Over 80% of Colorado’s population lives near the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, in cities like Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Aurora. Thankfully for disc golfers, there are plenty of courses to choose from, with a wide selection of free and pay-to-play areas to escape the crowd and enjoy a round outdoors.
With over 200 courses statewide, Coloradans are never far from an opportunity for frisbee golf, including many areas suitable for all skill levels. From the heart of Colorado’s capital city, here are some of the best disc golf courses within a short driving distance from Denver.
Ken Caryl DGC – Littleton
Need a quick round of high-quality disc golf near Denver? The Ken Caryl Disc Golf Course, in Littleton, is one of the best spots to get a quick FROLF fix. Featuring just 9 par-3 holes in a beautiful shaded park setting, this course is well suited for both first-timers and seasoned experts.
Above all, Ken Caryl DGC is a free, child-friendly course in the Denver area that the entire family can enjoy. After playing the course, visitors can also take advantage of the adjacent tennis court as well as the soccer and baseball fields.
Johnny Roberts DGC – Arvada
As one of the longest-standing and most popular courses in Colorado, Johnny Roberts DGC is a must-play for anyone interested in the sport. Featuring short but interesting challenges, well-maintained facilities, and a scenic creek, Johnny Roberts DGC will keep players of all skill levels entertained throughout all 18 holes.
Part of a larger city park, Johnny Roberts visitors are welcome to enjoy the disc golf course, skatepark, and playground completely free of charge. The course is conveniently located just a few blocks from Arvada‘s Old Town, which has plenty of dining options for a stop before or after your visit.
Badlands & Hylands DGC – Federal Heights
For avid disc golfers in the Denver area, few spots are as convenient as Camenisch Park. Featuring both the Badlands and Hylands (also known as Lower Badlands) areas, Camenisch Park offers a total of 36 unique holes split between the two free 18-hole courses.
Set on a hill in Federal Heights, disc golfers in Camenisch Park are subject to frequent elevation changes but are rewarded with great views of the city skyline. There are portable restrooms on-site and non-golfers can also enjoy the park’s open spaces, skatepark, baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic area, and playground.
Adams Hollow DGC – Brighton
Northeast of Denver, Brighton’s Adams Hollow Disc Golf Course is a moderately challenging destination for a fun round of FROLF. The course is laid out well, very easy to follow, and fairly flat compared to some of Colorado’s more physically and conceptually challenging courses.
With many long straightaways, Adams Hollow is a great place to practice your driving skills. For a fun mix of shots, the course also features a few areas with heavy brush and tree obstacles. Adamas Hollow DGC’s 18 holes are free to play and have a portable restroom and water near the parking lot.
Fehringer Ranch Park DGC – Morrison
Fehringer Ranch Park. Photo: ifoothills.org…
On the east side of Morrison, the Fehringer Ranch Park DGC is a highly-rated course with easy access from Littleton, Englewood, and downtown Denver. Located in the scenic foothills of Jefferson County, this free, 18-hole course offers a fun mix of challenges amid distant mountain views.
Unlike a lot of local courses, Fehringer Ranch Park offers mostly open spaces with minimal trees. While this is great for long-distance shots, players should also come prepared for minimal shade coverage and potentially windy conditions.
Fairview DCG – Boulder
In South Boulder, the Fairview DCG is a free, beginner-friendly course located in the Harlow Platts Community Park. Featuring 9 holes, Fairview offers two different baskets per hole, labeled by color, which allow players to shoot to their comfort level.
Throughout the short course, players are treated to excellent views of the Flatirons and bathrooms are available on-site. For the full experience, many players will choose to circle the course twice, shooting at the red baskets first and then the gold baskets for a more challenging back nine.
Flatirons DGC – Boulder
Flatirons Disc Golf Course. Photo: City of Boulder Parks and Recreation
Introduced in 2019, the new Flatirons Disc Golf Course has quickly become one of Boulder’s most popular frisbee golf areas. The course is located on the same grounds as the city’s Flatirons Golf Course and a fee is required to play. For an additional fee, players may also rent golf carts, if they are available.
Before visiting the Flatirons Disc Golf Course, players are highly encouraged to determine whether or not a tee time is available for the day.
WonderVu DGC – Golden
Wondervu covered in snow. Photo: Wondervu Disc Golf Course
About a half-hour drive from the center of Golden via Coal Creek Canyon, the WonderVu Disc Golf Course is a beautifully maintained area with panoramic mountain views to match. WonderVu is a paid course on private land, with both day and season passes available in the pro shop.
Hosting casual disc golfers and competitive tournaments since 2015, WonderVu is a challenging course with a wide variety of shots and a significant amount of hiking required. Tee times can be booked in advance, with current contact information available online.
East Interlocken DGC – Broomfield
Located roughly halfway between Denver and Boulder, the East Interlocken Disc Golf Course is a great place to shoot nine holes year-round. The course is free to the public but beware of its water hazards and vegetation, which have a reputation for frequently causing players to lose discs.
Each hole at the East Interlocken Disc Golf Course is tight and technical, which makes it interesting for both experienced players and those simply learning the sport. The course is well maintained and visitors are welcome to make use of the park’s restrooms and picnic area.
