The Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club offers courses for players of all levels


Owner Michael Lambert stands in the Pro Shop, a converted 1957 Spartan travel trailer. (Photos by Zara Flores / Community Impact Newspaper)

What was once just trees and brush in the middle of the hills a few miles from Texas State University is now 25 acres of disc golf courses, campgrounds, games and more.

Michael Lambert, owner and operator of the Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club and a former State of Texas, quit his day job over seven years ago and invested his savings to turn a fond family memory into reality. When he was younger, Lambert and his family played disc golf and camped on a course in Wimberley. He, his family and his team have worked since the start of the project in 2014 to introduce the sport to others.

It took about two years for the facility to be operational after clearing the paths for both yards. The two courses are 18 holes but have different levels of difficulty.

The smaller course, the ‘putt-putt’ course as Lambert calls it, takes around 45 minutes to an hour to complete and features unique sculptures and works of art meant to serve as obstacles.

“The putt-putt class is ideal for introducing children and beginners and keeping them entertained without taking a lot of time,” he said.

The larger course takes around two hours, depending on the number of players and their skill level.

Due to the length of the course and the property, Lambert noted that some players will play for fun but also for health benefits.

“You’re outside hiking in the woods, but you throw a frisbee along the way,” he said. Not only that, but especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, its installation and sport in general have experienced a huge commercial boom, he added, with people looking for outdoor activities in which the social distancing is possible. In addition to the two disc golf courses, the 25 acres of land is also home to a children’s play area, other games such as pétanque and cornhole, a three-story observation tower and open campgrounds. all year.

Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club

3115 Hilliard Road, San Marcos

737-266-3990

www.fadgc.com

Hours: every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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