Where Does Iowa Rank For Interest in Disc Golf?

Where Does Iowa Rank For Interest in Disc Golf?

The Hawkeye State has played an important role in fueling the rapid growth and popularity of one of America’s fastest-growing sports - Disc Golf.

The sport’s accessibility, affordability, and emphasis on active outdoor recreation are crucial factors behind its success, inviting diverse participation from all age groups and skill levels.

Not to mention, Iowa’s scenic and vast landscape across the state offers ample opportunities for residents to explore a variety of disc golf courses, promoting and encouraging an active community of partakers.

The Hawkeye State currently hosts 20 DGPA (Disc Golf Pro Tour) events, ranging from Tier A through Tier C level competitions, according to the website’s events map. In all, the DGPA has established 233 events globally, highlighted by 11 PDGA Majors (one European), 16 DGPT Elite Series (one European), 11 Euro Tour A-Tier, and 172 North American A-Tier competitions. 

This rise of professional and amateur events throughout the United States has pushed the sport to new heights.

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With National Disc Golf Day arriving on Aug. 5 and the excitement around disc golf over the past few years, IowaBets.com took a break from Iowa sports betting and decided to look at which states across the United States are themost interested in disc golf.

IowaBets.com used two combined data points to develop the ranking of the 50 US States from most to least into disc golf. We utilized Professional Disc Golf Association’s Course Directory to find the most disc golf course per capita in each state. 

Then we measured Google Trend’s search interest of the “Disc Golf Near Me” over a 12-month span (from Aug. 1, 2022 to Aug. 1, 2023).

Points were rewarded from 50 to 1 based on the states’ ranking in each category.

States Most Interested in Disc Golf

Rank, State Courses Per Capita Search Interest Total Points
T1. Kansas 50 42 92
T1. Vermont 45 47 92
3. Maine 40 50 90
T4. Wisconsin 43 46 89
T4. Iowa 49 40 89
6. Minnesota 44 43 87
7. Oregon 33 48 81
8. Montana 42 38 80
T9. Colorado 34 45 79
T9. Michigan 30 49 79
11. Idaho 38 33 71
12. Missouri 31 39 70
13. North Carolina 28 41 69
14. Oklahoma 37 30 67
15. Arkansas 35 30 65

Where Does the Hawkeye State Rank?

As mentioned earlier, the demand for disc golf is prevalent in the Hawkeye State, as Iowa currently has the second-highest number of disc golf courses per capita on this list, behind only Kansas’ 50. Iowa also nets 40 search interest points, helping the state rank fourth among America’s Most Disc Golf Loving States, tied with neighboring Wisconsin.

Iowa joins Wisconsin, Maine, Vermont, and Kansas to complete the top five most disc golf-obsessed states in America. Kansas and Vermont are tied in first, each with 92 total points. 

Disc Golf might be considered most relevant throughout the Midwest, as six states (Kansas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, and Missouri) make up this Top 15 list.

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Felix Veletanga

Felix Veletanga is an experienced reporter who has covered local news, politics, and sports in Northern New Jersey, and now lends his expertise to the Iowa sports betting market.