Bailey DGC – Bailey
Ranked the 25th best in the world, the Bailey Disc Golf Course is another world-class experience under an hour from Denver. The Bailey DGC requires a minimal fee and features 21 holes across a rugged landscape with epic views and interesting shots. Made up of lengthy holes and frequent elevation changes, Bailey DGC is typically played by experienced disc golfers.
The course is open year-round, but may be closed due to cattle grazing or inclement weather. Bailey is also home to another world-class course (ranked #27th in the world on the same list) reserved for private play only: Bear Mountain. To play, interested visitors can contact the owner to learn more about course availability, fees, and directions.
Beaver Ranch DGC – Conifer
DISCatcher at Beaver Ranch. Photo: Beaver Ranch Disc Golf Course
Located roughly 40 minutes from Denver and open daily, with limited hours, Colorado’s highest-ranking disc golf course awaits players in the scenic hills of Conifer. Currently claiming the title of the 11th best DCG in the world, the Beaver Ranch Disc Golf Course is the absolute premier destination for action in a picturesque Rocky Mountain setting.
Privately owned, the Beaver Ranch DGC has a daily fee for play, and season passes can also be purchased on-site. Players have their shot at 63 total baskets spread across two separate courses, and visitors can expect a bit of a workout while traversing the area’s terrain. On-site, there is a fully-stocked pro shop and opportunities for camping and ziplining.
West Creek DGC – Parker
West Creek Disc Golf Course. Photo: Parker Parks and Recreation
In Parker, the West Creek Disc Golf Course offers a professional-length disc golf experience across 18 free, well-maintained holes. A great chance to practice long-distance drives, West Creek DGC is a fun choice for players of all experience levels. Facilities include bathrooms, picnic tables, and water available on-site.
Village Greens DGC – Greenwood Village
Village Greens Disc Golf Course. Photo: City of Greenwood Village, Colorado Government
An easy commute from Denver or Aurora, the Village Greens Disc Golf Course is a convenient spot for a free round of frisbee golf across the street from Cherry Creek State Park. Challenging, but not overly difficult, Village Greens is ideal for beginners and occasionally active players looking for 18 holes of outdoor fun. Restrooms are available near the first tee.
Arapahoe Basin DGC – Dillion
A-Basin Disc Golf. Photo: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
In the winter, Arapahoe Basin is a notoriously fun spot for skiing and snowboarding with a season that often extends well into the spring. Once the snow has melted, guests can still enjoy A-basin’s dramatic national forest land while exploring the ski area’s 20-hole disc golf course. The Arapahoe Basin Disc Golf Course is free to play and open seven days per week in season.
Players can expect to walk about 2 miles during a full round, with occasionally dramatic elevation changes that can be challenging in the summer heat. Players of all skill levels are welcome, as every hole is a par 3, with some technical shots required.
Located about an hour and fifteen minutes from Denver, A-Basin’s disc golf course features excellent views of the continental divide and surrounding mountings. Parking is free in the resort’s lot and the course begins and ends near the small base area. Here, restrooms, water, food, and drink are typically available during summer weekends.
Cottonwood Creek DGC – Colorado Springs
In Northern Colorado Springs, the Cottonwood Creek DGC is one of the area’s best public courses available for a free day of FROLF. The course navigates through 22 wooded holes, loaded with tree-lined shots designed with players of all abilities in mind.
As a par 3, 18 hole course, Cottonwood Creek is very compact and visitors can expect to see many other guests enjoying the park. The course is family-friendly, with restrooms, picnic facilities, a playground, and more located in the adjacent Cottonwood Creek Park.
The Aviary DGC – Colorado Springs
For another great round on the other side of town, The Aviary is one of the best frisbee golf courses near Colorado Springs. Located along Fountain Creek, adjacent to El Pomar Youth Sports Park, The Aviary is free to play and features 18 par 3 holes of various lengths.
Although it is not typically as well kept as private courses, the Aviary DGC still ranks as one of the best courses in the area with a wide variety of technical shots, unique challenges, and scenic views. Restrooms are available on-site and visitors are encouraged to bring bug spray during the summer and fall.
Peak One DGC – Frisco
Peak One. Photo: Frisco Disc Golf
Open seasonally in the beautiful town of Frisco, the Peak One DGC is one of the best opportunities for frisbee golf in Summit County. Composed of 27 challenging holes, Peak One is simultaneously beginner-friendly and extremely challenging as it is filled with plenty of short technical shots. Located in the Frisco Adventure Park, Peak One is free to play, when in season.
Stationed at over 9,000 feet in elevation, visitors are treated with dramatic views of Lake Dillon and its surrounding mountain peaks. If you’re looking for another round of disc golf in the greater Breckenridge area, head to the Dillon Disc Golf Course. Owned by the town of the same name, the DDGC offers tremendous scenery and challenging play year-round.
Cumberland Green (Jimmy Camp) DGC – Fountain
If you’re looking for a truly beginner-friendly frisbee golf course near Colorado Springs, we recommend the Cumberland Green Disc Golf Course, also known as Jimmy Camp DCG. As a short course full of interesting par 3’s, pros can practice their putting while amateurs have their choice between multiple baskets per hole.
Disc golf basket at sunset. Photo: Les Stockton
Inspired to head out for a round of frisbee golf? Of course, these courses are just a small selection of the many great disc golf opportunities available near Colorado’s largest metro areas. For a few more high-quality courses around the state, feel free to check out our blog on the best disc golf courses in Colorado.