July 27, 2017

Disc Golf Takes Off in Calaveras County

Posted : June 12, 2013

Disc golf in Calaveras County

Everything you need to know about the area’s five beautiful courses

Golf enthusiasts of another kind have a reason to flock to Calaveras County now.  Disc golf courses—or Frisbee golf as some know it—are popping up all over the county, giving outdoor enthusiasts yet another reason to come to the area for an extended stay.

For those not in the know, disc golf is just like traditional golf with birdies, pars and bogeys, minus the clubs, carts and special shoes.  And instead of hitting golf balls, you throw specialized Frisbees or “discs” toward a designated target in as few throws as possible.  Disc golf courses, which tend to be in beautiful outdoor spaces and parks, even follow the standard 9-hole or 18-hole configuration. That’s the gist, but there’s plenty more to know about the game.  For a full explanation, including rules, check out the Professional Disc Golf Association site.

So, you want to play?

Perfect for groups of friends, families and even couples, disc golf is a fun and affordable way to explore the area’s parks and natural spaces.  Like traditional golf, you may be on the course for a good chunk of the day. Pack a cooler and be prepared with snacks and plenty of beverages…errr, water.

Need discs before you go?  Sierra Nevada Adventure Company (SNAC) in Murphys and Arnold sells a variety of options.  A small upfront investment for a few discs is all it takes to have a free outdoor activity option not only on Calaveras County’s five great courses, but in other great locales all over the country.

Calaveras County Disc Golf Courses

Calaveras County Disc Golf Courses

  • New Hogan Reservoir in Valley Springs:  Offers two 18-hole courses with rolling hills, gorgeous oaks, challenging holes and great views of the reservoir.  Day use fee $4.  Overnight camping also available. Best time to play:  Year-round, October thru May if you prefer cooler weather.  Getting thereHeading east on Highway 12, turn right at CA-26W. Continue onto Hogan Dam Road.  Turn left onto New Hogan Parkway. Continue into Fiddleneck Day Use Area.
  • Feeney Park in Murphys:  Tree-studded 18-hole course close to downtown Murphys’ restaurants, shops and over 20+ wineries.  Best time to play:  Year-round.  Getting there: Heading east on CA-4, turn right onto Pennsylvania Gulch Road.  Feeney Park is immediately on the right behind Michelson Elementary School.  Course maps available at SNAC on Main Street Murphys.
  • White Pines near Arnold:  Brand new 9-hole course dotted with pine trees and conveniently located next to White Pines Lake and the Arnold Rim Trail for added recreational opportunities.  Best time to play:  March thru November (year-round depending on snowfall). Getting there:  Heading east on CA-4, turn left onto Blagen Road in Arnold.  Follow Blagen Road to White Pines Lake.  Course begins at far end of the lake.
  • Rick’s Revenge in Bear Valley:  Scenic and wooded 18-holer situated at over 7,000 feet.  Best time to play: June thru October (depending on snowfall).  Getting there: Heading east on CA-4, turn left on to Bear Valley Road.  Course maps available at Bear Valley Adventure Company (first building on left).


Photos: Josh Bridges

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  1. Thankyou for bringing this fun, family and competitive sport to Calaveras County. Now we need to work on Tuolumne County. I heard there might be “one ” in Twain Harte. Looking into it! Lived in Santa Cruz for a few years and this sport became one of our most cherished family times together.


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