There is so much to do in a Jackson Hole summer! So I’m here to tell you why you should add DISC GOLF to your list. (The photo above is me.)
Let me start out by saying, I LOVE DISC GOLF. Growing up in Ohio playing many sports, I found a passion for disc golf late in high school. I loved playing ball golf, but green’s fees limited how much I could play. Therefore, disc golf was a natural fit – it’s free to play, can be played solo or with a group, it’s outside, and great exercise.
I founded a course in my hometown of Pickerington, OH, as well in my college of Ada, OH. So naturally once moving to Jackson about 10 years ago, I still had a drive for the sport. Being out West, there were so many other outdoor adventures and exploring that took precedence. Disc golf took the backburner in Teton County (as I feel it does for many), until early last summer 2015 when the Jackson Hole Disc Golf Club completely redesigned the course. After years of pushing for a course expansion and re-design, we finally raised enough money to fund the remaining 8 baskets to make a complete 18 hole course. Bridger Teton National Forest approved our re-design, and the grounds crew at JHMR helped install and maintain the course.
If my excitement for the sport doesn’t convince you to play, maybe some of the reasons below will:
•It only takes 1-1.5 hours to play 18 holes
•It’s outside. Chances for wildlife spotting are high
•It’s “hiking with a purpose”
•It brings out some inner competitiveness
•Play alone or with a large group of friends
•As a beginner, throwing skills get exponentially better after the first several rounds
•Who doesn’t like throwing frisbees?!
•The sport can be super casual or super serious
•It’s great exercise – especially in Teton Village (you gain close to 500 vertical feet)
•And of course – IT’S GREAT FUN!
The disc golf course in Teton Village has been around since the early 2000s. At the beginning of the 2015 summer, the Jackson Hole Disc Golf Club completely re-designed the course, creating a more diversified 18 hole course. The course has short 150′ holes, long downhill 550′ holes, tight shots through trees, and wide open holes. The new course starts on the access road from the Cody Lot towards the Ropes Course, just looker’s right of tram tower 1. Holes 1-4 are a good warm up for the lengthier holes as you start climbing Lower Tramline and Gros Ventre. Several of the holes, including 5, 9, 11, and 12 aren’t very long distance-wise, but gain 75+ feet of elevation, adding a challenge to your throwing arm.
As the summer progresses, the course will be seeing some improvements. Permanent metal tee signs will be installed in the next week or so. Tee pads will be flattened, and hopefully, rubber tee pads will be placed to help foot traction on the drive. Trash cans and recycling bins are in great central locations near hole 8 and 14. Tall grass will be mowed and weed-wacked to cut down on lost discs.
For any questions or more information, please refer to our webpage at www.jacksonhole.com/disc-golf.html.
Regular updates can be found on our Facebook page and cool disc golf photos can be found on our Instagram account.
Oh, and don’t miss our weekly Doubles Tournament – WEDNESDAYS AT 6PM. Meet at hole #2 basket.
See you on the course!
Here’s a scorecard if you don’t know the layout.