TEvergreen State College (Evergreen) brings the broader community to its leafy campus in many ways. One is outdoor recreation opportunities like the Olympia College’s disc golf course, which is open to students, non-students, casual players, serious competitors and even professionals.
Partnership between Evergreen and South Puget Sound Disc Golf Association
Evergreen State College’s disc golf course is the result of a community partnership with the South Puget Sound Disc Golf Association (SPSDGA). “It started with nine holes,” says John Anderson, SPSDGA President and local Staff Pro at Olympia’s PackEx Disc Golf store, which sells discs. The SPSDGA promotes disc golf, builds and supervises courses. The SPSDGA and the College established the Evergreen Disc Golf Course and the SPSDGA maintains it. “It went 18 holes about four years ago and it took a long time to get it into playing shape,” says Anderson. “It was a long process.”
“The community built this,” adds Anderson. “And it was a good thing for college. It’s another thing that students have to do.”
Evergreen disc golf course features
The disc golf course at Evergreen State College has baskets near the athletic fields and in the nearby old growth forest. Copyright: Nancy Krier
Disc golf is like traditional golf, but instead of using a club to hit balls into holes in the ground, a player throws plastic discs down the course into raised chain-link baskets. Typically, players must also maneuver the discs through trees. In fact, the reported motto for disc golf is: “That was perfect! Except this tree.”
Evergreen’s 18-hole advanced golf course is over 7,000 feet in length and is located near the college athletic fields. The par 57 course runs through old growth forest and open fields with some long fairways and some slight elevation changes. This course has three par 4 holes, the rest are par 3 holes.
The Evergreen course offers a few other features as well. One of these is the ability for players to use the UDisc app, an application that not only finds courses, leagues and scores, but also tracks stats and measures shots. Another bonus is a treasure box conveniently located on the site, with a concrete walkway leading to it. Golfers can throw other players’ lost discs into the box. Players looking for their missing discs can contact PackEx Disc Golf, where the lost discs will be stored for a period of time.
Evergreen State College’s disc golf course is for all players
Ryan Harp and Mary-Charlotte Grayson recently relocated to Olympia from New Mexico and they love disc golf. They discovered the disc golf course at Evergreen State College. Copyright: Nancy Krier
The course is open for free – no fee – casual play. Ryan Harp and Mary-Charlotte Grayson recently moved to Olympia. As new community members, they said that one of the fun places they wanted to check out was Evergreen’s disc golf course because they played that sport when they lived in New Mexico. And casual player and Washington State University graduate Olympian Alexander Johnson also enjoys the space for rest breaks when he’s back home. He agrees that the Evergreen disc golf course’s intermediate to advanced rating is accurate, especially with the surrounding forest. “As a casual player, I’d say that while it’s a nice course and the grounds are well maintained, it’s certainly challenging,” says Johnson.
The Evergreen course is also home to disc golf competitions of varying difficulty, which generally have a fee to enter. These events bring competitors and even professionals. SPSDGA sponsors a weekly Evergreen Doubles there. These doubles take place on Sundays at 9am all year round. Events sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association, such as the women’s Summertime Fling at Evergreen, the Evergreen Equinox, and the South Sound Classic are also held on the college course. And the PackEx Cup disc golf championship also uses Evergreen’s course.
Learn more about Evergreen’s Disc Golf Course
Family members John Anderson and middle school student Nixon Anderson at the 17th hole at Evergreen State College’s disc golf course. SPSDGA President John scored an ace (hole-in-one) on this basket during the South Sound Classic. Copyright: Nancy Krier
If you want to preview the 18 holes of Evergreen disc golf course, watch this video. A course schedule is also available online.
To drive to the course, take the Evergreen Parkway exit off US 101. Turn left onto Overhulse Road for 1.8 miles, then left onto Fireweed Drive. There is a gravel parking lot on the left. The course is opposite the gravel course and a few hundred yards down the path to the right side of the field. The first teeing ground is near the stands of the football field.
Parking is free on weekends and holidays monitored by the college. On all other days you have to pay for parking. You can pay through a portal or an app on your phone. Some campus parking lots have payment kiosks or coin-operated timers. More information can be found on the university’s parking lot website.
For more information on Evergreen’s many recreational opportunities, visit Evergreen State College’s website.