Disc Golf Courses Per Capita: U.S. States Ranked #1-#50 | UDisc

A little over two years ago, we released our first look at U.S. states' disc golf courses per capita rankings. That was just a few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, which raised interest in outdoor recreation opportunities to astronomical levels. That interest, in turn, led to tons of new people finding disc golf and the need for a lot more courses to meet demand.


The darker the blue, the more disc golf courses per capita in the state.

Disc golfers using UDisc help power the largest and most-frequently updated disc golf course directory in existence, and our stats showed that disc golf courses went in the ground at a rate of 5.28 per day in 2021.

Come with us as we explore the effects these dynamics have had on the availability of disc golf across the nation.

Here's what you'll find, in order, in the rest of this post:

U.S. Has a New #1 in Disc Golf Courses Per Capita

Kansas is currently #1 in disc golf courses per capita among U.S. states, moving up from its #3 spot in 2020 thanks to the addition of 64 courses in the last two years.

A disc golf tee pad stops just before a pond. A flat grassy fairway dotted with trees.
A fun water carry at Emporia, Kansas' Jones Park –  West disc golf course. Photo uploaded to UDisc Courses by

outlawamw.

Last time we ran these numbers, Iowa was #1.

Admittedly, we're not super surprised that the home state of disc golf equipment business Dynamic Discs made this leap. It is, after all, the company that turned little-known Emporia, Kansas, into the country's best small town for disc golf that not only annually hosts one of the world's biggest disc golf tournaments but which – as of early September 2022 – will have hosted two Professional Disc Golf World Championships in the span of six years.

It's notable that though 64 courses sounds and is huge, it's a total that ties Kansas at just eighth in the nation for number of disc golf courses added in the last two years.

Four New States Enter Elite Category

The last time we ran these numbers, only one state – Iowa – had at least one disc golf course per 10,000 residents. Nowadays, five states (still including Iowa) are in that club, and a sixth is the right on the cusp. This change shows again just how quickly courses have gone up in recent times.

You can find out which states made the leap in the table you'll find later in this post.

Top 25 Almost Entirely States with Below-Average Population

The average population of U.S. states is around 6,625,000. Only three states in the top 50% of disc golf course per capita rankings have a population that crests that average – Michigan, Indiana, and North Carolina.

A disc golf basket with yellow band in a forest of spindly pines on a misty morning
Basket of hole 15 on a beautiful misty morning at Diavolo in North Carolina. North Carolina is one of just three states with an above average population that made the top 25 in disc golf courses per capita this year. Photo uploaded to UDisc Courses by downey

There are some likely explanations for this, with the biggest one being that many less populated states tend to have more room for courses, and in a per capita ranking, one extra course goes a lot further toward moving the needle in these states than in more populated ones.

However, low population doesn't always equal space. A few of the states with relatively low populations that aren't in the top 25 are in the densely-populated Northeast and are also the smallest states by area: Rhode Island (50th in area), Delaware (49th in area), and Connecticut (48th in area).

Biggest Moves Up & Down

The largest change in rank was the exact same number for both up and down movement.

A tightly wooded disc golf fairway in fall colors. A tee sign is in the foreground in the right of the photo
The fairway of hole 5 at New Hampshire's best disc golf course, Top o' the Hill. New Hampshire made the biggest move up the per capita ranks of any state from 2020 to 2022. Photo uploaded to UDisc Courses by ldzpln

The state that made the biggest leap forward was New Hampshire. Its course total grew by 24 in the last two years while its population increased by just around 60,000, moving it up five spots in the rankings.

Utah's rank took the biggest dip (again, five spots). It has added 19 courses since 2020, but it's also one of the fastest-growing states in the country in terms of population.

What Counted as a Disc Golf Course?

As in our look at how many disc golf courses are in the world, our goal with these stats isn't to arbitrate what counts as a disc golf course. Instead, we want to provide an indicator of the enthusiasm within each U.S. state for the sport.

Whether a course has baskets or alternative targets like tone poles, concrete tees or grass, it's still a place where people can play the sport we love and enjoy the company of friends, family, or their own thoughts. Other than invite-only courses, areas with designated places to throw from and to counted as courses for the purposes of this post.

Disc Golf Courses Per Capita: U.S. States Ranked #1-#50

Which U.S. states have the most disc golf courses per capita?

