Last updated April 18, 2010, from previous version of December 23, 1995.

Highland Springs, CA Disc Golf Course

Highland Springs Disc Golf Course is an eighteen hole, mach three, course in Lake County, California, located somewhat between the towns of Kelseyville and Lakeport. Most holes feature five tees: Novice, Professional, Alternate, YAA (yet another alternate), and Impossible.


Highland Springs Disc Golf Course is about a two hour drive north from San Francisco or Berkeley. From San Francisco, use US 101 northbound to SR 175 eastbound (at Hopland) to the junction with SR 29. Continue south on SR 29 to Highland Springs Road. Turn right and continue for about two miles. Parking for the course is on your right. From Oakland, use I-80 East to the junction with SR 37. Take SR 37 west until the junction with SR 29. Take a right on SR 29 and continue north until the left hand turnoff for Highland Springs Road.

Google map directions from nearby courses

(n.b. the course and parking area are 'across the street' from Google map's final destination, on your right)

Along the way

While in Hopland, be sure to visit the Mendocino Brewing Company. SR 29 passes through the Napa Valley for your tasting pleasure. The pleasant hamlet of Kelseyville is big on cute. If you want a deli sandwich, go to Lakeport. It's best to stock up on food and beverage before arriving at the course, as no services aside from public phone and restroom are available.

Hole Descriptions (from Pro tees)

Courtesy of Dan White, formerly of the Mark, Dan, and Jeanette Rohner Band.

We're working on a course map. In the meantime, text, text, and more text, plus a few links to tee signs. Sorry.

  • 1, par 3, 232 ft. Simple, straight fairway lined with trees on all sides -- but, oops...the basket is below and left of the trees.
  • 2 A power right -- heritage oak behind basket guards the front and left approaches with low hanging branches. Ace-able with the 'right' touch.
  • 3 With a fairway that narrows to 20 ft. atop a knoll marking the halfway point, "the hour-glass" surrenders birdies to the accurate drivers time and time again.
  • 4 This gentle uphill dog-leg left is a favorite for rollers.
  • 5 Straight with enough tree limbs to be called "crap-shoot".
  • 6 Narrow, down-sloping dog-left with a low ceiling to boot. The mound on the approach can be used to your advantage.
  • 7 Uphill and guarded with trees. Looks tougher than it plays.
  • 8 I keep expecting to see Errol Flynn standing on the big limb that obstructs the flight path 70 ft. from the tee. Basket is ringed by trees.
  • 9, par 3, 221 ft. Uphill with trouble on right.
  • 10, par 4, 207 ft. Be sure and pop a beer before you launch a drive down this moderate slope. The creek bed near the basket is a penalty waiting to happen.
  • 11, par 5, 441 ft. Longest hole. She's wide open til the end. Plan on threading your putt through a small grove. Fondly refered to as "pin-ball."
  • 12, par 3, 250 ft. Best shot at eagle on the course. Mark Mellin often argues that a windmill in front of the tee might at least diminish the excessive number of aces.
  • 13, par 3, 245 ft. "The dentist's chair" is seldom a pleasant experience. Medium drive with right-to-left downslope. The best angles are all well protected.
  • 14, par 3, 267 ft. Takes a good, long drive. Lots of Manzanita 15-50 ft in front of basket.
  • 15, par 3, 199 ft. If you can throw a roller uphill and left, now would be a good time.
  • 16, par 3, 210 ft. Dubbed "Deja Vu"; you'll think you're still on the 15th!
  • 17, par 3, 250 ft. Offers first of two tee shots across this gulch. On this hole a shot that fades left is trouble.
  • 18 The finishing hole at Highland Springs offers only one realistic shot at duece. The slightly elevated tee faces a gaping gulch with 45 deg. slopes covered with small oaks on the basket-side face. Second shots will be harried by obstacles save for that perfect drive that floats just above the canopy.