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San Diego County is home to some fine disc golf courses, with more being added regularly.  The courses listed below are available for public use all year long and each have their own pluses, minuses and personalities.  The courses are listed based on their order of installation.  Along with a brief description, there are web links displayed for each of the courses.  Along with a link to the courses’s own web page, we have included links to pages on three disc golf directory-like sites:  The PDGA Course Directory is the official list of disc golf courses world-wide, constantly updated since it was first published in 1985.  Dgcoursereview.com is a fantastic source of statistics and information about disc golf courses, and is the best source for reviews of courses written by the players themselves.  Discgolfscene.com uses its course directory as a way for players to track their scores, aces, results and rivalries and provides players a place to display “what’s in the bag” and write on each other’s wall.  Happy hunting!

Map of San Diego Disc Golf Courses

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Morley Field, San Diego, CA – San Diego’s original disc golf course and probably the most-played course in the world, and for good reason.  Located in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park, Morley Field is a fantastic example of what a pay-to-play course can provide:  well-maintained grounds, multiple pin positions on each of the 19 holes (changed weekly), regularly scheduled competitive events, and a well-stocked pro shop run by a multiple-times world champion, Snapper Pierson.  While the layout is not particularly long, it requires technical precision and good putting to score well.  You will use most of your bag during a round at Morley, and a variety of shots as well.  A must-play.

Morleyfield.com

Morley page on PDGA Course Directory

Morley page on dgcoursereview.com

Morley page on discgolfscene.com

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Sun Valley Golf Course, La Mesa, CA – Sharing space with a 9-hole executive length ball golf course, Sun Valley’s 9 Discatchers provide players with a lot of long, booming tee shots.  The first hole, in particular, has you carry your disc over a big valley, to a basket protected by cacti and yucca on the side of a hill.  Mostly open drives to baskets tucked next to and behind ball golf greens and bunkers.  $5 per round to play, paid at a pro shop with a friendly staff and great sandwiches.  They sell a few discs, too.  Keep your eyes open for the Sun Valley Open, a fantastic PDGA B-tier tournament run each year close to Labor Day.

Sun Valley page on PDGA Course Directory

Sun Valley page on dgcoursereview.com

Sun Valley page on discgolfscene.com

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Montiel Park DGC, San Marcos, CA - Montiel Park was installed in 2008 by the City of San Marcos, providing San Diego County with its first free-to-play disc golf course in over 20 years.  Montiel’s 9 holes weave back and forth uphill for the first 5 holes, give you a breather with the flat hole #6, and then finish with three downhill holes.  The standard layout has concrete teepads, while nine alternate (and longer) tees are a combination of rubber mats and tee shots from the adjoining street.  The holes are mostly open, making use of the few trees as strategically as possible.  Managing elevation change is important at Montiel, as is managing the fast, skip-happy “greens” in the summer.  The Aces run a weekly doubles league on Monday evenings during the Spring and Summer, switching to Saturday mornings when the days become shorter.

Montiel Park DGC Scorecard

Montiel Park page on teamrizbee.com

Montiel Park page on PDGA Course Directory

Montiel Park page on dgcoursereview.com

Montiel Park page on discgolfscene.com

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Sunset Park, San Marcos, CA – This short 6-hole course is set in a very busy, very kid-friendly park.  The course was designed for kids or new players – it’s very short and pretty wide open.  It may be the site of a PDGA SuperClass tournament in the near future, and also sets up well for kid’s clinics.  We ask that you use only blunt-edged discs on this course – putters or Ultimate discs.