Rank
State
People Per Disc Golf Course

Disc Golf Course Total

Population

Rank Change:
2020 to 2022

1
Kansas
8,760
335
2,934,582
▲2

2
Wyoming
9,044
64
578,803
▲4

3
Iowa
9,097
351
3,193,079

▼2

4
North Dakota
9,337
83
774,948

▼2

5
South Dakota
9,839
91
895,376

▼1

6
Vermont
10,087
64
645,570
▲1

7
Montana
12,408
89
1,104,271

▼2

8
Nebraska
13,179
149
1,963,692
▲4

9
Maine
13,587
101
1,372,247
▲4

10
Wisconsin
13,648
432
5,895,908

▼1

11
Idaho
13,875
137
1,900,923

▼3

12
Alaska
14,090
52
732,673

▼1

13
Minnesota
14,304
399
5,707,390

▼3

14
Oklahoma
17,485
228
3,986,639
▲1

15
West Virginia
18,194
98
1,782,959
▲2

16
Colorado
19,245
302
5,812,069

▼2

17
Arkansas
19,777
153
3,025,891
▲1

18
Oregon
20,917
203
4,246,155

▼2

19
New Hampshire
21,045
66
1,388,992
▲5

20
Michigan
22,637
444
10,050,811
Same

21
Missouri
22,677
272
6,168,187
▲1

22
Mississippi
24,180
122
2,949,965

▼3

23
New Mexico
24,603
86
2,115,877
▲3

24
Indiana
26,077
261
6,805,985
▲1

25
North Carolina
26,985
391
10,551,162

▼2

26
Utah
28,530
117
3,337,975

▼5

27
Kentucky
31,982
141
4,509,394
▲1

28
Tennessee
31,996
218
6,975,218

▼1

29
South Carolina
32,041
162
5,190,705
Same

30
Alabama
33,599
150
5,039,877
Same

31
Ohio
35,697
330
11,780,017
Same

32
Illinois
36,836
344
12,671,469
▲1

33
Virginia
40,197
215
8,642,274
▲2

34
Washington
40,730
190
7,738,692

▼2

35
Pennsylvania
43,946
295
12,964,056
▲1

36
Texas
46,137
640
29,527,941

▼2

37
Hawaii
51,484
28
1,441,553
▲1

38
Louisiana
55,048
84
4,624,047
▲3

39
Georgia
55,100
196
10,799,566
▲1

40
Arizona
58,680
124
7,276,316

▼3

41
Connecticut
70,698
51
3,605,597
▲4

42
Delaware
77,183
13
1,003,384

▼3

43
Massachusetts
77,608
90
6,984,723
Same

44
California
79,914
491
39,237,836
Same

45
Nevada
82,737
38
3,143,991

▼3

46
Maryland
83,313
74
6,165,129
▲1

47
Florida
95,531
228
21,781,128

▼1

48
New York
103,312
192
19,835,913
Same

49
New Jersey
149,470
62
9,267,130
▲1

50
Rhode Island
156,516
7
1,095,610

▼1

Note: We know that "people per disc golf course" and "disc golf courses per capita" aren't the same thing. We opted to use the "per capita" wording here so that people looking for this information would be likely to find it. We opted to use "people per course" in our table because it's an easier way to visualize the stats' meaning.

Most Disc Golf Courses Added in U.S. States 2020-2022

These states added the most disc golf courses between our last look at per capita numbers and this one (a span of two years):

Rank
State
Disc Golf Courses Gained: 2020-2022

1
Texas
121

2
California
107

3
Michigan
90

4
Pennsylvania
78

T5
North Carolina
67

T5
Virginia
67

7
Wisconsin
65

T8
Colorado
64

T8
Indiana
64

T8
Kansas
64

T11
Illinois
62

T11
Missouri
62

13
Minnesota
60

14
Ohio
57

15
Georgia
55

16
Oklahoma
54

17
Florida
49

T18
Iowa
46

T18
New York
46

20
South Carolina
39

T21
Alabama
36

T21
Nebraska
36

T21
Washington
36

T24
Arkansas
34

T24
Tennessee
34

26
Oregon
29

27
Idaho
28

28
New Mexico
26

29
New Hampshire
24

30
New Jersey
22

T31
Maryland
21

T31
West Virginia
21

T33
Maine
20

T33
Wyoming
20

T35
Louisiana
19

T35
Utah
19

T35
Vermont
19

38
Arizona
18

39
North Dakota
17

T40
Connecticut
16

T40
Kentucky
16

42
South Dakota
15

43
Massachusetts
14

44
Mississippi
12

45
Alaska
8

46
Hawaii
6

47
Montana
5

T48
Nevada
1

T48
Rhode Island
1

50
Delaware
-1

These states added the most disc golf courses between our last look at per capita numbers and this one (a span of two years):

Which U.S. States Have the Most 18-Hole (or More) Disc Golf Courses Per Capita?

We know many disc golfers hold courses with at least 18 holes in higher esteem than those that don't meet that mark. While we believe shorter disc golf courses are extremely important to the growth of the sport and great for quick rounds when time is tight, we still wanted to give those interested a look at which states have the most 18-or-more-hole courses per capita.

You can find the top 10 below:

Rank
State
People Per 18-Hole Disc Golf Course

18-Hole Disc Golf Course Total

Population

1
Vermont
18,987
34
645,570

2
Maine
20,180
68
1,372,247

3
Wyoming
21,437
27
578,803

4
Montana
22,085
50
1,104,271

5
Kansas
22,232
132
2,934,582

6
Iowa
30,410
105
3,193,079

7
Alaska
31,855
23
732,673

8
West Virginia
33,641
53
1,782,959

9
Oklahoma
34,368
116
3,986,639

10
Arkansas
35,599
85
3,025,891

Which U.S. States Have the Most Disc Golf Courses?

Though you could do it yourself based on the stats in the original per capita list, we thought we'd give you an easy time finding out which states have the most total disc golf courses, period.

Here are U.S. states ranked by total number of disc golf courses:

Rank
State
Disc Golf Course Total

1
Texas
640

2
California
491

3
Michigan
444

4
Wisconsin
432

5
Minnesota
399

6
North Carolina
391

7
Iowa
351

8
Illinois
344

9
Kansas
335

10
Ohio
330

11
Colorado
302

12
Pennsylvania
295

13
Missouri
272

14
Indiana
261

T15
Oklahoma
228

T15
Florida
228

17
Tennessee
218

18
Virginia
215

19
Oregon
203

20
Georgia
196

21
New York
192

22
Washington
190

23
South Carolina
162

24
Arkansas
153

25
Alabama
150

26
Nebraska
149

27
Kentucky
141

28
Idaho
137

29
Arizona
124

30
Mississippi
122

31
Utah
117

32
Maine
101

33
West Virginia
98

34
South Dakota
91

35
Massachusetts
90

36
Montana
89

37
New Mexico
86

38
Louisiana
84

39
North Dakota
83

40
Maryland
74

41
New Hampshire
66

T42
Vermont
64

T42
Wyoming
64

44
New Jersey
62

45
Alaska
52

46
Connecticut
51

47
Nevada
38

48
Hawaii
28

49
Delaware
13

50
Rhode Island
7