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Disc Golf CourseThe Montana State University-Northern campus is the home of an 18-hole Disc Golf Course and students may check out discs and scorecards with maps at the Student Union Information Desk with a current MSU-Northern ID.
Disc’s may also be purchased at the MSU-Northern Bookstore or on their website.
Disc Golf Course Constructed by Tucker Montgomery and other students and Faculty
Tucker Montgomery was a former MSU-Northern student from 1999-2001. During his time at Northern, Tucker belonged to the Alternative Outdoor Sports club that was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the MSU-Northern Folf Course. "This project started off as a hope of a few students sitting around dreaming of what could make the campus a better place to be; after jumping through a lot of bureaucratic hoops and political boundaries, we got it to happen" stated AOS President, Ryan Gerhauser. (Northern Light-April 12, 2000) Tucker was one of the welders for the disc golf baskets on the then 9-hole course.
The other students who belonged to the Alternative Outdoor Sports Club were Trygve "Spike" Magelssen, Toby Stack, Mik Gratzer, Ryan Gerhauser, Shalon Denson, Lindsay Atwell, Rhonda Tadej, Jason Petkovich and Sam Horpestad. Professor Virgil Hawkinson helped with the design and building of the baskets. Philip Sunberg, Scott Bryson and Professor Darryl Thackeray painted the baskets. A lot of preparation went into this project from its inception. The layout took many games and walk-throughs to successfully design the course; which was fun work, playing while laying out the course.
Tucker Montgomery was killed in an automobile accident in 2001.
The course was redesigned by former students Trent Noel & Casey Kenyon with assistance from Tom Welch. The ASMSUN Student Senate purchase new baskets in 2017.
Disc Golf Rules & Regulations
This is an abbreviated list of disc golf rules. For a complete, and rather lengthy list of all disc golf rules, please visit the
- BE EARTH CONSCIOUS: DON’T LITTER!
- Disc Golf is played like ball golf using a flying disc. One stroke is counted for
each throw or penalty.
- Tee throws must be completed within the designated tee areas. Stepping outside of
the designated tee area once the disc is released (on a follow through) is acceptable.
- After teeing off, the player whose disc is farthest from the hole always throws first.
The player with the least number of throws on the previous hole tees off first on
the next hole.
- Fairway throws must be made with the foot closest to the hole on the front edge of
the previous throw’s line.
- A run-up and normal follow through, after release, is allowed for throws more that
30 feet from the hole. Inside 30 feet, the player cannot step past the point of his
line until the disc has landed.
- A disc that comes to rest inside the disc hole basket or chains, constitutes successful
completion of the hole. A disc that comes to rest on top of the basket does not constitute
a successful putt.
- Any disc that comes to rest more that six feet above the ground is considered unplayable.
The disc must be thrown from the ground directly below the disc, and a one-point penalty
- A throw that lands out of bounds must be played from the point where the disc went
out of bounds, and a one-point penalty is incurred. Normal out-of-bounds hazards include
water, roads, pavilions, walkways, etc.
- Never throw until the fairway ahead is clear of players and park guests.