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Where to Play Disc Golf in Arkansas


I first discovered disc golf, also called Frisbee golf, when I was in college. I was never skilled at the sport, but it was fun to play with friends and provided a fair amount of exercise. Although I don’t play as much as I used to it is still a great way to spend an afternoon and there are many disc golf courses across Arkansas.

The rules for disc golf are similar to traditional golf. Players start off at a tee and are attempting to strike a target in as few throws as possible. Each hole has a par and each throw of the disc is a stroke. The goal is to finish the course with the least amount of strokes and, if you are lucky, at or under par. Serious players often carry a bag that holds discs of varying weights and sizes and selecting one is akin to choosing between different golf clubs. Disc golf courses are made of nine or 18 holes.

The history of Disc Golf is little muddy, but many credit a group of elementary school kids from Saskatchewan, Canada with the invention in 1926. The boys’ popular playground game was played with metal lids and called “Tin Lid Golf.” Similarly, the first flying disc toy was created by inventor Walter Frederick Morrison after someone offered him and his wife a quarter for a metal popcorn lid they had been tossing around on Los Angeles beach in 1937. The term “Frisbee” wasn’t popularized until the late 1950s when students at Yale University were given metal pie tins to toss around. The tins came from the local Frisbie Pie Company and the co-founder of Wham-O, the company that had recently purchased the rights to Morrison’s design, remarketed the toy as the Frisbee and sales skyrocketed.

You may be surprised to know that there are well over 100 disc golf courses in Arkansas. Some are private and charge greens fees, but many are free and open to the public. Usually, players will have to provide their own discs and a standard Frisbee will work in a pinch. You can find a course close to you by visiting Disc Golf United and we’ve listed several below.

Craighead Forest Disc Golf – Jonesboro

Forest Park Loop #6
Jonesboro, AR 72401

20 Holes
Public Course – No Fee

Disc Side of Heaven – Jonesboro

3255 Strawfloor Dr.
Jonesboro, AR 72404

Private Course – Greens Fees May Apply
Two courses (One beginner and one championship course)

Williams Baptist College Disc Golf – Walnut Ridge

60 West Fulbright Ave.
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

18 Holes
Public Course – No Fee

Harding University – Searcy

Burks Drive
Searcy, AR 72143

18 Holes
Public Course – No Fee

Kerr Station Park – Cabot

1880 Kerr Station Rd
Cabot, AR

18 Holes
Public Course – No Fee

Persimmon Ridge Disc Golf – Greenbrier

1 Fairway Dr.
Greenbrier, AR

18 Holes
Private Course – $5 All Day Play

Mossy Bluff – Heber Springs

700 Heber Springs Rd.
Herber Springs, AR

18 Holes
Private Course – Greens Fees May Apply

Burns Park – North Little Rock

4 Funland Dr.
North Little Rock, AR

Multiple Courses
Public – No Fee

Reservoir Park – Little Rock

8321 Cantrell Rd.
Little Rock, AR

18 Holes
Public – No Fee

Fair Park – Hope

800 S. Mockingbird Ln.
Hope, AR

9 Holes
Public – No Fee

DeGray Lower Lake – Caddo Valley

Lower Dam Pike Rd.
Caddo Valley, AR

18 Holes
Public – No Fee

Old Post Park – Russellville

1500 Lock and Dam Rd.
Russellville, AR

18 Holes
Public – No Fee

Cline Park – Clarksville

Meadow Place and Parkway Dr.
Clarksville, AR

18 Holes
Public – No Fee

North Shore – Fayetteville

1208 E. Lake Fayetteville Rd
Fayetteville, AR

18 Holes
Public – No Fees

Waxhaws Disc Golf – Fayetteville

855 S. Block Ave.
Fayetteville, AR

18 Holes
Private – Greens Fees May Apply

Twin Creeks – Rogers

2300 S. Dixieland
Rogers, AR

18 Holes
Public – No Fee

The Farm – Eureka Springs

1 Blue Heron Lane
Eureka Springs, AR

18 Holes
Private – $10 Fee

Cover photo by Mossy Bluff Disc Golf.

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Julie Kohl works from home as a writer and virtual assistant while raising her young son. A former Yankee who was "converted" to the south by her husband, Julie has grasped on to rural life in a sleepy, blink-your-eyes-and-you'll-miss-it town in central Arkansas. Julie loves adventure. Not necessarily "scare-your-pants-off" adventure but the kind where you seek out new and exciting things. New foods, new places, new experiences. On her blog, Seek Adventures, Julie shares about the outdoor and travel adventures of her family as they camp and standup paddleboard across the South. You can also learn more about her writing on her site Seek Adventures Media.

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4 responses to “Where to Play Disc Golf in Arkansas”

  1. LorieR says:

    There are also disc golf courses in Fort Smith (Ben Geren Regional Park) and Alma.

  2. Lorie Rboertson says:

    There are also disc golf courses in Fort Smith at Ben Geren Park and in Alma.

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