Frisbee Flyin’ Fun

by Kory Otterberg | September 11, 2017
Family Friendly Nature & Recreation

Disc golf is the perfect combination of tossing a frisbee, playing a round of golf, and hiking. Spearfish boasts two amazing courses that both add its own challenges and breathtaking views. If you are looking for things to do while in Spearfish, disc golf is a great option.

Black Hills State University is home to the oldest course in Spearfish which recently went through a makeover. This 18-hole course is well maintained by the University staff with neatly mowed “fairways”, but sneaks in a number of course hazards that will challenge you, as you work your way through the course. Because this course is on the University campus, you should always be on the watch for pedestrians walking to class. These students keep you on your toes as you are looking to start your drive. Water hazards also offer a challenge as there are small ponds and a stream going through the middle of the campus. You can read more about the BHSU Course here.

As a disclaimer, the BHSU Disc Golf Course runs through the two sport practice fields. But the course is prepared for this, as well. Alternative holes are available for you to avoid landing in the middle a football scrimmage.

Next, is the Spearfish Canyon Course. This 27-hole course has become a main staple for disc golf fans from the area and for travelers from all over. Spearfish Canyon Disc Golf Course includes some great hiking with over 300 feet of elevation change – with the highest elevation topping out at 4018 feet. There are many unique features, including a 27-spot practice putting green and four hanging baskets suspended from Black Hills pine trees.

With this course getting a 4.2-point rating out of a possible 5 on the Professional Disc Golf Association website, the course is highly sought by disc golf enthusiasts.

“Outstanding course; if you’re in the neighborhood, don’t pass up the chance to play this one.”
“I got more out of this course than I expected. It’s naturally very beautiful-full of impressive trees and rocky overhangs. You climb up and down the Black Hills and get a nice workout at the same time. For me it was fairly challenging with a nice combination of open fairways and baskets obscured by a cluster of trees as well as the challenge of a few steep hills.” 

For more information on the Canyon Course, click here.

Discs may be purchased at multiple locations around town such as the BHSU Bookstore on campus, as well as their downtown location at the Jacket Zone retail shop, Rushmore Mountain Sports and others. So, whether you have your own discs or you want to start a new hobby, Spearfish is a great place to enjoy the sport. 

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