Disc golf has quickly become a favorite pastime around the United States, and Birmingham is all in on the sport. Thousands found their way to the open-air courses over the last few years, and the already popular game saw participation grow even more as friendships were made and word-of-mouth advertising spread throughout the city. Perfecting throwing techniques for drivers, mid-range discs, and putters became a common afternoon hobby. Every tree, creek, and sidewalk started receiving hypothetical throw-arounds when passed by enthused players. Birmingham is hot for disc golf, and fortunately there are plenty of great courses ready to take in local athletes and travelers looking for great courses. Here are a few of our favorites.

George Ward Park

George Ward is the most central of the disc golf courses in Birmingham, and one of the most fun to play on. The 18-hole course is split neatly into two 9-hole adventures. The diverse terrain lets disc golfers take on babbling brooks, tree-filled forests, and menacing hills while passing by dozens of people taking a stroll on the scenic trails. League play on Wednesday afternoons is a pleasure enjoyed by many.

Inverness (INDIGO)

The Inverness Disc Golf Park, lovingly referred to as INDIGO, is another great 18-hold adventure. The course starts with an uphill challenge with trees surrounding the path, giving a good indication of the many challenges that are about to take place. The Inverness course is also known for hosting the top-tier players at Birmingham's legendary Magic City Mega Bowl, which is a PDGA-sanctioned competition held in August. Inverness hosts league play on Monday afternoons.

Trussville (Civitan and Greg Carter)

Just east of Birmingham in Trussville are two great courses that are located right next to each other to provide a full day’s worth of adventure for disc golf enthusiasts. Both Greg Carter Memorial Disc Golf Club and Civitan (John Lemaster Memorial) Disc Golf Course provide great obstacles and a good workout for those looking to get outside for the day. The Trussville league takes place on Tuesday afternoons.

Pinson Bicentennial Park

The Pinson Bicentennial Park disc golf course is one of the most ideal locations for beginning players, with lots of open throws at shorter ranges. It is a great park for a walk, and lets Birminghamians get a bit farther into the woods for their disc golf adventures. It’s also a great excuse to stop by for delicious food from Tacos Toluca.

Other Great Options 

The Clay Disc Golf Course is one of the longest in the Birmingham area, and provides plenty of challenging holes to keep the player entertained throughout. There are also some great courses in Gardendale (Magnolia Links), Alabaster (Veterans Park), Calera (Oliver Park), and the University of Montevallo. If you’re looking for an easy new hobby to pick up, Birmingham’s many disc golf courses are waiting with open arms. 

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