North Tahoe residents give two cents on disc golf course
October 16, 2006
The goal of disc golf enthusiasts and North Tahoe Public Utility District officials was realized Sunday afternoon, and it was realized quickly.
Within the first hour of the Design a Course Disc Golf Challenge and barbecue, held at North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista Sunday afternoon, $6,000 had been raised ” enough to complete the $6,000 match grant supplied by the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation.
The project is almost ready to launch, said utility district Parks and Facilities Manager Kathy Long, who was on hand at Sunday’s event cooking up burgers and sausages.
Long said the course will cost approximately $15,000, and it could be complete by later this fall or next spring, depending on delivery time and weather.
Lane Lewis, owner of the Old Brockway Golf Course and chairman of the North Tahoe Public Utility District board donated thick rubber mats that will serve as the tee areas for the course. With the mats, rather than concrete, the utility district won’t have to apply for permits from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
With big names in the disc golf world on hand at the barbecue to consult on course design, Tahoe Vista has the chance to become a world class course, said Kevin McDermott, chair of the recreation commission.
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McDermott cited the natural assets of the regional park, as well as the views of Lake Tahoe from the area of the park where the course would go as the “perfect place for a course.”
With courses in Bijou, Kirkwood and Truckee – an 18 hole championship caliber course in Tahoe Vista would make the Tahoe area ideal for world class tournaments, McDermott said.
Some attendees at Sunday’s meeting requested beginning baskets in addition to advanced holes as well as designated trails so that players don’t trample through the underbrush.
Andy Levy of Kings Beach said he was excited to have the course within walking distance of his house.
While Levy was a self described “disc golf virgin” before taking advantage of the loner discs on hand at the event, he said he was having a good time tossing the discs around and was happy to have the course coming in.
“It’ll be good to have in the backyard,” Levy said of the course.