Boulder Disc Golf
Little known fact: Boulder has a thriving, passionate disc golf community. If you're a player or want to pick up a fun and social new activity, this is the place. The city's two disc golf courses made the list of top disc golf destination courses in the entire United States, and one of the highest-rated disc golfers in the world, Eagle McMahon, is from Boulder.
Energizing views of the Flatirons, many a bluebird day and mild winters make Boulder an ideal place to try this highly addictive and growing sport. All you need are a few discs, which you can find at the local shops we mention below. Plus, they're light and easy to fit in a suitcase.
Where to Play Disc Golf in Boulder
This 18-hole course starts on a hill, moves onto a flat prairie, follows a gully and finishes on groomed grass, all with spectacular views. Dogs are allowed and restrooms are available.
You may come across a few small cacti on the grounds of the first seven holes at the Valmont Disc Golf Course, so wear sturdy-soled shoes.
This scenic nine-hole course has some slight elevation changes and technical shots. It is a mixed-use public park with picnic tables, tennis, pickleball and playgrounds. Dogs are allowed and restrooms are available.
Who Is Eagle Wynne McMahon?
Boulder's own disc golf prodigy went pro at just 13 years of age. A decade later, he's one of the most accomplished players in the history of the sport. He grew up playing the Harlow Platts Disc Golf Course in Boulder with his dad, also a formidable disc golf player. Hear the touching story of how Eagle and his dad connected over disc golf after the loss of his mother in the short film below.
Where to Get Discs
Shop for a new disc while you're in Boulder at these local hot spots.
Run by a longtime disc golf devotee, #9908 Disc Golf Sports Center of Boulder is where locals go to talk shop and gaze at the disc golf memorabilia on the walls. There are thousands of discs to choose from and expertise from a local lover of the sport.
Within its 18 departments, you'll find a solid selection of outdoor gear and apparel, including a variety of discs. McGuckin's is a local favorite for its variety of goods and old-school customer service, so if you aren't careful, you might leave with much more than just a disc or two!
A nationwide chain that’s locally owned and operated, you’ll experience a neighborly atmosphere with no frills but plenty of hidden gems in the racks, including discs that start around 10 bucks.
Beloved by Boulder's outdoor-loving community, this second-hand gear shop has discs for sale from time to time. Call beforehand to check and the super-friendly staff will let you know if they have any in stock.