Free disc golf in Madison parks has gone the way of the wooden club shaft and golf shoe tassels.

When the two disc golf courses open this spring in Hiestand Park and Elver Park, players will have to pay $5 a day or $40 for an annual pass, according to a news release from the Madison Parks Division.

The fees are for players 17 and older; players 16 or younger still will play for free.

The fees will be used for upkeep and maintenance on the popular courses.

"The courses are showing the wear and tear of increased usage," the release said. "In order to improve the quality of the courses and the amenities, such as benches, tee boxes and turf maintenance, a pay to play permit will be required."

The courses currently are closed because of the soggy turf, thanks to frost coming out of the ground, melting snow and heavy rain.

The courses are expected to open when the other athletic fields in Madison parks open.

Permits are sold at the Madison Parks Division office, Room 104 in the City-County Building, at Glide, a disc golf pro shop on the East Side, at Play It Again Sports on the West Side and here.

Permits also will be sold at kiosks at the two disc golf courses when the courses open.

Dane County Parks also charges a fee for the disc golf courses in the county system at Token Creek Park and in Lake Farm Park.

The county charges $8 a day, $48 a year and $170 for a full day tournament (six tourneys allowed a year).

Bill Novak is a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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(4) comments


Can we please have an option that works as a "use pass" that covers cross country skiing, the frolf courses, the dog parks and the bike paths? I am willing to plunk down $100 per year to cover me for my dogs and the things I like to do in the parks, but this is getting out of hand here. I mean, I also pay $4000 per year in property taxes and I don't mind paying to play, but this is getting to become a burden for guys like me that like to use the parks.

Can the city please consider an option like that? Pretty please?


It's easy to avoid paying, which will continue I'm sure


When will Madison Parks Division start charging for the air people breathe in the parks.


Sure would be nice if they could make 1 permit work for all 4 courses near Madison

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