Is it Disc Golf or Frisbee Golf? Either Way, It’s Free Family Fun.
We hear you! It’s the end of the school year and your kids are getting restless. We’ve all 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.
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.
What are the General Rules to Frisbee Golf aka Disc 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 Park |
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 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.
(Groesbeck neighborhood) 2700 Mark Ave, Lansing
Slater park has one disc golf goal perfect for practicing before you head out to an 18-hole course.
|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!