Sunset Park DGC @ teamrizbee.com

Sunset Park page on PDGA Course Directory

Sunset Park page on dgcoursereview.com

Sunset Park page on discgolfscene.com

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Cal State University San Marcos DGC, San Marcos, CA – CSUSM is home to the first permanent basket course on a Southern California college campus.  The course was funded completely by private donors, led by the San Diego Aces and Innova Disc Golf and is open for play by students, staff and local disc golfers.  The 18-hole design starts on the campus’ lower athletic fields, then winds through the middle of campus, passing the Kellogg Library, University Hall, the Arts Building and Science Hall 2.  Great scenery.  The holes on the upper campus are rather short, but the stiff breeze that is usually present provides a challenge.  1st tee is at the corner of Barham Dr. and Campus Way in San Marcos.  Parking in the on-campus parking structure is $5 for 3 hours, or you can park on the sidestreets off of Barham for free.    Difficult to play before 2pm on weekdays – play after 2pm weekdays or anytime on the weekends (when campus is empty).  [Update 2/7/2012 - construction project on upper campus holes has caused a few modifications.  Do not retreive discs from inside construction fence!!]

CSUSM DGC Course Map

CSUSM DGC Scorecard

CSUSM page on PDGA Course Directory CSUSM page on dgcoursereview.comCSUSM page on discgolfscene.com

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Escondido Rotary Club DGC @ Kit Carson Park, Escondido, CA - This course is definitely one of San Diego County’s best!  The 18-hole layout at Kit Carson provides a variety of holes: straight, left and right shots; big boomers and tight, technical shots; wide-open putts and baskets on the edge of trouble.  Funds raised by the Escondido Rotary Club and the San Diego Aces made the course possible.  Discs are available for purchase at the skate shop in the Escondido Sports Center, about a Destroyer-throw from the first tee.  Rubber tee pads are now installed on all holes (Except #12, which has a concrete pad).  Please be respectful of other park users – park gets busy with picnickers on the weekend.

Escondido Rotary Club DGC Course Map

Escondido Rotary Club DGC page on PDGA Course Directory

Escondido Rotary Club DGC page on dgcoursereview.com

Escondido Rotary Club DGC page on discgolfscene.com

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Center City Golf Course @ Goat Hill, Oceanside, CA – Center City is the oldest ball golf course in San Diego County and now has a disc golf course.  Disc golf was added February 2011.  This is a loooong course – 9,612 ft. from the back tees (that’s 534 ft. per hole) – and can play longer in the afternoon when the breeze picks up.  The course features lots of chances for booming drives, tricky pin placements near hills and drop-offs and plays along the trees that line the ball golf fairways.  The layout for disc golf follows the ball golf layout – tees are near the ball golf tees or along cart paths.  Carts are available and advisable.  Fees: Weekdays $4, $10 with cart; Weekends $6, $12 with cart.  Discs, snacks and beverages are available at the pro shop.

Goat Hill Course Map

Goat Hill Scorecard

Goat Hill page on PDGA Course Directory
Goat Hill page on dgcoursereview.com

Goat Hill page on discgolfscene.com

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Olive Glen Disc Golf Course @ Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort, El Cajon, CA – As you might guess from the name, this 9-hole course is set in the middle of a grove of olive trees.  The course was installed Fall 2011 and hosted it’s first official tournament with its 2012 Ice Bowl.  What the course lacks in length it makes up for with low ceilings that require precise shots.   Fees: $5/day, monthly passes available for $30.  Discs, snacks and beverages are available at the recreation center shop.

Olive Glen @ Sycuan page on PDGA Course Directory

Olive Glen @ Sycuan page on dgcoursereview.com
Olive Glen @ Sycuan page on discgolfscene.com

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San Diego Aces Disc Golf Course @ Brengle Terrace Park, Vista, CA – This 18-hole course opened in 2012.  Built using baskets and tee pads donated by the San Diego Aces, this 18-hole course provides a variety of challenges, most notably elevation changes and some tight, technical low ceilings.  Probably the best physical workout of any San Diego course.  Discs, snacks and beverages are available at the pro shop near tee 17.

Brengle Terrace Course Map (open it on a smartphone or tablet and there will be a marker for your location)

Brengle Terrace page on dgcoursereview.com

Brengle Terrace page on discgolfscene.com
23 Comments leave one →
  1. binger permalink
    June 3, 2014 8:08 am

    new to area! from the good ole charm city baltimore MD. any one i should first?

    • sandiegoacesdgc permalink*
      June 3, 2014 1:03 pm

      Play them all! Each course has it’s own charms. Morley Field is a must-play because of its quality and history.

