Top Disc Golf Courses in Lake Tahoe

21st September, 2018

Lake Tahoe is known for being an outdoor lover’s paradise with an endless amount of activities to do. But, did you know it also has some of the most unique disc golf courses too? There are a variety of courses that will offer beginner-friendly flat terrain or technical shots that will challenge any expert player. If you have never heard of disc golf it’s played very similar to regular golf where you have a driver, mid-range, and putter discs. The objective is to throw your discs into the basket in as few throws as possible. The basket is a hollow metal cage with hanging chains meant to catch the disc.

Kirkwood Disc Golf


If it’s your first time playing disc golf it may feel strange to throw a disc, even though it’s shaped like a Frisbee, it throws very different since it’s heavier and smaller. During the learning stage, it is best to choose a course that has minimal obstacles like trees or bushes to get in your way. The more open the course is the more enjoyable it will be since you don’t have to worry about being distracted. 

Located a mile away from Hotel Azure is the Bijou community park, which offers a flat and open 27-hole course for you to learn and get comfortable throwing the different discs. The baskets are moved frequently making this course challenging for experts too since some of the longer Par 5 holes can exceed 500 yards. Look out for the smaller Jeffrey pine trees which are notorious for swallowing discs.

Bijou Disc Golf

Hills and Thrills

The Zephyr Cove disc golf course is located in Nevada just a few miles past the Stateline divide. This course is not only challenging due to the boulders, Manzanita bushes, trees, but also the elevation. This course treks up and down the steep hills behind Zephyr Cove Park and will provide an excellent hike with some jaw-dropping lookouts of Lake Tahoe. 

The challenging 18-hole course will test even the most skilled players and the Zephyr Cove course is selected as a stop on the annual King of the Lake tournament.  This is where top-ranked Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) players and top local amateurs battle it out to see who is king of Lake Tahoe. But, don’t worry if you aren’t ready to get your PDGA sponsorship because this course is perfect for anyone who doesn’t mind a challenging hike and awesome lake views. Holes 10 and 15 offer the perfect place to catch your breath and take in the panoramic view of Lake Tahoe below.

Zephy Cove Disc Golf

Long Ski Run

Located at Kirkwood Ski Resort from late June through October is one of the most interesting disc golf courses in Lake Tahoe. The course starts at the bottom of the bunny slope and crisscrosses its way up the mountain. Each hole has its own unique challenges as you navigate your way through the trees.  It’s interesting to see the flowers, tall grass, and bare peaks that lie dormant during the snowy ski season.

The course is praised by visitors and locals alike as one of the West Coast's most challenging courses.  The 18-hole course weaves through the trees and over mountainous terrain to reach 7,800 feet in elevation. Holes 16 and 17 offer the biggest payoff by having you drive the disc down the ski run for a challenging Par 5 hole at over 1,000 yards. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that will make the entire hike up the course worth it.

Kirkwood Disc Golf

Regardless of your skill level, disc golf is fun and lets you explore the different terrain around Lake Tahoe. It’s a great way to get some exercise outdoors and the best part is the disc golf courses are free! Now is the perfect chance to experience something different in Lake Tahoe.   Book online or contact our in-house reservation team at 1.800.877.1466.