Disc Golf Course
By N. Haveman
CRAZY IDEAS THAT JUST MIGHT WORK. This is the title of a series of stories/ideas on what could be done in Gallup. For several months (if we’re really creative), we are going to put forth some ideas we think would benefit our community. The ideas we showcase will always be for the good of Gallup . . . at least what we think is good for Gallup. Some of the ideas may be, as my grandpa says, “from way out in left field.” And some ideas may be fairly easy to both conceptualize and complete. We aren’t asking that all of these happen – just that we open a dialogue to continually move Gallup forward.
Let me say that I have many different locations in mind for a disc golf course. I chose to present the Second Street Dam area because it has SO MUCH potential. I envision all sorts of possibilities for the City Property to the east of 2nd Street. Certainly some walking trails, benches and picnic tables, but I can also see a beautiful area for a disc golf course. With a very small investment, we could put in a course that community members of all ages could use.
I love the idea of getting folks out into the natural areas within our community and a disc golf course would be one more way to do just that. Here’s what you need for a course: #1- Space (the more the better), #2 -Targets (I’d like to use the Pole Hole® design, shown), #3- Discs (either Frisbees or disc golf discs work).
It’s a very inexpensive form of exercise and fun. Communities all over our great state and country have disc golf courses and I think it’s high time we got one of our own. As I said earlier, folks of all ages play disc golf, but the major demographic of people that play disc golf are 12- to 20-year-olds (at least according to my lack of research).
And we always hear that there’s “nothing to do in Gallup.” Well, that can change with this disc golf course. It would give our community one more way to give our students, children, friends and families “something to do.”
To give you more of a technical idea of what disc golf is, I pulled the following from the Professional Disc Golf Association website (www.pdga.com) – and, yes there really is such a thing!
What is Disc Golf?
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970s, and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole.” The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® – an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it’s sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won’t need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad “tee time.” It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.