Oak Grove Disc Golf Course – La Cañada Flintridge, California - Atlas Obscura

Oak Grove Disc Golf Course

Hahamonga Watershed Park

The world's first disc golf course has the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a neighbor. 

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In 1974 Ed Headrick, the developer of the original disc golf hole, approached the county of Los Angeles’s Parks and Recreation Department with an idea to develop the world’s first permanent disc golf course. Before this, Headrick’s “courses” were largely chosen at random. Groups of people would pick objects such as trees or benches and play it a they went along. But with the county’s approval, the game was about to get more official.

Hahamonga Watershed Park was chosen as the site for the course. The course weaves its way through the park, with shots going around trees and into bushes. The park became a model for how future courses would be developed. One key feature (and a staple of disc golf) of the course is that it is entirely free to play, and often you’ll see a mix of families and players “teeing” off, or even just playing 8-9 holes between soccer. 

On the weekends, a disc golf seller will set up in the park.

Know Before You Go

 The course is located in the lower part of the park. The entrance to the park is off Oak Grove Drive.

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