Is it Disc Golf or Frisbee Golf? Either Way, It’s Free Family Fun.
We hear you! Your kids are getting restless. We’ve been stuck inside too long.
You want an inexpensive, yet enjoyable activity that your whole family will want to do…maybe even something that will also get your kids moving and outdoors?
You may think you’ve asked too much, but as my family recently discovered, Disc Golf (or Frisbee Golf) is the perfect solution for your wallet and boredom woes!
Reason One: Disc golf is inexpensive.
Reason Two: The whole family can participate.
Reason Three: You can disc golf while maintaining a safe social distance.
Note: Some courses or parks may be closed. With the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, we suggest that you check the park’s website or Facebook page before venturing out and be prepared to possibly find an alternative location if your first pick is closed.
To make it simple for your family to take on this activity, here are a few things we learned as first-time Disc/Frisbee Golf players.
You’ll need a Disc(s) — Visit a local Disc Golf shop like Ace Holes, Disk Shop Dick’s Sporting Goods, and The Haven where curbside pickup is available, or purchase from an online retailer. Local shops often sell used discs for under $10. Or, in our case, we borrowed some from a friend!
Grab sunscreen and bug spray.
Bring your water bottle!
Closed-toe shoes are a good idea, but not necessary.
General Rules – Frisbee Golf
Disc/Frisbee Golf is played like traditional golf (or as I explained it to my kids to make it more relatable, it’s similar to playing mini-golf).
One point is counted for each time the disc is thrown with the goal being to play each hole in the fewest strokes possible.
The player with the lowest total points wins.
You “Tee Off” from the designated area (the course we played had a posted map so you knew where to start).
From there, you take turns throwing based on who is farthest from the target.
You throw from where your disc lies until you’re able to complete the hole by getting your disc into the basket or chains of the target.
For more detailed rules of play, check out the Disc Golf Association website.
Where to Play Disc/Frisbee Golf Around Lansing
Many parks, schools and churches in Lansing have courses for the public to use! A small sampling of places you can play are below, but you can also find one close to you at DC Course Review or The Disc Golf Scene.
Fitzgerald Park (100 Fitzgerald Park Dr, Grand Ledge)
Word-on-the-street says this is a Lansing favorite. It has a beautiful view going for its Disc Golf Course and might be the place for you if you’re looking for a combination of both “field and forested play.” This is also a great course if you’re up for a challenge.
Grand Woods (4500 W Willow Hwy, Lansing)
This course is well-known for a reason – it’s fun and beautiful all in one! The course follows the river throughout Grand Woods Park.
Granger Meadows/Valley Farms Park Ruthroff’s Ridge Disc Golf Course (1090 E Wieland Rd, Lansing)
Another epic course is woven throughout Granger Meadows and Valley Farms park grounds. Your family will love the scenery as much as the course.
Burchfield Park (881 Grovenburg Rd, Holt)
This beautiful park offers a great beginner and advanced disc golfers and two courses!
Great Lakes Christian College (6211 W. Willow Hwy, Lansing)
This is a great course for families and beginners with its wide-open fields and spaces.
Slater Park – Groesbeck neighborhood (2700 Mark Ave, Lansing)
Sleepy Hollow (7835 E. Price Road, Laingsburg)
While my 6-year olds proved to be better disc throwers than me, our entire family had an awesome time trying Disc Golf for the first time and the kids are already asking to go back to the park for another round — probably just so they can beat mom again!
Our Own Local Junior Disc Golf Champion
Can I be honest? I can’t say that Disc Golf was on my family’s list of things-to-do this summer, even though many of the parks we go to have Disc Golf courses.
But when we heard from a reader, Melissa Bell, about her family’s love of this outdoor sport and how her six-year-old son, Kaidin Bell, is a local and world Junior Disc Golf Champion, I was intrigued — not only about playing as a family activity but how her young son got involved in it!
Melissa and her husband Adam began playing Disc Golf when they were dating and after having their son, they started showing Kaidin how to play. Not only did Kaidin love it, but he excelled at it too. He scored his first flying disc record when he was only a year old and has since racked up 58 records!
While there aren’t any Disc Golf leagues for kids here yet, if you have a kid that is interested in playing competitively, The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) has a Junior World Championship for kids up to the age of 18.
This year’s Championship took place in Kansas and they had over 128 junior competitors! And if you want to try for some record-breaking Disc throwing, you can check out the World Flying Disc Federation.