No country plays more disc golf than the United States. Though there are countries that have more disc golf courses or play more rounds of disc golf in per capita terms, the United States is far and away the leader in both categories by overall volume.
Of course, the U.S. is a huge place, and its states often have the size and populations of countries elsewhere in the world, so when a new year rolls around, we like check out which course in each state was most popular (i.e., had the most plays recorded with UDisc) the previous year. It's information we can learn a lot from. For example, it shows where demand for disc golf is greatest, which sorts of locations tend to create high-traffic courses, and where a new course or two would help lessen the burden on a single extremely well-used one.
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- What Does "Most Popular" Mean?
- Why Some Hot Spots Didn't Get #1s
- What to Know Before Reading the Stats
- A Way to Avoid Crowded Disc Golf Courses
- The Most Popular Disc Golf Course in Every U.S. State: 2022
What Does "Most Popular" Mean?Disc golf courses that are a state, country, or other large area's "most popular" tend to walk an interesting line. Though they're occasionally also what people consider an area's "best" course, it's fairly rare. But popular courses do tend to be very good courses.
Just to be clear before we keep going, "most popular" in this post means simply "most played."
In countries with multiple disc golf options, the most popular courses are often those near large population centers, easily accessible by car or public transport, and appealing to the majority of disc golfers. Since most disc golfers play recreationally, the courses with top play counts usually have layouts that are enjoyable and not demoralizing for less-skilled players.
Essentially, expect popular courses to have fun designs that will challenge the everyday disc golfer and be great for a family day out or someone's first round ever. The courses that manage to balance showing those demographics a top-notch time while also wowing experienced, competition-focused players are rare gems. They often make it possible through use of multiple tee or basket positions, though, so make sure to check UDisc Courses for multiple layouts if a course catches your eye.
For those who want to know what the best disc golf courses in their state are, check out "The 5 Best Disc Golf Courses In Each U.S. State: 2022."
Why Some Hot Spots Didn't Get #1s
Some locations of each state's most popular course are unsurprising. No one will raise an eyebrow seeing a Philadelphia course on top in Pennsylvania or a Portland course taking the cake in Oregon.
However, others appear strange at first glance. For example, North Carolina's most popular course is in Raleigh though many would assume that a track in disc golf hot spot Charlotte (also the Tar Heel State's most populous city) would claim the title. So, why didn't a Charlotte course win out?
It comes down to course availability. Yes, there are probably more disc golfers in Charlotte than there are in Raleigh, but Charlotteans have way more courses to choose from. According to UDisc Places, Charlotte has 40 courses while Raleigh has just five. Clearly, Charlotte offers players far more options to spread out when courses get full, meaning play counts will be more evenly spread. In Raleigh, everybody just has to crowd in.
As we discussed in our post on the most popular courses in each country for 2022, a city having a large area's most popular course could be seen as good evidence that it needs more courses to keep up with demand. If you're in one of those cities and trying to get more courses in the ground, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for stats and information resources.
A Way to Avoid Crowded Disc Golf Courses
If your closest course is a popular one and you'd like a way to avoid the crowds, don't forget that players with UDisc Pro can now see real-time disc golf course traffic online and in the app. Just check under the photos of any course listing in the app or on the right of your screen beneath the map location on the web.
What to Know Before Reading the Stats
Here are important things to know before you dive into the table.
On Where the Stats Came From and Their Meanings
- $: This symbol next to a course's name means the course requires a fee of some type.
- Plays: The number of rounds recorded in 2022 on a course with the UDisc app, the #1 app for disc golfers. Not every round of disc golf is recorded in UDisc, but research conducted in 2020 suggested that roughly one out of every five rounds is.
- New Champ: A "Yes" in this column means a state had a different most popular course in 2020.
- +/-: How many spots the 2022 top course in a state rose or fell in relation to where the state's top course was on the 2021 list. For example, Oregon's top course was #6 in total plays in relation to other states' top courses in 2021; this year it was #3 and has a ▲3 in this category.
