Combining the basic concepts of Frisbee throwing and golf, disc golf is a fun summer activity for the entire family. It just so happens the Eastside is one of the best locations for it in the state.
Northwest University, Kirkland
This shorter course offers nine holes and is located on the Northwest University campus in Kirkland. There are many different levels to choose from, making it an excellent option for beginners. Its location and isolation from the noise of the city also make it an ideal course for a day out with the family or an afternoon date.
Juel Community Park, Redmond
Located in picturesque Redmond, Juel Community Park Disc Golf Course offers 18 holes with multiple types of baskets to practice different techniques. With lots of open space, this course is good for groups with varied experience. An added bonus for families, Juel Community Park also offers hiking trails and a baseball field.
Seatac DGC, Seatac
Seatac DGC is the course for disc golfers seeking a challenge. Offering 18 holes through wooded fairways, this course will separate the casual disc golfer from the committed one. This course is located under the flight path of Seatac Airport, which offers a little added excitement.
Lakewood King County Park, Seattle
Though this course isn’t on the Eastside, Lakewood King County Disc Golf Club is one of the most popular in the area. The pro disc golf shop Chainbangers is located nearby and makes it the perfect hangout for disc golf enthusiasts. “Our course is one of the better maintained ones, very pretty. We get tons of brand-new players, so it is a good place to come throw,” says owner Keith Lionetti.
If you’re looking for lessons and equipment, Chainbangers, named after the slang term for avid disc golfers, is worth checking out. The pro shop offers lessons and even assistance in designing your own disc golf course. “We start by going over the basics such as etiquette, rules, how to play the game. Then we delve deeper into types of discs and shots, such as putting and upshots. After we master those, we move on to the course and start working on driving,” Lionetti says. “We can work on introductory stuff or refining technique. It’s an amazing sport, and once you get into disc golfing, you get really passionate about it.”
For more information, visit chainbangers.com.