Disc Golf Flying High in the Region
Disc golf courses and clubs are flying high in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region of Oregon. Courses on the Pacific coast and at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains provide stunning variations in terrain and technical challenges along with incredibly beautiful scenery that only this region of Oregon can offer. The enthusiasm of local clubs, and the number and variety of disc golf courses in the region, make it well-suited for tournaments and events.
Old Mill Disc Golf Course
One of the newer courses in Lane County, the Old Mill Disc Golf Course was established in 2020 and has been a hit with disc golfers from the start. Built to Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) standards, this course is founded on the site of a mid-to-late 20th-century sawmill. The aptly named Old Mill Disc Golf Course has 18 holes. Most of the pins are standard length with some holes having a farther pin for pros. The course winds its way throughout the old sawmill site, incorporating the remains of the land used for manufacturing and the wooded areas surrounding it. There is plenty of variety in the course including open shots, wooded sections, and shots that include elevation change. Each tee box has a sign with historic photos and information about the local timber industry and the sawmill site itself. Tee boxes are topped off with old turf from the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium. Throw in a winding creek, wetlands and charming tree groves and one has a course that is functional and unique. For tournaments and events, there is a parking lot on-site that has room for 20-25 vehicles. If more space or staging is needed, there is an adjacent lot available in the Oakridge Industrial Park.
Home of the Alton Baker Disc Golf Club, the Alton Baker Disc Golf Course is built into a city park just two miles north of the University of Oregon in Eugene. This 18-hole course provides slight elevation and trees, making it challenging for even the most accomplished players. When on the course, one can catch glimpses of nearby Autzen Stadium, Pre’s Running Trail and the local gardens scattered throughout the park. The course has hosted several C-tier events including the Eugene Disc Golf Celebration and the Monster Fall Series.
Westmoreland Disc Golf Course
Found at Westmoreland Park, just two miles west of the University of Oregon, lies the Westmoreland Disc Golf Course. This very accessible, nine-hole course is in a mixed-use city park with some changes in elevation and scattered foliage. If you’re looking for a unique challenge, the right weather conditions make this course to be a muddy yet fun experience.
Found in the popular Clearwater Park in Springfield, this disc golf course spans across 12 acres. The nine-hole course is played next to a beautiful river and is mostly flat and woodsy with a good mix of hole lengths requiring accurate throws. A paved parking area and restrooms are available on-site as well.
Just off I-5 and 20 minutes south of Eugene, is the Cottage Grove Disc Golf Course. Conjoined to North Regional Park, this 19-hole course brings a good variety of holes and obstacles to the table. Most of the pins have multiple locations, allowing the course to change periodically to create different challenges. With both wooded and open holes, holes that have water hazards and even an island hole, this course gives a different experience to each player. Concrete tee pads, well-maintained fairways and open and tight throws help for different types of throwers. Experienced players will find it a unique individual challenge. Known to locals as “The Grove”, this course was created through the partnership of dedicated volunteers, Cottage Grove Disc Golf Club members and the City of Cottage Grove.
PDGA Event Courses
These disc golf courses were chosen to host the 2023 PDGA Tim Selinske U.S. Masters Championships. This competition offers qualified, aged-based players the opportunity to compete for a national PDGA title. Some of the best disc golfers in the country will be making their way to the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region to experience some of the best courses the region has to offer.
The Stewart Pond Disc Golf Course is just five miles west of the University of Oregon. This 18-hole public course is in a Bureau of Land Management natural area with a good mix of both wooded and open holes. There is a variety of up-and-down elevation changes throughout and while the course layout is easy to navigate, players will still be challenged.
At Dexter Lake, just twenty minutes west of Eugene, is the Dexter Park Disc Golf Course. This 18-hole course offers a good mix of long open holes and narrow wooded ones. With many elevation changes, no two holes are the same and the course is challenging for all skill levels. With ample parking and a great view of the lake when you arrive, the Dexter Park Disc Golf Course has everything to make for a rich Oregon disc golf experience.
With 18-20 well-manicured holes through dense forest, the Camp Serene Disc Golf Course features a good mix of open field and technical woods play. On the course, players enjoy a pond, creek and even a river that comes into play on a few holes. The tee pads are cement with a gridded pattern to improve grip and the trails flow between holes and along the fairways. This unique course also offers bathrooms, tent camping and cabins on-sight.
Circle Bar Golf Club
An already popular golf course, the Circle Bar Golf Club is ready to make room for disc golfers as well. Circle Bar Golf Course is a picturesque golf course that boasts a 9-hole layout that challenges both beginners and experienced golfers alike. But for disc golfers, this venue hosts the annual Mountain Town Throwdown and in the summer of 2023 will host the PDGA Tim Selinske U.S. Masters Championships. Players will enjoy the beautiful valley setting and finish up their rounds by enjoying the pro shop. Events can also take advantage of their banquet room with a wonderful view.
The Eugene, Cascades and Coast region’s numerous and varied disc golf courses highlight local interest in the sport and demonstrate how the region is well-suited for future disc golf tournaments. The excitement for the continued growth of the sport is evident in the enthusiasm of local clubs.
Contact us today and we will help you develop your next disc golf event in our beautiful region of Oregon.