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If you haven’t heard of this Montana favorite, it’s time to get your folf on. Frisbee golf, folf or disc golf is a popular pastime around these parts, using the rules of golf to fling discs into posts or baskets around a course instead of holes on a green. With wooded and mountainous folf courses throughout Glacier Country, it’s a pretty fun and unique way to play outside, especially with friends and family.
If you’ve never played before, or you didn’t pack your discs, no worries. Contact the local (and very friendly) Parks & Recreation department, and they’ll let you use a disc and even give you some pointers.
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Here’s a list of folf courses in our region:
Just south of Missoula, this hiker's course spreads across a large expanse on the face of Blue Mountain. The first half of the course is mostly open with occasional tree obstacles, while the second half goes through wooded ravines.
The recreation area is located 2 miles southwest of Missoula. Take Highway 93 south to Blue Mountain Road and follow for 1 mile. The next left is Lookout Road, while the next right is the Maclay Flat Area.
This short but challenging course uses same tees to dual targets. It's heavily wooded, with the front nine having custom made baskets and the back nine having tones.
On Highway 93, the course is located 3 miles south of Whitefish.
Located in the Lolo National Forest, this 15-hole course has a mix of meadows, trees, hills and even a stream. Range 6 Under 300', 3 in 300' to 400'.
From Missoula, take I-90 west to Exit 89 in Frenchtown. Take a right at the top of the ramp and a left onto the frontage road. Continue just over one mile west to a right on Roman Creek Road. Follow for 1 mile, bearing right on the dirt road. Follow the main road for nearly one mile to the parking lot.
Located on the north end of Kalispell, this long course is open and provides play without much elevation. Be courteous and communicative with other park users.
From North Main, turn right just before Buffalo Hills Golf Course parking lot. Park your car by the pavilion.
This gravel course has nine baskets.
The course is located at Libby Middle School. It's closed during school hours and athletic events.
This 18-hole technical course takes you among trees and provides a nice challenge for players of all levels. It's also one of the most popular courses in the Missoula Valley.
From downtown Missoula, follow Higgins Avenue south. Turn left onto Pattee Canyon Road and follow for 3 miles.
This tightly wooded course requires short, accurate throws.
From Whitefish, take East Lakeshore Drive and continue 5 miles past the Big Mountain exit to the Smith Lake turnout. Park right in the main lot.
Located north of Missoula, this 18-hole course takes players across rough terrain and provides beautiful views of the Missoula Valley.
From Missoula, travel north on Grant Creek Road, then left onto Snowbowl Road.
This private course offers public access with 14 baskets, five tones and one barrel on its wooded terrain. Please call 406.961.4138 before playing.
From Missoula, travel south on Highway 93 to Victor. Continue 2 miles south, taking a right on Bear Creek Trail and a left on Red Crow Road. Go straight onto Fred Burr Road, taking your first right on Spiritwood.
Located in Troy, this course has tight trees and ace runs, with 18 baskets on a crushed stone course.
Travel west on Highway 2 into Troy, cross Callahan Creek and take your first right. Take another right into the museum parking lot. First tee at east edge of lot throwing towards river.
This 18-hole basket course takes players through mostly flat and heavily wooded terrain.
From Highway 2, take the Libby Dam exit. Continue one and a half miles to J. Neils Memorial Park entrance.
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