Disc golf has become a widely recognized and appreciated sport over the years, and for many who like to play, it’s a joy to simply get to the closest course and play a few rounds with friends. However, another great aspect of disc golf – as with normal golf – is that there are wonderful courses at destinations all over the world, which offers players the chance to travel to enjoy their leisure sport. So just for fun, here are three awesome course destinations around the world, and how you can enjoy them.
Dunes – St. Petersburg, Russia
The Dunes disc golf course is not actually in the heart of St. Petersburg, but is located roughly 35 km to the northwest, on the Gulf of Finland. Built in 2009, Yahoo Sports notes that it was the first disc golf course in Russia, and it features a unique and somewhat dramatic design. Sand dunes, pine forests, and the nearby gulf make up the surroundings, and make for challenging but enjoyable conditions. Just don’t go during the freezing cold Russian winter! To further enjoy your trip, the best option is merely to tour St. Petersburg, which is one of the most striking, beautiful cities in the world. The Hermitage Museum is one thing you shouldn’t miss, and goes well beyond the obligatory museum visit in other cities around the world. The Hermitage Museum is one of the biggest and most impressive in the world, and provides a nice relaxing daytime activity when you’re not on the course!
Parc Ignace Bourget – Montreal, Quebec
There’s only one course at Parc Ignace Bourget, and the Disc Golf Scene rates it a B+. However, with the USA dominating the disc golf scene in North America, and with Montreal marking such an incredible destination for travel anyway, we’d still list it among the top courses to visit for travelers. The course has a nice, if standard setup of holes, and is generally not too crowded.
As for what to enjoy in the area, the list is endless! Montreal is an incredible city—like an old world European capital mixed with gorgeous modern touches and infused with fine dining, French culture, and spectacular architecture. For those disc golfers who want a touch more gaming in their trip experience, there’s also a WPT event sponsored by partypoker that takes place there annually, and offers people the chance to participate in a professional poker tournament environment (with high stakes!). But no matter what your activity, Montreal is impossible not to enjoy.
Ryan Ranch – Monterey, California, USA
The U.S. is home to an enormous variety of disc golf courses, and countless options with flawless player ratings. However, Ryan Ranch is one of the best public courses you can find, consisting of 27 holes located just inland of California’s Pacific coast. The course is known to be somewhat challenging, and consists of some tight holes, as well as numerous elevation changes that keep things interesting.
The Monterey area, meanwhile, offers some incredible vacation attractions for your time off the disc golf course. The most notable is the Pebble Beach area, where some of the highest quality golf in the world is played (if you’d like to drop the disc and pick up some clubs). However, the Pacific coastline also offers beautiful beaches and resort areas in and around Monterey. For that matter, the Monterey Aquarium is well worth a visit as well!
Again, disc golf has become an enormously popular activity throughout the world, and these are only a few of many great courses you can visit. But if you’d like to combine your disc golf with a bit of world tourism, these are great options to start with!