Morningside Park | Ironton, Minn.

Morningside Park | Ironton, Minn.

Disc Golf in the Brainerd Lakes Area

Disc golf (aka Frisbee golf or “frolf”) is one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation, and the Brainerd Lakes Area is a great place to experience it. There are two courses within Brainerd city limits, and a number of neighboring communities also offer disc golf courses for the public to use free of charge. Most are in the immediate vicinity of year-round gas, food and lodging options, so diehard players can make a trip to the area no matter what season.

If you’ve never tried it before, a basic understanding of ball golf will get you a long way in the world of disc golf. Most of the terminology is the same (such as “Fore!”), and there are even specific discs for drives, fairway shots and putts. Read more about the basics of disc golf on the Professional Disc Golf Association’s website, the governing body of the sport with more than 40,000 members.

Another potential reason for the sport’s growth is that, compared to many other outdoor activities, it’s inexpensive. Most professional golf discs cost less than $15, and you can play with as little as one. Once you get a disc, all you need to do is get out and throw. Don’t have a personal practice basket? Finding a course is getting easier, and most don’t charge any sort of fee to use them. Disc Golf Course Review lists more than 4,200 courses on American soil, and more than 85 percent of those are free-to-play courses.

And the Brainerd Lakes Area is no exception. Take a look at all of the area public courses below — all of which cost nothing to enjoy:

Area public disc golf courses

We’ve provided an interactive map of the area’s public courses to help you plan your disc golf road trips:

View Brainerd Lakes Area Disc Golf Courses in a larger map