Aspen and Snowmass are generally recognized for their winter skiing and summer hiking. One of the best hidden secrets of the area comes with a relatively little-known sport. Disc golf has been exploding in popularity, and the mountain ski trails and various parks in the area have some of the most interesting disc golf courses in the country. Make sure to check this sport out while in Aspen and Snowmass.
What is Disc Golf?
Disc Golf is much like ball golf but instead of hitting a small white ball with a club, you are throwing a disc or frisbee. Disc golfers start by throwing off of a tee pad much like ball golf and aim for a metal basket with hanging chains. The goal is to get the disc caught inside the chains or have it come to rest inside the basket. Just like in ball golf, you are attempting to make the disc into the basket in as few throws as possible; the lower your score, the better you played. Unlike ball golf, disc golf doesn’t require any special equipment other than a disc to play. The sport is very inexpensive to get into and is a blast from day one. Visitors are free to bring their own discs to play Snowmass disc golf, but rentals are available at some of the Aspen and Snowmass courses.
Courses for Disc Golf in Aspen and Snowmass
The various ski resorts and parks make for some amazing disc golf in Aspen and Snowmass during the summer. One of the best disc golf courses in the area is in the Lost Forest. The course is called Aerial Approach, and it actually features two 18-hole courses. Guests looking to play Aerial Approach will travel to the top of the Elk Camp Gondola to Snowmass Base Village. After you disembark from the gondola, you will travel to the Elk Camp Meadows area. The first tee for the course is located near the top of the enclosed surface lift. You will follow the gravel path passed the Lost Forest Headquarters to find the tee pad. The course weaves through the meadows area and provides an easy to moderate level of difficulty.
Another amazing course in the area is at Aspen Mountain. The course is listed as one of the world’s highest official disc golf courses. This course is a bit of a hike, but provides an easy first nine holes followed by a more difficult back nine. No matter how you end up playing, this course is fun and beautiful.