Who doesn’t love a nice game of disc golf? There’s really nothing better than a sunny day on the disc golf course. I’m sure if we could, many of us would play every day.
Unfortunately, life gets in the way sometimes. We all have commitments to work, family, friends and ourselves that prevent us from taking an hour or two to play 18 holes. That’s why portable disc golf target baskets are so awesome; they let us bring the sweet satisfaction of nailing a 20-foot putt to our backyards—or anywhere else we desire!
In this review, we’ll discuss four portable disc golf goals. I’ll break down their key features and even note some pros and cons for those of you who don’t want to read the whole thing.
First lets take a look at the portable disc golf targets, then we’ll talk about how to choose one your you.
- Innova DISCatcher Traveler Basket
- Pacific Outdoors Disc Golf Goal
- MVP Black Hole Portable Disc Golf Basket
- InSTEP Outdoor Disc Golf Goals
Here is a feature overview of the targets with full reviews and our buying guide below.
Best Portable Disc Golf Baskets
Disc Golf Basket Reviews
Okay, now that you know a little bit of what you’re looking for, let’s talk about some specific products. We’ve gathered four disparate models that range widely in price, weight and other attributes. Hear us out and decide for yourself which is the best.
As the name implies, this target is ideal for travel. It’s great for taking to the beach, going camping, or simply setting up in your backyard. The DisCatcher is collapsible and light, weighing a mere 15 pounds. It’s quickly and easily set up in a single action. Targets come in red, blue, and yellow, with matching bags.
While the Innova DisCatcher Travel is light, it can withstand moderate winds and uneven surfaces by anchoring into the ground. That said, there is some wobble or kickback when you successfully land a shot due to the target’s low weight.
The DisCatcher provides a close simulation to the real thing—its regulation size and 12 steel chains perfectly simulate a permanent course target, so you can improve your game from the comfort of your backyard or local park.
As far as price goes, this target is actually pretty great, despite being made by an industry leader with high notoriety. It’s on the lower end of targets in this review and is probably the best portable disc golf basket in general.
- Great price
- Lightweight, compact, and perfect for travel
- Very well made
- Head might whip around as you shoot on it
- Travel bag isn’t very durable
Portable and easy to assemble, Pacific Outdoors’ disc golf goal is a solid target for very little money.
The entirety of its construction is made out of metal, which means it can remain outdoors for long periods of time, unlike other models. Despite its metal frame, it’s not unreasonably heavy for a portable target.
One of the deficiencies of this product is its rigid, circular frame, which makes it hard to place the target on ground that isn’t level or flat.
The one downside to the Pacific Outdoors disc golf target is there is only one round of chains, meaning that discs have a higher probability of flying through the chains than on a normal target.
This can be somewhat frustrating, especially if you’re playing seriously instead of just messing around in the backyard. If this really bothers you, you can easily add another set of chains.
The quality to cost ratio on this target is pretty high. In simple terms: it’s a lot of bang for your buck! If you’re looking for a target to set up on a permanent basis, this probably isn’t the one for you. But if you’re looking for the best portable disc golf target, this is the one for you.
- Really low price
- Durable metal won’t rust
- Takes less than 10 minutes to set up
- Comes with three discs
- Only one set of chains
- Doesn’t come with anchors
- While it is portable, it isn’t as easy to move around as some of the collapsible targets
The Black Hole Pro is meant to simulate a course target in the closest manner possible. It comes with 24 zinc-coated chains—12 inner and 12 outer—that reduce the problems of “cut-throughs” and “pole bounces.”
The specs on this model are completely in line with regulation disc golf baskets. Target diameter is 25.5 inches, and the diameters of the outer and inner chains are 21 inches and 15 inches, respectively.
Though the Black Hole Pro is a portable target, its design helps it feel more like the real thing. At 25 pounds, it’s a pretty sturdy model. All construction is metal, and all joints in the target are welded together. Despite all of this, it takes roughly a minute to set up, according to the manufacturer, and requires no tools to set up.
One thing about the Black Hole Pro is that it only comes in black, which isn’t exactly ideal for playing in the woods. It also doesn’t come with a wind-revealing flag, so its visibility leaves a little to be desired, I suppose.
Another drawback of this particular target is its price. It’s more than twice as expensive as the Pacific Outdoors target we talked about earlier. That said, if you’re intent on replicating the feeling of playing on an actual course, you can’t do any better than this.
- Incredibly realistic feel
- Very durable and high quality construction
- Easily assembled
- Visibility could be better
- Limited color choice
- On the heavy side; best for semi-permanent setups
The last portable target we’re going to discuss is the DG200. It stands out among the others in this review for its weight: 40 pounds.
It’s roughly six feet high from the ground to the top of the flagpole, but it comes with an adjustable height to make it more palatable to smaller players. At 28 inches, its diameter is slightly wider than the conventional disc golf goal.
Like the other targets we’ve reviewed, it’s quickly and easily set up. the DG200 has three quick-release pins that make setup an easy affair. Its relatively compact as well.
This target is weather resistant, being constructed of galvanized steel. It’s a good thing, too; at 40 pounds, moving this thing inside during a storm might get a little annoying.
Like the previous two models, it stands on a circular platform, but doesn’t anchor into the ground. Similar to the Pacific Outdoors goal, it only has one set of chains, which can be a hindrance if you’re looking for a real-world feel to practice on.
Aside from its weight, the most notable property of this target is its price. It might be the least expensive portable target out there, and I think is the best disc golf basket for the money you can find.
- Simple to set up
- Very affordable
- One set of chains
How To Choose A Disc Golf Target Basket
As always, the ideal product is going to depend on what you’re interested in. With that in mind, here are some generally important things to watch out for when buying a goal.
Does It Feel Realistic?
If you care about having an authentic feel to your disc golf goal (probably because you want to practice on something resembling a regulation target) you should pay attention to its dimensions. You can check out PDGA standards here.
Another thing that will influence how closely it resembles a regulation is the number of chains a goal has. Regulation goals have 24 chains—12 outside, six middle, six inside—which are what keeps discs from shooting through them. The weight of the chains is also important for obvious reasons.
If you’re not looking to emulate a traditional goal, you should be aware of the existence of intentionally narrow goals. The point here is to practice your aim on a less forgiving target, thereby improving your accuracy and preparing for the real thing.
How Portable Do You Need It to Be?
There’s a great range of weight among portable disc golf targets. Some are designed to be brought anywhere and can fit in a backpack. Others are on the larger side and too heavy to carry for a far distance.
Goals that are entirely constructed from metal tend to be heavier and bulkier. The upside is that they also tend to be more stable and resilient to the force of Frisbees colliding into them. “Hybrid” goals—those constructed from mixed materials, such as metal and mesh fabrics—are lighter and more easily brought from one location to the next, but aren’t as durable and can’t be left outside for long periods of time.
Some people are interested in portable goals but don’t necessarily plan on moving them around a bunch. These people should look for heavier metal models, while others, who want to take their goals to picnics or on camping trips, should opt for hybrid models. The Innova DISCatcher Traveler is the best example of a portable target.
Okay, that’s all for this review. Enjoy your new target, should you decide to buy one!