I'm thinking of doing a cross country drive in the next year (if gas prices don't sail through the roof.) I'd love to hit some of the top courses the continental states have to offer. Send me your recommendations and why you love em'. Thanks JJ.
You have to stop by "the ponds" in Ypsilanti, Mi and say hi to Ben and Terry at the Throw Shop (great course too). Other than that in this area I would recomend Rolling Hills just south of Ypsilanti. Rolling hills is just how the name discribes it. Your playing on some beautiful rolling hills half wooded half open. Some very fun shots and no real risk of loosing a disc unless you really shank one on 15.
Other recomendation would be Flip City like Tim said. I haven't personaly played it but have heard a lot about it and its a dream of mine to make it there.
If you make it out to western Michigan, definitely spend some time in Ludington and check out Beauty, Beast, Goliath, three 24 hole courses in one awesome park set on Lake Michigan.
Leviathan is only 10 minutes away, Incredible piece of land for disc golf tucked away back in the woods. Super Challenging with a 800' hole through the woods slightly up hill.. And Flip City is like 1/2 hour down the road.
If you make it out to the East side of the State, I think Hudson Mills would be good to check out. Two Beautiful 24 hole courses in one park.
And Right down the Road is Independence lake With Chuck D Memorial Course.
Which is also close to Ypsi with The Ponds, and Rolling Hills Right there.
If you come out during the month when the AM Nationals course is set up, you definitely have to play it. With the Black Locust in the same park at Kennsington.
Out here in the East side of the state there is camping at Proud Lake State Recreation Area with no more than 20min to 1/2 hour drive between any of these great courses
yea, renny gold and trophy lakes (from the pro tees) are two of the most challenging courses i've ever played. renny gold changed the way i thought about disc golf and what a course can be. and trophy lakes has water everywhere! the only drawback to it IMO is it has NO elevation change. but you can't go wrong playing in charlotte. renny gold, hornet's nest, reedy creek, brackett's bluff (private course that rivals most any course public or private), winthrop right down the road.
North to south...SeaTac in WA : To this day. It is the toughest course I've ever played. It's a course you have to really think about your shot sellection on. You just don't grab a driver off the teepad.
Dexter Park near Eugene, OR: Very tight course, but with multiple shots/routes on many of the holes.
Whistler Bend, Roseburg, OR: IMO if you are going to play any course in WA or OR. This is it! Without a doubt. The most breath taking course I've played. Wow factor of "10"!!!
Stafford Lakes, Novato, CA: BIG arm course. Only course I've ever had the chance to throw over and across a grove of trees. A mountain goat course. So tons of ellavation changes.
Golden Gate Park, San Fran. CA: Gorgious course. Very well maintained. Not the longest, but they did an awesome job fitting a course in the heart of the city. By no means an easy course at all.
De LaVeaga, Santa Cruz, CA. Could use a face lift, but the "top of the world" hole. Makes it worth it. Plus Santa Cruz, is a kick a$$ town to spend the day in.
In Wisconsin, there's Vallarta-Ast (aka Token Creek) - just ask Avery Jenkins about this one. Also, in Northern WI, there's Highbridge. It's a disc golfer's paradise with 4 and half championship courses that are maintained and also has on site camping. Very sweet.
There's a ton of courses in Colorado in the Denver-metro area like Johnny Roberts Memorial, Birds Nest, Badlands... the list goes on. Then up in the mountains there's countless courses that will be a challenge. The Aspen course is annually ranked as one of the best courses, and who wouldn't love to throw a disc a mile down the slope? I think they've got a 1300 foot hole. So sick. Playing at high altitude is the way to be.
Hello to everybody who replied. Thanks for the advice. We will all have to wait till the weather warms up, but once I complete my trip I'll declare a winner lol. Really though, thanks, I'm excited that some people replied because I just started an account on here.
-Good luck on the courses, unless you're playing me. JJ.