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Best Disc Golf Courses in Southeast Michigan

This southeast Michigan outdoor sport is great for any age and fun for the family. In 2014, try these spots in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Take a trip to the park for a round of disc golf this summer. It's similar to regular golf – except instead of using clubs and golf balls, it requires small Frisbees. Throw one toward one of the many "holes" along the course and ultimately aim for the basket to score. Not to mention, this sport is a cheap (if not free) way to spend some quality time with the kids.

Not experienced? Don't worry. These courses are designed to accommodate players of every level. Pack a lunch and some juice boxes and head out to play a game or two with friends and family. (In addition, most of these parks have playgrounds, walking trails and other great amenities.) Note: Due to the nature of the sport, some courses may not be open during in months. If that's not noted, be sure to check ahead, especially during fall/winter season.

Cass Benton Hills in Northville

  • Address: Northville Road, Northville Charter Township
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, seasonally
  • Admission: free

This DG course contains 18 holes, varied through both open and wooded areas and a variety of elevated grounds. Big hills and tight trees give the course its challenge and need for distance and sense of control, allowing for a unique experience every time. Playgrounds and picnic areas are also available for a quick lunch break.

Detroit Disc Golf Course

  • Address: 2334 Oakway Drive, Detroit (located on Belle Isle)
  • Phone: 238-494-3656
  • Hours: noon-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; open daily
  • Admission: $4/day

Enjoy one of metro Detroit's newest DG courses complete with 19 holes and fun for the family. Stretching 32 acres of beautiful greens, this spot is great for beginners and experienced players alike. It even showcases some of Belle Isle's best, including a Depression-era covered bridge and scenic view of Lake Muskoday.

Firefighters Park in Troy

  • Address: 1300 W. Square Lake Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-524-3484
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily, April-Oct. 1 (weather depending)
  • Admission: free

Tons of open space gives you plenty of room to practice your mad disc golf skills at this family-friendly park. After playing the 18-hole course (great for beginners), venture to the sand volleyball courts, soccer fields, a baseball diamond and child play structures. Picnic shelters are also available with a scenic view of the park grounds and woods – plus a small pond is perfect for your little ones to explore.

Freedom Park in Canton

  • Address: Palmer Road at the corner of Sheldon Road, Canton
  • Phone number: 734-483-5600
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; open year-round
  • Admission: free

This nine-hole traditional golf scene may be challenging for both newbies and pros who want to practice their skills in a more relaxed playing environment. Since the course is smaller than many others, you can spend the day running through multiple times – or simply cruise through a quick round. Park amenities also include a play structure, picnic area, walking trails, horseshoe pits, ball courts and open fields perfect for kite flying and other fun activities.

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

The 24-hole course offers fun for everyone – plus a challenge for skilled players of any age. This park is has everything you need for a day of family fun with playground equipment, baseball and soccer fields and a walking path. It's also stocked with tables and barbeque pits, so pack a lunch and have a picnic here, too.

Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter

  • Address: 8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter
  • Phone: 734-426-8211
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily April 1-Oct. 31, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily Nov. 1-March 31; open year-round
  • Admission: $7/vehicle for daily entry, $2/person to play, free/ages 6 and under

It's a 24-hole course in which you can thoroughly challenge yourself. Open land, beautiful wetlands and dense woodlands are among the picturesque views along the route. A practice hole is available for warming up, 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 bring a picnic basket and dine at 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: 810-227-8910
  • 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: $7/vehicle for daily entry, $2/person to play

Check out the Black Locust course (great for all left handers!). While playing, also be sure to check out the Black Locust trees (after which the course was named), and enjoy the 27-hole course overlooking the gorgeous meadows and woodlands.

Starr-Jaycee Park in Royal Oak

  • Address: 13 Mile Road, one block east of Crooks Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-246-3000
  • 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-November), plus new play structures and picnic areas, why spend a beautiful, sunny afternoon anywhere else?

Stony Creek Metropark-Buckhorn DG Course in Shelby Township

  • Address: 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-781-4242
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily April 1-Oct. 31, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily Nov. 1-March 31; open year-round
  • Admission: $7/vehicle for daily entry, $2/person to play

This 27-hole championship course brings players to one of the most challenging DG courses in Michigan. Take a look at nature's best wetlands, prairies, woods and thickets in a stimulating round of disc golf. The Gladeview Picnic Area is ideal for bird watching and lunch breaks, and the playgrounds are perfect for the young ones.

The Ponds at Lakeshore in Ypsilanti

  • Address: 2300 Lakeshore Blvd., Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-883-4408
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily; open year-round
  • Admission: free

All skill levels are welcome on this former ball-golf course. Need to pick up some equipment first? Or 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 the next 28 holes of challenge and fun.

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