- World Pop. Grade: The "Pop." stands for "popularity. This is a quick and interesting way to compare every course's play total with 2022's most popular disc golf course in the world (a course in Denmark). If you've ever had a test graded on a curve, it's pretty much the same thing. The course with the most plays in the world set the bar and got a 100. The other courses' "grades" are based on what percentage their play counts are of the highest plays total. For example, if a course has a World Pop. Grade of 20, it means it had 20% of the plays that the world's most popular course did in 2021.
On Organization and Tips for Correct Interpretation
- The table is organized from the most played to the least played course, but...
- ... don't forget that the stats include only the top course from each state. Because some states have multiple courses with more plays than the top course in other states, no course's position in the table – other than #1 – is guaranteed to reflect its overall popularity as compared to all courses in the United States.
The Most Popular Disc Golf Course in Every U.S. State: 2022
|State||Disc Golf Course||City||Disc Golf Rounds Recorded
|1||California||Morley Field $||San Diego||39,965||98|
|2||Colorado||Johnny Roberts DGC||Arvada||27,824||▲2||69|
|4||Texas||Zilker Park $||Austin||22,780||▼1||56|
|6||Massachusetts||Maple Hill $||Leicester||19,664||▲3||48|
|7||Minnesota||Kaposia Park $||South Saint Paul||18,849||▼5||46|
|10||New Jersey||Stafford Woods||Voorhees Township||16,926||▼2||42|
|12||Kansas||Rosedale Park (Up Top)||Kansas City||16,040||▲2||40|
|13||Illinois||The Canyons at Dellwood Park||Lockport||15,506||▼1||38|
|14||South Carolina||Splinter City DGC||Myrtle Beach||15,024||▲5||37|
|15||New Hampshire||Bellamy Park||Dover||14,992||Yes||▼5||37|
|16||Florida||Ed Austin Park [Fore Palms]||Jacksonville||14,966||▼3||37|
|18||Arizona||Vista Del Camino Park||Scottsdale||13,560||▼2||33|
|19||Wisconsin||Elver Park $||Madison||12,651||▲5||31|
|20||Ohio||Brent Hambrick Memorial DGC||Westerville||12,612||▼2||31|
|22||Nevada||Mountain Crest||Las Vegas||12,122||▲3||30|
|23||Michigan||Garfield Park||Grand Rapids||11,983||29|
|24||Maine||Sabattus Disc Golf - Hawk $||Sabattus||11,957||Yes||▲7||29|
|25||Washington||Ralph Williamson Memorial Disc Golf Course||Seattle||11,719||Yes||▼5||29|
|26||Virginia||Bayville Park||Virginia Beach||11,553||▼5||28|
|27||Iowa||Grandview Park||Des Moines||11,274||▼2||28|
|28||Maryland||Druid Hill - Legacy||Baltimore||11,051||▲2||27|
|29||Louisiana||City Park DGC||New Orleans||10,996||▼3||27|
|32||Delaware||Bellevue State Park $||Wilmington||10,476||Yes||▲1||26|
|33||Idaho||Ann Morrison Park||Boise||9,639||▲1||24|
|34||Alabama||Brahan Springs Park||Huntsville||9,607||▲3||24|
|35||New York||Ellicott Creek Park||Tonawanda||9,519||▼7||23|
|36||Nebraska||Seymour Smith Park||La Vista||9,438||23|
|39||South Dakota||Jackson Park||Rapid City||7,538||▲2||19|
|41||West Virginia||Valley Park||Hurricane||6,631||▼1||16|
|42||Mississippi||The Rez - Reservoir $||Brandon||6,410||Yes||▲3||16|
|43||Rhode Island||Curtis Corner Athletic Field||South Kingstown||6,091||▼1||15|
|44||Vermont||Brewster Ridge Disc Golf Course $||Cambridge||5,405||13|
|45||New Mexico||Roosevelt Park||Albuquerque||4,786||▼2||12|
|49||North Dakota||Oak Grove Park||Fargo||3,061||▼2||8|
|50||Wyoming||Dry Creek Parkway||Cheyenne||2,299||6|
|51||District of Columbia||Oklahoma Ave Field at RFK Campus||Washington||236||1|