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Disc golf combines elements of a traditional round of golf with the fun of tossing a flying disc. Eleven of Idaho’s state parks feature fairways to finesse—allowing visitors to explore the Gem State’s vast beauty and diverse terrain while playing on some of the most spectacular disc golf courses in Idaho.

This 545-acre park is home to a year-round disc golf course that is challenging in all the right ways. The handcart-friendly route provides intermediate-to-advanced players with a mix of open fairway and wooded shots across 19 holes. The course is lined by water and features slight elevation changes.

A disc golf basket with a lake in the background at Eagle Island State Park.
Eagle Island State Park, Eagle. Photo credit: Visit Idaho.

This park’s five, yes five, year-round courses are known for their balanced mix of hole layouts and difficulty. Each course features 18 holes, with one geared toward beginners and children, three in the intermediate-to-advanced range and one highly technical, advanced course designed with professionals in mind.

This charming, intermediate nine-hole course sits along the Snake River and is available to play year-round, although summer access may depend on the park’s mowing schedule. Several holes prompt players to use strategy in avoiding light brush, tree groupings and water hazards.

With 21 holes open all year and various options for approaching play, the course at this state park is easily adjustable to suit a player’s skill level and is a fast favorite for first-time visitors.

A child playing disc golf at Lake Walcott State Park.
Lake Walcott State Park, Rupert. Photo credit: Visit Idaho.

Sandy Point, a hillside section of this scenic state park near Boise, offers a welcoming 18-hole course with changing basket layouts. The park is generally accessible from October through May.

A disc golf basket with mountains in the background at Lucky Peak State Park.
Sandy Point, Lucky Peak State Park, Boise. Photo credit: Visit Idaho.

This challenging, elevated adventure features nine holes available year-round and is best for intermediate-to-advanced players. There are drops and rises, narrow fairways and even several baskets located over ravines at this park. Beginners can get their throws in on an additional junior course.

A woman playing disc golf at Massacre Rocks State Park.
Massacre Rocks State Park, American Falls. Photo credit: Visit Idaho.

Harvey’s Hemlock Hideaway, a disc golf course located in the lovely Priest Lake area, was designed with beginners and families in mind. The nine holes feature scenic views and a mix of open shots and tree coverage. This picturesque location is technically seasonal, but baskets are left out for those willing to brave the elements throughout the year.

Spend the entire day outside on a beautiful 18-hole course. This moderately challenging route along the Snake River incorporates water and can be tricky when it’s windy. The course at this park is accessible year-round despite occasional snow cover.

A woman playing disc golf at Three Island Crossing State Park.
Three Island Crossing State Park, Glenns Ferry. Photo credit: Visit Idaho.

Niagara Springs is one of six units at this renowned state park, where disc golf enthusiasts can find a well-designed course at a higher elevation with a mixture of shots. The play on this 18-hole disc golf course in Idaho leans toward intermediate or advanced, but beginners can also enjoy honing their throws here.

Two people playing disc golf with a lake in the background at the Niagara Springs unit of Thousand Springs State Park.
Niagara Springs, Thousand Springs State Park, Hagerman. Photo credit: Visit Idaho.

Aim for an ace against a backdrop of ancient granite formations at this remarkable state park known for its rock climbing. The small, grassy course here has only three holes, but visitors can also take advantage of nearby scenic picnic areas, as well as hiking and fishing access.

Recently upgraded to 18 holes, the FoxBurrow fairway is found near the Freeman Creek Campground within the 850-acre park. The course allows ample opportunities for intermediate-to-advanced players to show off their skills over shots of differing lengths, inclines and technicality.

Looking for insider tips on visiting Idaho’s state parks? Check out Ranger Talks! This series gives you firsthand tips from the people who know each park inside and out: the rangers.

Find additional resources and check out more activities and adventures you can experience in Idaho State Parks.

Published on March 5, 2024