South Carolina is renowned worldwide for its golf courses – more than 360 across the state – but not everyone who loves golf uses a dimpled ball and a set of clubs.
For those who prefer tossing a plastic Frisbee-style disc at a target, disc golf is the perfect way to spend an afternoon outdoors. Courses wind through wooded areas or across open fields, with players hurling specialized discs at mounted chain-link baskets, which serve as the “cups.”
South Carolina has 67 locations and 73 courses for fans to test their skills. Check here for a list.
Another booming “alt sport,” especially for lovers of soccer, is FootGolf. A number of traditional golf courses, searching for ways to attract more customers, now welcome players on designated holes.
FootGolf is played with a regulation No. 5 soccer ball on shortened holes using 21-inch diameter cups. Rules largely conform to the Rules of Golf, and the sport is played around the world. US players are governed by the American FootGolf League (www.afgl.us/courses.html), which organizes and runs tournaments nationwide.
Here are the top-rated public disc golf facilities by Disc Golf Scene, and all seven FootGolf course in South Carolina in 2016.
South Carolina's 16 best disc golf courses:
Carolina Adventure World, Winnsboro, est. 2011 (18 holes)
Chester State Park (long course/18 holes; short course/18 holes), est. 2013
Crooked Creek Par, Chapin (club course/9 holes, main course/18 holes), est. 1996
Grand Central Station, Central, est. 2012 (18 holes)
Hampton Park, Charleston (18 holes)
Hippodrome, North Augusta (Old Glory, 20 holes; Hogback, est. 2007, 20 holes; Headrick Hills, est. 2012, 20 holes; Monday Woods, est. 2012, 20 holes)
Langley Pond Disc Golf Park, Langley, est. 2015 (18 holes)
River Chase Golf Club, Union, est. 2010 (18 baskets)
Sergeant Jasper Park, Hardeeville, est. 2007 (18 holes)
Sertoma Field, Walhalla, est. 2008 (18 holes)
South East Park, Columbia, est. 2012 (18 holes)
Timmons Park, Greenville, est. 1999 (18 holes)
Trophy Lakes, Charleston/Johns Island, est. 2003 (18 holes)
Va-Du-Mar Park, Boiling Springs, est. 2006 (18 holes/19 baskets)
Winthrop University, Rock Hill (Lakefront, est. 1988, 18 holes; Gold Championship, est. 2001, 18 holes)
York Middle School, York (18 holes)
South Carolina's FootGolf courses:
Tupelo Bay Golf Center, Garden City
Heritage Golf Port Royal, Hilton Head Island
Wrenwoods Golf Course, Joint Base – Charleston Air Force Base
Harbour View Golf, Little River
Whispering Pines Golf Course, Myrtle Beach
Oconee Country Club, Seneca
Carolina Lakes Golf Course, Shaw Air Force Base