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Banging Chains: Where to Play Disc Golf on the Big Island

by | Jul 19, 2021 | At Home In Hawaii

Disc golf is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States and is gaining in popularity in over 40 other countries worldwide. A beginner-friendly activity, disc golf, sometimes referred to as Frisbee® Golf, is a sport in which players throw discs at baskets in an effort to complete each hole in the lowest total number of total throws.

I’ve never thrown a frisbee in my life but when a friend introduced me to disc golf after playing polo for over 40 years, I decided this is my new sport! It is good exercise and a great way to spend time walking and hiking in the outdoors on a variety of fairways and courses. If you’re looking for a new activity to try, I invite you to give disc golf a go! 

Unlike traditional golf, it is very inexpensive to play. You will need to purchase or borrow some discs and a backpack. Course fees on the Big Island are minimal.

Rounds often last 2.5 hours, so when playing in Hawaii, pack a drink and a raincoat (just in case). Many players go solo for the practice but most of us in the Big Island disc golf community enjoy joining small groups for the social aspect. I learn a lot from playing with others and disc golfers love to share their experience and knowledge.

Whether you live on the Big Island or are visiting our beautiful paradise, check out these 18-hole disc golf courses in Mountain View:

Lava Links 

Located at 11-3363 Apele Road. 
18 baskets for disc golfers, 9 holes for ball golfers. Food and restrooms are available. Open every day until 5:00. Reach out to owners Sean and Kim Fendt at 430-7297.

Gargoyles Garden

Located at 18-7878 N Lauko Road.  
18 baskets and discs are available for sale. Call owner Mike Leitch a day ahead for a reservation at 238-2564.

Both courses recently hosted the Hawaii State Championship, a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) sanctioned event. Players from the Big Island were joined by men and women from outer islands and the mainland.  

There are also six baskets and three targets located at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area.  As a county park, there is no charge to play! We look forward to a new 18-hole course in North Kohala this fall.

Join us! This sport is open to all ages and abilities. Click here to join our local Facebook group and feel free to reach out to local players on this site with your questions. Please reach out to me if you are looking for property anywhere on the Big Island!

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