Cedar Valley Disc Golf

posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Cedar Valley Disc Golf

Tourist Park in Cedar Falls

What is disc golf? The game and its rules are similar to golf except that your disc’s target is an elevated, metal basket and your throwing arm is the “club” used to sink your putt. Discs, rather than Frisbees, are used for the sport because discs are smaller and heavier which helps them travel longer distances. Disc golf was formally recognized as a sport in the 1970s and Tourist Park in Cedar Falls was the first course established in Iowa. It was also the third course to be established in the United States.

You’ll find all five disc golf courses located in the Cedar Valley to be fun and challenging. Some courses are 9 holes and others are 18 holes, suitable for beginners and advanced players. And, it’s free to play in our public parks.


Big Woods Recreation Area, Cedar Falls

This is a challenging 18-hole course with mowed fairways and tight spots in wooded areas. The course was established in 2015 and hosts the Big Woods Open in April.

Tourist Park, Cedar Falls

This 18-hole course, with waterfront green space, was established in the late 1970s. It was the first disc golf course in Iowa and the third to be established in the United States.

Valley View Park, Waterloo

Valley View Park’s course was established in 2000 and is home to 18 holes (9 baskets).

Waterloo Exchange Park, Waterloo

Located across from Riverfront Stadium, this is a championship caliber, 27-hole layout located along the Cedar River with course offerings that challenge all skill levels. It was established in 1982 and hosts the Annual Black Hawk Metro Disc Golf Open in September.  

Deerwood Park, Evansdale

The disc golf course at Deerwood Park is also a tight course located in a wooded area. It’s a well-maintained course with 18 holes. It also hosts Deerwood! in March.


September 13, 2020
36th Annual Black Hawk Metro Disc Golf Open
(PRO/AM, PDGA sanctioned C-tier event)           
Waterloo Exchange Park
Tournament is 27 holes followed by 18 holes at Big Woods Recreation Area. Several divisions are available including pro, advanced, amateur and intermediate.

February 13, 2021
36th Annual Dann Schultz Memorial Snow Disc Tournament
Tourist Park, Cedar Falls
Hosted by the Black Hawk metro Disc Golf League, this will be a flighted tournament with two rounds of 18 holes. Your first round score will determine which flight you will be competing in during the second round.  

March, 2021 (date TBD)

Deerwood Park, Evansdale
Event includes flighted divisions with two rounds of 18 holes. The first round is from long pads and the second from short pads. Visit last year’s event HERE.

April, 2021 (date TBD)
Big Woods Open
(PRO/AM, PDGA sanctioned C-tier event)
Big Woods Recreation Area, Cedar Falls
Annual event for professionals, advanced and intermediate divisions. Course will be two rounds of 18 holes. Visit last year’s event HERE.


Although disc golf is free to play, you need a disc to get started. Here are a few places that can help you with what you need:

Cook’s Outdoor, Cedar Falls

Dick’s Sporting Goods, Waterloo

SCHEELS, Cedar Falls

Subculture Skateboards and Disc Golf, Cedar Falls


Black Hawk Metro Disc Golf League – contact Mike Kindschi at 319-233-9236 or at 319-833-3008

Cedar Valley Disc Golf League – contact Erik Young 319-349-5042 

Iowa Disc Golf  

Professional Disc Golf Association 

The Disc Golf Scene (find ratings and reviews)

Let us know if you know of more leagues and tournaments. We’d be happy to make the additions to our blog.

Want to find more Things to DoPlaces to Stay or Places to Eat & Drink while you're in Cedar Falls? Stop by or call the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. We're located at 6510 Hudson Road and our phone number is 800-845-1955. To find events taking place in the Cedar Valley, visit CedarValley365.com.

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