Saturday, April 7, 2012

Disc Golf in the Tahoe-Truckee area

The sport of disc golf has seen annual double digit growth rates over the past decade.  Disc golf is played with rules similar to golf.  Players throw a disc from the tee pad to a final destination which is a basket on a pole.  The object of the game is to complete the course with the fewest number of throws.
The flying discs used for golf are specialized for certain flying characteristics. Discs are made for a variety of distances, as well as close-in work called “putters”.  Most of these discs are smaller and denser than the “Frisbee” used for recreation.  The Wham-O Corporation still makes the old Frisbee that’s been around since 1957, as well as various new disc golf designs.

The Professional Disc Golf Association is the governing body for professional disc golfers.  Their membership includes several people from the Lake Tahoe/Reno area.  The Reno Disc Golf Association puts on the Sierra Tahoe Series disc golf tournament, which includes 7 stops at area courses. The series opener was held April 7 at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael course.  The next event will be May 5 in Dayton, Nevada.  Anyone can compete.  There are separate divisions depending on skill level.
This is a list of the local disc golf courses:
Truckee River Regional Park, Truckee.  http://tdrpd.com/regional_park.html
Squaw Valley, High Camp @ Squaw.  http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=4052
North Tahoe Regional Park, Tahoe Vista.  http://northtahoeparks.com/north-tahoe-regional-park.php

North Tahoe Lyons DGC, Incline Village. http://www.inclinerecreation.com/outdoor_recreation/disc_golf
Rancho San Rafael, Reno.  http://renodiscgolfassociation.webs.com/
Bijou Park, South Lake Tahoe. http://www.cityofslt.us/index.aspx?nid=298

The following video shows what disc golf is all about.

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