Not everybody has a disc golf course they can play right in their back yard.
What if you want to set up your own course in a vacant field, or have a basket to practice putting during your breaks at work. There are portable disc golf baskets available for sale, and here are some links to buy them. We hope to try a few more, and offer more reviews, but for now, here are just some links to help you by the least expensive disc golf baskets on the market.
Cheapest Disc Golf Baskets
Black Hole Practice Basket
MVP Disc sports recently entered the disc golf basket market, and have a good line of different portable baskets of different quality. The least expensive of them, The Black Hole practice is only $119.95 at Infinite Discs
While not course quality, this basket is more than adequate for putting practice and for temporary courses. It has a full set of two rows of chains that are moderately heavy. The chain configuration keeps discs from flying through and
If you want something even more, there are several other Black hole basket options of slightly higher quality.
Even the higher end Black Hole Pro HD is still rather affordable at just $174.95.
DGA Mach 14:
The DGA Mach 14 is another inexpensive portable disc golf basket. It costs more than the Pacific Outdoors thing, is not as colorful, doesn’t have a flag on top, and doesn’t come with three crappy discs. This basket was built with more quality, has great reviews, and will probably last a lot longer.
The 14 chains on the M-14 are positioned at two different levels, seven on the outside, and seven on an inside rung. It’s not a full standard basket, but does a really nice job of catching your putts. Only the occasional accurate throw falls through the chains. For backyard practice putts, this is a great basket. It’s also good if you want to take it to the park, your workplace, or set up a portable course as its super easy to assemble and take apart. The M-14 basket has snap and pull buttons and separates into four parts. It weighs just 25 pounds, so it’s light and manageable.
When it comes to quality, ultra-portable baskets, this is a great one. The DGA Mach Lite looks good, performs well, and is super easy to set up and store. The Mach Lite is light weight (about 25 pounds) and includes a handy carrying bag that easily fits in your trunk. This folding basket is made with a quality canvas and has 16 chains. Despite the fact that it folds and stores so easily, the catching area on this basket is comparable to permanent baskets. It’s a few bucks more than the Mach 14, but the better choice if you plan to be packing and moving it around often.
Here is a link to purchase this portable basket with fee shipping and for a great price.
The Discmania Lite basket is a unique basket that is indeed, very light. Unlike most disc golf basktes that have vertical changes only, the Discmania Lite also has a set of horizontal chains that prevent a putter from sliding vertical and blowing through. Compared to a normal course basket, the feel of putting on a Discmania Lite is substantially different. Because it’s so light, this is not a basket that I would want to keep set up permanently in my back yard.
The main point of a practice basket is to give you a target to practice throwing at. In this regard, the Discmania Lite does the job as good as any other portable basket. The super lite weight is also nice if you plan on regularily moving it around, and the price point is as good as it gets when it comes to portable baskets that aren’t just going to fall apart on you.
Lightning DB-5 Disc Golf Basket
Lightning Golf Discs makes a high quality, disc golf basket. You’re going to have to pay more than $200 for this one, but compared to some of the other brands of similar quality, this basket is a deal. The DB-5 has 18 galvanized chains (4 more than the M-14) and weighs 51 pounds (twice as much). While this basket is portable, it is a heavy duty basket that can be used for a permanent hole.
Cheapest Baskets (That we do not recommend)
Park & Sun Portable Disc Golf Basket
We got this cheap disc golf basket for my father in law for Fathers Day from Costco. It was by far the least expensive thing on the market, and was around $70. It comes with a colorful basket, and three of the lowest quality golf discs you’ll ever see. Initially, everything seemed to work just fine — if you don’t mind having a high percentage of your putts blow through. The basket has only one layer of chains around the outside edge and even perfect putts fall through and miss.
After leaving this basket outside for a few weeks it got slightly rusted inside and broke.
Inexpensive, but obviously not the best quality, especially if you plan to leave it outside. If all you want is a target to practice putting in, and will keep it away from the elements, then this might last you a few months.
This basket is only in stock at Costco during the spring. That is by far the cheapest way to get a disc golf basket.
Instep Pacific Outdoors
The Pacific Outdoors Disc Golf Goal is the cheapest disc golf basket you can by online. For less than a hundred bucks you can get this basket delivered to your doorstep. A few of the local disc golfers in our league own these baskets and bring them to our league play where we set up temporary holes. Nobody likes putting on these baskets as the tray is super shallow and putts regularly spit through or bounce out. While the Instep baskets seems to be much better quality than the Park & Sun portable baskets, you can tell that they weren’t designed and tested by disc golfers who regularly play the game.
These baskets are also not PDGA approved, so if you ever plan to host a PDGA league or tournament using temp baskets, you won’t be able to use the Instep.