Down River Disc Golf


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What:  This is a free sport of skill that is a very good excuse for walking in the forest. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, that is slightly smaller and heavier than a frisbee. The sport was formalized in the 1970's, and shares with "ball golf" the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the "hole". The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole HoleŽ an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket and the hole is completed. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won't need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad "tee time." It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.
You can do this with one disk, but it is good to have a driver with ability to be thrown long range, a putter with stability, and a midrange disc that compromises between distance and stability. When you are beginning, you can just buy one mid-range disk and it will work fine, until you need that extra edge to get par or beat your partner. I've found the players to be very friendly and helpful when it comes to new players. This sport is very addictive as it is really fun to engage in. The course is the opposite of a golf course in that there is not much of a prepared surface as the air is the medium of travel. The course is trails through a beautiful forest. The holes average about 300 feet in distance. Some are easy and some have hazards like the river. The main thing I like about this sport is that it is not dangerous, but does provide mental and physical challenges constantly, and you are outdoors.

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Click here for a map of the DownRiver course at Riverside State Park in Spokane

Click here for a map of the Highbridge Park course at Spokane near Hangman Creek's entrance into the Spokane River

Click here for a map of the Sunnyside Disc Golf Course Map in Pullman

Click here for a scorecard


Spokane Disc Golf Association (SDGA)
Gordy Crafts  509-363-1056
Steve Simmons  509-838-4331


DOWNRIVER COURSE: From downtown Spokane go towards TJ Meenach bridge on Northwest Blvd like you are going to Spokane Falls Community College, but don't cross the bridge. Take the right turn just before the bridge crossing that goes north along the Spokane river into Riverside Park. You only go about a mile before you see a parking lot that could hold 20 cars at most. Park there and walk over the hump to the first hole.

HIGHBRIDGE COURSE: From downtown Spokane take Riverside West down the long hill under Browne's Addition, to just past People's Park take A Street left and go up the hill to the parking. Looking uphill on A Street go into the fireroad entrance on left and take a right looking on pavement for paint for tee#1 and look uphill for the basket.

SUNNYSIDE COURSE: From Spokane take US-195 South 70 miles to Pullman. Continue on Davis Way going .9 miles. Davis Way becomes NW Davis Way, go .8 miles more. Turn right on WaWaWai-Pullman Rd and go .2 miles. Turn left of W Main St and go .1 mile. Turn right on SW Cedar St and go .1 mile. Arrive at 147 Cedar St in Pullman.

For local equipment:
Steve Simmons

 Cautions:  Watch where your disc goes so as to not lose your disk in heavy brush.

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