East Clayton Disc Golf Course

East Clayton Disc Golf CourseThis is one of our newest amenities for one of today's fastest-growing sports! Developed with the help of volunteers and disc golf enthusiasts from the Capital Area Disc Golf League, the East Clayton Disc Golf Course features 18 "holes" under the canopy of the forested area in the eastern corner of East Clayton Community Park. Disc golf (often erroneously referred to as frisbee golf) is a flying disc game, as well as a precision and accuracy sport, in which individual players throw a flying disc at a target. Learn more about the disc golf course. , 1774 Glen Laurel Road


East Clayton Disc Golf Map Opens in new windowThe East Clayton Disc Golf Course was a community project 4 years in the making - a partnership between Town of Clayton Parks and Recreation staff and the volunteers and disc golf enthusiasts of the Capital Area Disc League. Led by Professional Disc Golf Association member Bobby Henn, it is truly their vision, passion, and sharp machetes that carved a canopied oasis

Disc golf (often erroneously referred to as frisbee golf) is a flying disc game, as well as a precision and accuracy sport, in which individual players throw a flying disc at a target. In just eight years (2000 to 2008), the number of disc golf courses doubled, and it continues to increase. The game is played all across the U.S. and in about 40 countries around the world.

Eighteen "holes" wind through the wooded section of East Clayton Community Park on Glen Laurel Road. Disc golf is unique in the way courses are built into existing forested areas. Rather than clearing and leveling fairways like a traditional golf course, disc golf takes full advantage of natural elements, using trees and shrubs as obstacles and elevation changes to make the course challenging. The work to develop this park included a strong emphasis on preserving the many trees, hills, rocks and water elements that make East Clayton Community Park unique, and thus a challenging natural play area. The Town worked diligently to not remove trees that help to serve as an immediate buffer between the park and the residential area of Forest Glen by the Neuse.

How to Play

The object of disc golf is to traverse the course from beginning to end in the fewest throws of the disc. The competitor who plays the round in the fewest total throws (plus penalties) is the winner. Play on each hole begins at the teeing area and ends at the target. After the player has thrown from the tee, each successive throw is made from where the previous throw came to rest.

After completing a hole, the player proceeds to the teeing area of the next hole, until all holes have been played.

The diverse terrain of East Clayton Community park provides natural obstacles to the flight of the disc. These natural obstacles are very much a part of the game and must not be altered by a player in any way to decrease the difficulty of a hole. Players must play the course as they find it and play the disc where it lies.

Course Rules

  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
  • Altering or breaking shrubs and tree limbs is not allowed.
  • Beware of walkers, runners and other park users when throwing near paths.
  • Course is open during regular park hours only.
  • Please adhere to all out-of-bounds and mandatory course rules as indicated on tee signs.
  • Please pick up your trash and help keep the course clean.

Rules of Play

  • East Clayton ScorecardCompletion of a Hole: The hole is completed when the disc is in the basket or supported by the chains.
  • Fairway Throws: Must be made from the lie position. A run-up and follow-through is permitted.
  • Lie: The spot where the disc lands.
  • Mandatory (Mando): All throws must pass to the indicated side of the marker. Throws that pass to the wrong side shall be assessed a 1-stroke penalty and return to the tee pad.
  • Out of Bounds: A throw that lands out of bounds, must be played from a point 3 feet in bounds from where the disc went out of bounds. A 1-stroke penalty is assessed. All out-of-bound areas and any mandatory direction will be indicated on the tee sign.
  • Putt: Within 10 steps of the basket, a player may not step past the lie when attempting a putt throw.
  • Tee Throws: Tee throws must be completed within or behind the designated tee area. Do not throw until the players in front of you are out of range.
  • Throwing Order: Lowest score tees first. After the tee throw, the player whose lie is farthest from the basket throws first.