Gone Outdoors

How to Set Up a Frisbee Golf Course

by David Barnes

You can set up your own Frisbee golf course if you have enough open space, targets for each hole and some natural or artificial obstacles to test players' skills and keep the game challenging. The ideal course has 18 holes, but you can make do with whatever your space will allow. You can even start from different tees each time, to add variety to your playing.

Select a target for each hole. You can use trees, fence posts, clothesline poles, long stakes or even boulders. You can also hang tires from tree branches as targets and putt through the opening in the middle. Just make sure your target is visible from a distance. You may want to mark your targets with numbers, so the players know which target they're aiming at from each tee area.

Mark off the scoring area on each target. For upright targets, tape off the lower boundary of the striking area about 2 feet off the ground, and tape off the upper boundary about 2 feet above that. If the target is on the ground, such as a boulder, consider making a chalk-dust circle 3 feet in diameter around it, to mark the scoring area in which the disc must land.

Work backward from each target to determine the tee box. Consider balancing the course to include a variety of lengths and shots. A well-designed course requires a good mix of controlled left, right and straight shots. With a limited number of holes, you can set tees to approach the target from at least these three--an approach from the left, one from the right and one straight ahead. Determine the par for each hole from each tee, and post that number to avoid confusion and arguments.

Consider other factors that will influence play, like prevailing winds and the risks and rewards of taking shortcuts to the hole. Also consider the difficulty of sailing the disc over or under obstacles, including the path "rollers" might take along the ground in approaching the target. You can design your own obstacles by using a tarp stretched between two uprights, sections of propped-up plywood, or even a kiddie pool filled with water to create a hazard and narrow the approach to each target.

Design your course with safety in mind. Avoid playing areas that might pose a danger to players, spectators or passersby--including streets, sidewalks, picnic areas or playgrounds. Don't construct targets near fences or windows, where an errant shot might sail into an area players can't be sure is safe, or could cause damage. Always consider what the worst possible result might be of a shot going astray. With these considerations in mind, walk each hole several times before finalizing and playing the course .


  • Commercially designed Frisbee golf courses have holes that vary in length from 250 to 500 feet. You may need to adjust the length of your holes to accommodate the available space.