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.
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
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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