Best Disc Golf Courses in Abilene
A few years ago, I started playing disc golf – a game played like golf, but with plastic discs and baskets instead of balls and holes. From the very first throw I made, I was hooked. Since then, I have made it a point to play at least once a week if not more. It’s fun, it’s free, and you can enjoy the game with tons of friends and family. Even my Dad, who’s pushing 60, comes out with us on Sundays to “throw a round of plastic”. In Abilene, there are several courses to play on, so let’s take a look at the best disc golf courses in Abilene.
Cal Young Park
Cal Young is the first disc golf course in Abilene and the first park I ever played at. The first time I played, I think I got like a 20 over par. Since then, my best is a -3 under par. The course itself is an 18 hole course that is pretty flat and open, but there are several holes surrounded by trees to make it pretty challenging. After you get through the first 9 holes, the creek comes into play which makes holes 11, 12, and 13 a little more difficult. In fact, I have lost a ton of discs in that creek. All in all, Cal Young is a cool course to play on, plus, there are also several tournaments they hold there as well. Check out the links below for the park location and information on some tournaments.
Wildcat Disc Golf Course
Built in 2009 and located on the ACU campus, Wildcat Disc Golf course is a 9 hole course with one of them being the longest hole in Abilene at 650 feet. It also sports one of the highest elevated tee boxes in town that overlooks the Abilene skyline. The layout is good with several slopes and hills. Heck, even if you're not playing, you can still get out there and trudge the hills and slopes for a little exercise. Check out the links below for course location and their Facebook page.
Will Hair Park
At Will Hair Park sits a 9 hole disc golf course that is not only fun to play, but the scenery is really cool too. There are lots of trees, small hills and a creek that all come into play...especially the creek. Hole 6 is a par 3 368 foot hole that faces the creek, and, yes, you have to throw over it. If you don't have the distance, you will throw it into the creek. I suggest you short throw it to give yourself a chance if you are just a beginner. Otherwise, let it rip and see if you can make it over. If you want to make sure you get 18 holes in, you have to play it twice, or you can do what we do and combine it together with ACU. Follow the links below for more information on Will Hair Park.
Newman Park in Sweetwater
Located in Sweetwater, Texas, this course offers up 18 holes to throw. I have not played this course, but only because I didn't know it existed until now. From what I understand, there are many slopes and some pretty wicked trees to throw around, not to mention a winding creek. On one of the tee boxes, there is a huge tree directly in front of it that has to be challenge to drive around. The course itself looks to be pretty secluded and has a very promising layout. I will have to check this one out. Follow the link below for the location of Newman Park.
Johnson Park at Lake Fort Phantom
Johnson Park out at Lake Fort Phantom is the newest course in the area. Fortunately, the lake does not come into play with this course. However, several trees and cactus may make for a long game - especially if you lose a disc in the cactus. I suggest you take one of those long reach pick-up grippers because the cactus may bite ya if you're not careful.
You can always buy a disc and put that bad boy in your backyard, especially if you can't find the time to get to one of these courses, or just need the practice. If you're new to disc golf and need some information how to play, what discs to use, or what basket to get for your own backyard, check out the links below.