Disc golf is taking off in Asheville, and for good reason. Occasionally called Frisbee golf or frolf, the popular game involves throwing a flying disc at a target, and follows rules similar to golf – but without all the equipment or expense of that sport.
Disc golf is often played on a course of 9 or 18 holes. Players complete a hole by throwing a disc from a tee area toward a target, tossing again from the landing position of the disc until the target is reached. Usually, the number of throws a player uses to reach each target is tallied, and players seek to complete each hole, and the course, in the lowest number of total throws.
If you want to try your hand at disc golf, Asheville has many courses from which to choose. Following are just a few:
One of two public championship caliber courses around Asheville (Mars Hill is the other), Richmond Hill Disc Golf Course boasts dense pine and daunting elevation, making it an extremely popular but challenging spot. The 18-hole course, just north of downtown Asheville in Richmond Hill Park (280 Richmond Hill Dr.), has one set of tee pads with multiple basket placements. Watch out for poison ivy and poison oak, which are common around the course.
Sandhill Disc Golf Course is part of Buncombe County Sports Park and hosts a full 18 holes that make their way through a hilly and wooded area. Parking and accessibility are easy, making this a popular course.
58 Apac Dr., Candler
UNCA Disc Golf Course is a 6-hole disc golf course open to both students and the community. The course is mostly hilly and wooded, and boasts easy access and efficient play.
2500 University Heights, Asheville
Lake Julian Disc Golf Course lies along the shores of South Asheville’s Lake Julian and was expanded to 18 holes in 2017. The mostly flat terrain features everything from waterfront holes to forested ones.
406 Overlook Road Ext., Arden
Owen High Nature Trail
This disc golf course is minimally wooded, relying more on elevation to keep things interesting. The interpretive tee-signs help players connect with the natural resources found on, and around, the school’s campus; and, since the scorecards double as field guides, you can identify common trees and bird species as you play your round.
99 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain
Pisgah Brewing Company
This brewery’s 9-hold disc golf course is located behind the outdoor stage area. It is mostly open and flat, with some trees and a creek in play on a few holes. It is open as long as there are no live on-stage shows happening. And bonus: You can grab a beer or food-truck snack post-game!
150 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain
Black Mountain Disc Golf
This course is in a small park near a winding creek and scenic area. The front 9 holes are relatively short but have some challenge. The back 9 holes more long and open.
10 Veterans Park Dr., Black Mountain
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