Disc Golfing in Madison County, North Carolina

Mars Hill University Campus Disc Golf Sanctuary

Cascade Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754


Looking for a way to spend a beautiful day by yourself or with friends or family, walking through the beautiful Mars Hill University Campus? The campus is one of the few places in western North Carolina with a disc golf course –The Mars Hill University Disc Golf Sanctuary. Or, if you just want to toss a disc for fun, you can go to Blanahassett Island in Marshall and practice at the four “hole” set up there.

Disc golfing got started in the 1970s, combining the basic elements of ball golf and Frisbee and is what you might guess: a round of golf played with a flying disc (instead of a ball) that’s directed toward a basket (instead of a cup). The object is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws.

The game is played on a 9- or 18-hole course by throwing a weighted disc, slightly smaller than a Frisbee, over fairways with the object of sinking it into special metal baskets. Courses are usually in forested areas and use the trees, hills and other natural terrain to make the game more challenging. The Mars Hill University Disc Golf Sanctuary winds its way through the Mars Hill University campus, a beautiful setting. So, just like ball golf, you need to remember not to hit a tree, land in a creek, or get lost in the underbrush.

The disc has evolved from the basic Frisbee at its start into a weighted disc which can be purchased locally at the Mars Hill University Bookstore. The disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole.” The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole, an elevated metal basket. Just as in ball golf as a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. Finally, when the “putt” lands in the basket, the hole is completed.

The best part of the game is that it’s eco-friendly, and you don’t even have to know the rules to enjoy a pleasurable round with family or friends. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it’s sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are no greens fees at Mars Hill University Disc Golf Sanctuary, you won’t need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad “tee time.” It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female.

If you get serious about the game, there are tournaments and champions. In fact, in Madison County, we are proud to claim Ted Williams of Hot Springs, writer, an artist, and an elder from the Tuscarora tribe in the Iroquois nation in New York State who is also disc golf world champion in the Legends age division.

You can pick up a score card (FREE) from the Mars Hill University Bookstore on Main Street in Mars Hill or print a copy Scorecard for Mars Hill University Course or print a copy of the Disc Golf-Course at MHU.