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The chart at this link shows which states have the most disc golf courses nearest to the most residents. Bigger courses count for more, but it does not take into account quality of courses, or disc golf culture or anything else. However, I'd say it makes clear that the best state must be one of: Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, or Minnesota.
OK sorry Iowa haters, I am going to have to step up to defend my home state here. Clearly some folks have not played much disc golf in Iowa. Per capita has more courses than any other state, that in itself should put Iowa in the conversation on this topic. Now, I admit about half of those courses are like the stereotypes perpetuated here in this thread, and probably not worth the trip. But that still leaves a ton of really good courses.
In particular Des Moines, Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, and Quad Cities areas each have a number of outstanding courses with lots of natural beauty and plenty of challenging woods and elevation and water hazards. Walnut Ridge (DM area), Wildcat Bluff (CR area), West Lake (QC area), and Camden 2 (QC, on IL side) always get outstanding reviews from out-of-state golfers. And each of those areas has multiple leagues, very active clubs, and dedicated disc golf retailers.
How about history? Tourist Park in Waterloo/Cedar Falls area was one of the earliest permanent courses in the country (1976, by Ed Headrick). PDGA Worlds were held in Iowa twice, 1989 and 2004, one of only three states to host Worlds in two different cities (TX and OH are the others).
You like tourneys? Read some comments about the First Class Challenge A-Tier in Des Moines last weekend: http://www.dgcoursereview.com/forums/showthread.php?p=862973#post86...
"I've played a fair amount of large events in PDGA and tons of Southern Nationals events. I can't think of another event that comes close to delivering like this one. It's pretty amazing when four courses are in play and the folks in Advanced tell you that shooting around 60 is good golf. I've seen an event highlight one challenging course, but not FOUR....These courses were each unique in their own way, but the one aspect that really stood out was that they were all FAIR. A hole may be very challenging but the course designers didn't feel the need to make them stupid hard or lucky in order to achieve the challenge....Courses rocked...Corey Philips recommended I play Wildcat Bluff. I did today and it is unreal. Iowa Disc Golf is impressive..."
"Ok, All 4 courses I played - incredible, very challenging, beautiful, well laid out. One of the top concentrations of DG I've been. From what I've seen of the country I'd put Des Moines 2nd next to Charlotte. I don't know if I can pick a favorite, they were all great."
"I talked with George Smith quite a bit in the last few weeks about this tournament, and he was certain that I'd love all the courses up there. He also mentioned quite a few times that it was among his all time favorites for out of town tournaments to travel to - up there with the USDGC and the Majestic in terms of events that he wouldn't miss. I really did love all the courses....Could the courses have been more entertaining? If that was possible, I haven't seen a better set of 4 courses played in a big tournament."
Best state..depends on your state of mind.If you really enjoy the dg scene happening in your state,you're already there.
Florida is an all year play, more dgcourses are going in ground with variety challenges,terrain is no longer flat land.Old ball courses are being recycled to fit dg play,Sarasota Sky Pilots use Bobby Jones excutive ball course for their annual Pro/Ams tourney,15th yr,.The brick/mortar & online dg stores are keeping abreast of the needs of their local disc golfers and out of state customers.
As DPS mentioned when traveling ,take note of your surroundings.Post your negative/positive results,we just might find that the nirvana state is our own backyard.hit chains ;>}
Hey Joshua, greetings. I am from Iowa City, mostly I golf in eastern Iowa, once in awhile DM area. When I travel for business or family vacations I try courses in other parts of the country, and I've enjoyed some really great ones for sure (Maple Hill in MA, Seneca Creek in MD, Diamond X in MT would be among my faves), but a lot of the courses I have seen elsewhere just reinforce my appreciation of Iowa disc golf. Still have a lot to see, have not played Mpls MN or Charlotte NC areas for instance, so I look forward to checking out some of the recommendations others may put in this thread!
awesome response... you from Wisco cause I am and absoloutely love the scene around here
the courses in the denver area are alright, there was snow when i was there so the mtn courses were closed, which was fine tho cause i spent a few days boarding in breck. I really didnt like the whole state wide club thing with no small local clubs though and the rest of the state is flat and boring so i say no to CO for disc golf.
Johnny Roberts Memorial was really fun though
of course this discussion will be biased, i still like to see what kind of responses i get and also enjoy seeing the dgers who really pride themselves on the success of their respective states in making disc golf bigger and better
i believe no matter what formula you or ratings system devise and use there will always be different results based on certain variables. These discussions for me are just a fun way to hear from different people in different parts of the country give their perspective on where it is best to live and be a dger.