites for big air disc golf. The park is mostly open with a random smattering of trees that will keep you in check off the tee. A good bit of elevation change and a decent-sized lake in the middle of the park make La Mirada a very cool place for golf. Be sure and bring a roller or two because the terrain is manicured nicely and a well thrown roller may get you a putt or two that you wouldn't have thought possible.

To get there, take I-5 to Beach Blvd.(Route 39) and follow north to Rosecrans Dr. and turn left, follow Rosecrans to Adella Rd. and turn right, follow signs into park, course begins near the tennis courts

Seneca Creek State Park - Gaithersburg, Maryland
Multiple tees and several pin placements per hole make this a virtual Disney Land for disc golf. Upon arrival at Seneca Creek you will immediately feel as if you are someplace special. The park is awesome. It's peaceful and relaxing, creating a perfect setting for an enjoyable round.

Seneca Creek is mostly wooded and very tight in some spots. The course will beg you to go for the "big" shot in places and then will often slap you in the face and laugh. It has no mercy, especially in the longest layout. There are plenty of opportunities for rolling…of all kinds, and some holes must be rolled to even get a look at birdie.

If there is a knock on this course it would be that several of the holes look and even play very much alike. This should not however, deter you from going. It is a fabulous place to play and the locals there will treat you right.

To get there, take I-270 north from D.C., take Exit 11 onto Route 117 and go approximately 2 miles, the park will be on your left

DeLaveaga Park - Santa Cruz, California
Okay sports fans, here is your dream course. Awesome views, serious elevation change, danger everywhere. DeLaveaga will work you hard for 27 holes while not once allowing you to drop your guard. The fairways are dangerous. The greens are dangerous. The entire place is loaded with pitfalls, yet there is hardly a more fun place to play golf on the planet. This park just brings a challenge to the table that most players cannot answer.

If you traveled to DeLaveaga and only got to play Hole #27, aka "Top of the World", you would leave with a feeling of euphoria. Many disc golfers have traveled just to see this famous hole and none have been let down.

To get there, take Hwy. 1 to the Morrissey exit, head north to Branciforte Ave. then turn right towards the DeLaveaga Golf Course (ball golf course), there are plenty of signs to guide you once your close

Hornet's Nest Park - Charlotte, North Carolina

Ken Climo once described Hornet's Nest as having a Jeckyl and Hyde personality, referring to the different look you get upon entering the back nine. On the front side you will find nicely mowed fairways and plenty of room to air it out. Especially on Hole #8, a long par 4 that is one of the prettier holes you'll find.

But you need to get your strokes where you can on the front because once you step to the tee of Hole #10 you will quickly sense that things are about to change. And they do. It's tight all the way home. Real tight. Fair, but tight. If you don't bring your game face and some patience, you may just blow right on up.

Hornet's Nest is a great course to challenge all aspects of your game. It has it all and is one of the better places to train if you are a regular competitor on tour. One of the other features of this park is one of the southeast's more successful BMX tracks. So if your game is nowhere to be found, hanging out with the kids at the track can certainly adjust your perspective.

To get there, take I-77 to Exit 16 B, then west on Sunset Rd., turn right onto Beatties Ford Rd. which is within a half mile of I-77, the park will be on the left approximately 3 miles, follow park road to the back near tennis courts