  2. Mason Magruder permalink
    December 7, 2013 10:55 pm

    Time to remove Goat Hill and Valley Center to this list.

    • Mason Magruder permalink
      December 7, 2013 10:56 pm

      Oops! I meant and “ADD” Valley Center

  3. Mike Grubbs permalink
    October 21, 2013 8:02 pm

    Coming out to San Diego from Oklahoma. Had one of our courses here destroyed by the tornado. Hope to have a couple good rounds out there!

  4. Eric permalink
    October 4, 2013 9:54 pm

    We need a desert course out here in Borrego springs!

    • sandiegoacesdgc permalink*
      October 11, 2013 10:23 am

      Agreed! Do you know of anyone who has access to land for a course?

  5. Kerny permalink
    April 3, 2013 12:51 pm

    Is there another course near Escondido Kit Carson Park course? Someone describe where but i can recall the directions and am not familiar with it.

  6. Brant Clabaugh permalink
    July 25, 2012 10:45 pm

    Is the excellent 9-hole disc golf course off Cole Grade in Valley Center an Aces course or Kinetic or private (though open to the public) or … ?

    • Mason Magruder permalink
      December 7, 2013 10:53 pm

      I recently played this course and thought it was a lot of fun and am surprised it’s not on this list.

  7. Dan permalink
    May 1, 2012 8:18 pm

    Any word when you will be posting a map of Brengle Terrace course? Since I’ve been going to that park since I was a kid, I find it hard to believe a disk golf course being there. I’ve heard of there being a map but have found nothing online. Thanks

    • sandiegoacesdgc permalink*
      May 2, 2012 1:47 pm

      Great question! I’ve passed your request on to the folks in charge of the Brengle Terrace installation, T.J. Cruz and John Heaton. Once I hear back from them I’ll post it here.

  8. Steve Waken permalink
    March 2, 2012 8:13 am

    Word was the course would be finished late February, it’s now March 2nd, any progress???

    • sandiegoacesdgc permalink*
      March 5, 2012 3:54 pm

      Hi Steve,
      The February date was a little premature, as there were insurance issues to iron out with the City of Vista. We’re ready to start construction now, and are asking for volunteers to help with the work. Aces Treasurer John Heaton is heading up the group, contact him at John@whirldsports.com if you’d like to help out.

  9. February 1, 2012 5:05 pm

    So what’s the word on Brengle Terrace Park in Vista.
    Me and my other SDA buddies can’t wait!!!

    • sandiegoacesdgc permalink*
      February 2, 2012 4:24 pm

      Patience, please! Before any work can begin on the course the city of Vista is requiring the Aces to purcase liability insurance, to cover anyone getting hurt during course construction and subsequent play. This isn’t cheap. The board has been getting insurance quotes and it looks like we’ll be buying insurance soon. Once that happens, keep your eyes open for work party announcements. There’s a lot of brush to clear…

  10. January 28, 2012 9:39 pm

    Hello!

    We need a Kit Carson Park Disc Golf map; can you please provide?

    Marc

    • sandiegoacesdgc permalink*
      February 2, 2012 4:25 pm

      We’ve asked the course designer for a map and haven’t gotten a reply yet. We’ll keep trying.

  11. Dan Ford permalink
    February 17, 2011 11:16 am

    Will you be adding Goat Hill soon to this list, and when should we expect it up on the PDGA course list?

    • sandiegoacesdgc permalink*
      March 18, 2011 12:47 pm

      Hi Dan – man, I forgot to reply to this! Goat Hill is now up on the PDGA directory, as well as those on dgcourserview.com and discgolfscene.com. I haven’t had a chance to add it to our Courses page on this web site, but will do that soon.

      Thanks for keeping me on my toes!

      Allen

      • Dan Ford permalink
        February 6, 2012 4:42 pm

        Thanks for getting back to me! I want to know as soon as Brengle terrace has the insurance so I can help with the construction!!!

      • sandiegoacesdgc permalink*
        February 7, 2012 1:12 pm

        Aces board meeting is Monday, Feb 13th. Should have more info after the meeting.

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