Where can I play disc golf in Fort Wayne?
Disc golf if a growing sport in our area. We are fortunate to have so many great places to play right here in Fort Wayne!
If you are looking to become more involved with disc golf locally, we recommend you look into membership in the Fort Disc Golf Club.
Shoaff Park is a great course for beginning players. It has a total of 24 holes. There is an 18 hole course (5,158 ft), with an optional added 6 holes. There is no real rough or water hazards on the 18 hole course, which features two sets of concrete tees and is cart friendly. It is moderately hilly and lightly wooded. The 6 additional holes are in the woods and can be found between holes 8 and 9. The first hole is at the signpost near the maintenance building.
West Swinney offers 18 holes (5,304 ft) along the river and around a lagoon, making water hazards common (about 1/3 the holes). Mostly a park style course, there are a few more heavily wooded holes spread throughout the course. You can access East Swinney by crossing the bridge over the river after hole #3.
East Swinney feels much longer than West (5,571 ft). While it is a little more open, some say it plays tougher, especially for newer players. This course also has an abundance of water hazards, many of which do not offer then chance of disc retrieval. Be careful playing after heavy rains, some of the course can flood or become slick. You can access West Swinney by crossing the bridge after hole #17.
Most of the holes at Moser are in fairly dense woods. This 18 hole course is much shorter than most (3,061 ft). It is a little unforgiving if you get off the fairways, which are fairly tight. There are natural tees, a few water hazards, and an active train track. Moser is the definition of a seasonal course, so be careful playing in the summer months. The rough gets severly overgrown and the insect population skyrockets. The course is located at the rear of the park. Follow the parking lot all the way to the back, and you'll see the entrance to the course to the right of the pond.
Mastodon Course at Purdue (PFW)
Known by locals as PFW, it is one of the area’s most fun courses. The majority of the course is in the woods, with slightly wider fairways than what you would find at Moser. PFW has both black tees (5,268 ft) and a more difficult gold tees (6,169 ft) with two basket locations that are rotated regularly. If you get off the fairway in the woods there, the rough is manageable, but challenging. Please note that PFW is a tobacco, drug, and alcohol free campus.
Tillman is a championship caliber, 19 hole course in the Fort Wayne area. It is mostly wooded with a very thick rough, a few holes are more open. Three tee sets are available, choosing the blue tees (~8,200 ft) drastically changes the difficulty level of the course. Newer players should use the white tees (~5,200 ft), or the slightly more challenging red tees (~6,900 ft). The pin position for each hole changes regularly. Pin position is shown with a yellow bolt on each tee sign. The holes vary greatly, ranging from long, open holes to tight fairways in the woods. Depending on pin placement, water comes in to play on ~1/3 the holes. Many holes also have blind shots, so using a spotter might be helpful in finding your disc.
Concordia Seminary Disc Golf Course
Built on a sprawling Lutheran seminary, Concordia's disc golf course is one of the most beautiful, well maintained, and longest (8,800 ft) courses in Fort Wayne. This championship level course is not for the faint of heart, and requires accurate drives from 350'-400' to birdie many of them. The first and last 1/3 of the course are open park style holes. There are a few tee shots around a pond overlooking the main campus buildings. The middle 1/3 is a challenging woods course requiring both accuracy and distance. The course is being completed in 2023, and may be pay-to-play in future years. It begins near the back right drive of the campus, where there is a small ~30 car parking lot in view of hole #18's basket and hole #1's teepad.
Located just 15 minutes north of Fort Wayne in Auburn, Eckhart is a park style 9 hole course (2,043 ft). A stream running through the middle of the park makes two of the holes dangerous, but most of the holes are between 200-250'. Most of the course has mature trees covering it, keeping the course shady and negating the summer heat.
Bob Arnold Northside Park
Northside is a beginner friendly 9 hole course (2,002 ft). Holes range from 150-365 ft, all are a par 3. Lightly wooded, fairly open, and no water hazards. It is difficult to find the start of some of the holes, so it is best to use the course map feature on the UDisc app or bring a friend who knows the course.
There are a number of other courses in the surrounding area, including Ossian, Auburn, Kendallville, and Huntington.