In the mountains of Utah, disc golf is growing as an inexpensive, easy-to-learn pastime that can be played by young and old. A round of nine or 18 holes gets you up and into the meadows and trees around the state’s ski and snowboard resorts.
Here’s a look a few disc course setups of note around Utah:
Early into disc golf, Solitude Mountain Resort’s 18-hole course starts at top of Sunrise lift – either a half-hour hike up or a $10 chair ride (Fridays-Sundays). Layout mostly tracks ski runs in and out of the woods. Signature hole: No. 18 that tees off at top of Main Street run and drops 400 feet vert and 1,200 feet in length back into the village.
For disc-ers seeking a more mountain course, Cherry Peak fits the bill. Ride up in a modified ATV ($5 a person). All 18 holes head downhill – 500 vert -- and terrain is rugged and often steep but out of the trees, for the most part.
For families with youngsters, the gentle nine-holer at Snowbasin is right up their alley. No summiting of peaks or crossing of streams here; in fact, players need to ride a lift to get to the course. It all starts and ends at the base lodge.
Down south, there’s another modest nine-hole layout at Eagle Point. Modest terrain lends itself of families and amateurs, with a 500-foot elevation gain and both open and forested hilly terrain. No lift service.