Discgolf course gets a face lift
August 21, 2003
Truckee resident Paul Dillon came up with the idea to bring disc golf to the Town of Truckee; the Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District agreed this was a good idea, and put up the funding to build the course.
Five years later, Dillon has another idea.
“We need to keep the natural integrity of the course alive,” Dillon said. “We need to get involved in environmental control of the course.”
Last week the TDRPD once again agreed with Dillon and a number of other disc golfers and granted $25,000 for the repair and restoration of the Truckee disc golf course.
The major issues for concern at the disc golf course are erosion and plant relief. In order to preserve the course for years to come, a few aspects of playing the course must change.
At hole No. 1, a new sign will inform players of the course’s environmental issues.
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A sage or plant relief rule will go into affect with the completion of the new sign. This rule states if a player is, “playing from a position that may damage the sage (or other plants), a player should take up to three feet to either side of, or behind the disc, but no closer to the hole.” This rule is not intended to help the player’s lie, but rather to help the plants on the course to continue to grow.
“We don’t want to end up with a high desert course with no vegetation,” Dillon said.
The sign at hole No. 1 will also encourage players to, “use existing trails whenever possible.” This rule will slow down the continuing erosion problems facing many of the holes.
“People should take the time to look at established trails and see how nice it looks around it,” Dillon said.
The major differences in the course will occur at holes 8, 9 and 10. New tee box signs at these holes will identify out of bound areas. The O.B. area on hole No. 8 will be separated by 260 feet of cowboy fencing. On hole No. 9 will be clearly marked with 400 feet of cowboy fencing, and hole No. 10 will be marked with 270 feet of cowboy fencing. Anything to the left of the fence is out of bounds. The player will then take the designated shanker trail down to retrieve their disc, add a throw to their score, carry their disc back to the point it went over the fence and throw from their.
The new fences on holes 8,9 and 10 are being added to help stop the erosion problem threatening the hole’s fairways.
“The fencing will not interfere with play, they will be built to provide the biggest possible fairway.”
Players can currently see where the fence is going to be located by looking for white slashes of spray paint lining the three holes.
Instead of players tramping down any area of the hillside and climbing up in the same fashion, which harms vegetation on the hillside, players are asked to stick to the new layout.
“The fence will have designated openings with clearly defined trails leading down to the Legacy Trail and safe climbs back up,” Dillon said. “This will be better for the hillside.”
In addition to the set trails, the hillside on these holes will be re-hydro seeded. Hydro seed helps weeds and plants to grow, and in turn it helps keep the topsoil in place.
Other improvements include re-hydro seeding and laying wood chips on hole No. 6. Hole No. 3 will receive 100 feet of cowboy fencing with one designated opening and trail leading to hole No. 4. Hole No. 4 will receive trail maintenance and some hydro seeding. Hole No. 7 is set to receive heavy pine needle mulching and wood chipping along with glass raking.
The fences are set to go in anytime prior to Oct. 15.
“Our parks and rec. department gets things done,” Dillon said. “They use funds to provide recreation to the community.
“When your talking about protecting the course it really comes down to four basic things: trails, signs, hydro seeding and fencing,” Dillon said.
“The signs will really help, but word of mouth always spreads the word faster,” he added.
The disc golf course is intended to bring fun, free recreation to the entire community, so please adhere to the new changes of the course so it can be enjoyed for years to come.