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Best Disc Golf Courses in Southeast Michigan

This outdoor sport is fun for the whole family. Check out nine cool courses you can enjoy in 2013 in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Surprise your kids with a new, fun summer activity – and head to one of these local parks to try disc golfing as a family. Disc golf is similar to regular golf, but rather than using golf clubs and aiming for a hole, players use small Frisbees and try to throw them into baskets. Disc golf is perfect for families: It is generally free, and most courses are open daily from dawn 'til dusk.

These courses are great for the experienced DG player – and perfect for those just starting out, too. Grab a few discs and head to your local course for a day of fun with the whole family! (Not too mention, most parks have playgrounds, walking trails and other family-friendly amenities.)

Cass Benton Hills in Northville

  • Address: Edward N. Hines Drive, Northville
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, seasonally
  • Admission: free

This Wayne County DG course tends to crowd early, so pack your fliers and head out early for the best play. The 18 holes, varied through both open and wooded areas as well as on a variety of elevated grounds, give the course its signature character, allowing for a unique experience every time. Playgrounds and picnic areas are also available throughout the park for hungry players who need a nine-hole break!

Firefighters Park in Troy

  • Address: 1800 W. Square Lake Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-524-3484
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily, April-Oct. 1, (weather depending)
  • Admission: free

Disc golf is just one of the many activities you can enjoy at this family-friendly park. After playing the 18-hole course (great for beginners), you can keep the fun going with the park's sand volleyball courts, soccer fields, a ball diamond and play structures. Picnic shelters are also scattered through the 96 acres of scenic grounds and woods – plus a small pond is wading with critters for you little fishers to explore.

Freedom Park in Canton

  • Address: Palmer Road at the corner of Sheldon Road, Canton
  • Phone number: 734-394-5100
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; open year-round
  • Admission: free

Still new to the game? No worries. This nine-hole course's simple fairways are prime for starters who want to practice their throws in a more relaxed playing environment – or any DG fans simply looking to cruise through a quick round. Park amenities also include a playscape, picnic pavilion, walking trails, horseshoe pits, ball courts and open fields perfect for kite flying.

Herman Brys Park

  • Address: 20700 Brys Drive, St. Clair Shores; corner of Eight Mile and Harper roads
  • Phone: 586-445-5350
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily; open year-round
  • Admission: free

This 24-hole course offers fun for all ages – plus a challenge for those skilled players. This park is fully equipped for a day of family fun with playground equipment, baseball and soccer fields, and a walking path. Pack your cooler and eat lunch here, too – the park offers picnic tables and barbeques.

Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter

  • Address: 8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter
  • Phone: 734-426-8211
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; open year-round
  • Admission: $5/vehicle for daily entry, $2/person to play

Will you choose the "Original" 24 holes with the tamer greens and easy navigation? Or are you fearless enough to face the "Monster" and its feature fairway that runs a whopping 1,038 feet? Either course you fly on, it's sure to be an adventurous round. A practice hole is available for warming up your throw, and the friendly staff on-course are ready to answer any questions you have about the game. There's also a snack bar serving a variety of food options, or you're welcome to bring a picnic basket and dine in one of the many picnic areas throughout this scenic park.

Kensington Metropark in Milford

  • Address: 2240 W. Buno Road, Milford (course located at Martindale Beach)
  • Phone: 248-685-1561
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m., daily; open year-round (note: course not lit at night, and tee pads are not cleared of snow in winter)
  • Admission: $5/vehicle for daily entry, $2/person to play

Check out the Black Locust (a great course for all you left handers!). While playing, also be sure to check out the Black Locust trees (after which the course was named) alongside the beach.

Starr-Jaycee Park in Royal Oak

  • Address: 13 Mile Road, one block east of Crooks Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-246-3300
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily (course closed during train rides, see description); open year-round
  • Admission: free

This Oakland County park is a must-visit for all families – disc golfers or not! With a variety of fairways winding through the scenic woods and the free miniature train rides for kids (noon-4 p.m. on the first weekend of every month, weather permitting, May-October), plus play structures and picnic areas, what better way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon?

Stony Creek Metropark-Buckhorn DG Course in Shelby Township

  • Address: 4300 Main Park Drive, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-781-4242
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; open year-round
  • Admission: $5/vehicle for daily entry, $2/person to play

This 27-hole course brings players and their plastic fliers through nature's best wetlands, prairies, woods and thickets in a challenging round of disc golf. The incredible scenery and wildlife, along with the hospitable park staff, are just a few of Macomb County gem's many features. The Gladview Picnic Area is ideal for bird watching and lunch breaks, and the playgrounds are perfect for younger spectators.

The Ponds at Lakeshore in Ypsilanti

  • Address: 2500 Lakeshore Blvd., Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-883-4408
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily; open year-round
  • Admission: free

All skill levels are welcome to cruise through this former ball-golf course. Need to pick up some equipment first? Maybe you're just looking for a friendly face to answer any game questions? Whatever your DG needs, be sure to visit the experts at the Throw Shop, Michigan's largest disc golf pro shop, located at Hole 1 – then gear up for 28 holes of fun fairways that are easy to navigate for optimal smooth play.

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