Riverbend Park Disc Golf Course is a free, 18-hole course located in Smithville, TX.
The course was originally designed as a 9-hole course with funding provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department through the Smithville Parks and Recreation Department. The course was designed by two long time disc golfers, Denis McGinness and Randy Lanier, along with Parks and Rec Director Andis Goble and Patrick Caballero.
As parks director Andis was able to move the project forward with effective project management and a ton of skills, including running the tractor to dig holes for the baskets. Volunteers like Parker Farrar joined together to place the first nine Innova baskets in December 2008.
The course was designed to challenge novice players and be an interesting and skill-sharpening course for advanced players.
By 2010 the course had beckoned many locals to take up the sport and gotten noticed by veteran players who had moved into the area. The popularity generated interest in expanding the course, which led to the formation of the Smithville Disc Golf Association.
The SDGA and Parks and Recreation Department embarked on an ambitious project in 2011-12 to expand the course through the towering pecans, sycamores and oaks along the Colorado River and throughout the park. The initiative was funded by businesses and individuals in the Smithville and Bastrop area.
Please note that Riverbend Park is also used for large events like Jamboree and the Thunder on the Colorado biker rally, which closes most of the course when these events are underway. Jamboree is always the weekend after Easter and Thunder is is early March. Watch the calender of Facebook page for schedules.