There’s a golf course in Golden Gate Park where the relaxed attitude of the players (beers and flip-flops encouraged; plaid sweater vests need not make an appearance) sets the standard. The protocol among disc golfers (aka Frisbyterians) is simply to bring good game to the 18-hole Frisbee golf course set deep in the old-growth trees and meandering footpaths of the park’s Marx Meadow.
Whether you’re a total newbie or a seasoned disc jockey, the links here wind through beautiful parts of Golden Gate Park. Rent your discs at Golden Gate Park Bike and Skate. Fans of Frisbee take note: The discs you use are nothing like the ones you toss around at the beach. They come in a variety of sizes and weights to accommodate your proximity to each basket.
But don’t let all this technical stuff scare you—members of the San Francisco Disc Golf Club are almost always around and are happy to share a few valuable pointers. Holes 1 to 9 will get you warmed up with shorter distances to baskets and just enough longer shots to keep things interesting. Holes 10 through 18 take on longer distances, and terrain that obscures the baskets a bit more. Remember, you can always yell “Fore!” Before you know it, you’ll be hooking and slicing—on purpose—like a pro. Tee it up!
The disc golf course is located at Marx Meadow in Golden Gate Park between Fulton and John F. Kennedy Dr. at 30th and 25th Avenues.