Cedar Falls Disc Golf

posted on Thursday, September 7, 2023

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Big Woods Recreation Area 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 three disc golf courses located in Cedar Falls 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.

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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.

Island Park, Cedar Falls

This new city course was established in 2023 and features 9 holes. There is also a putting green next to the park shelter with baskets at circle-one distance apart. This course is right across the street from Tourist Park!

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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

SCHEELS, Cedar Falls

Accretion Discs, 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. To find events taking place in the Cedar Valley, visit CedarValley365.com.

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