Volunteer Corner: Kevin McDermott, North Tahoe Public Utility District
July 1, 2008
Name: Kevin McDermottOrganization: North Tahoe Public Utility DistrictResidence: Kings BeachWhat is disc golf about? Basically its golf, except it has baskets with chains for holes and instead of clubs you have discs. Different discs have different functions, driver, putter, discs that tend to break left or right, discs for roller shots.How many holes do courses have?Eighteen, here at North Tahoe.How long has the course been here (North Tahoe Regional Park)?It was started two years ago, late summer, early fall of 06, and was mostly finished last year. Did you play before?I had played a couple of times. At the time, I was the chair of the North Tahoe Recreation and Park District. I started pushing for it what a great use of land.Tell me how you got into volunteering with the Disc Golf course.How it came down was I met up with a group of local disc golf enthusiasts and built a site course, where you just put a stick in the ground. Then you find a way to raise money, we got use of the land from the NTPUD, played the rough course and fine tuned it. Weve received tremendous compliments, that its one of the better courses in the state. This course is a prime example of the public and private sectors, volunteers all working together to create something. Its pretty special.Do you have a personal favorite hole?I like the whole thing the challenges in the tight narrow spots the trees and topography. Its designed to challenge pretty much every aspect of the right-handed flicker. This is an excellent form of dispersed recreation, with minimal impact on the environment.How much use does the disc golf park get?It gets tons of use the parking lot is full most weekends. Its the most used facility in the park. It gets an awful lot of use.Do you have recommendations to potential disc golfers?Id like them to come up and try it. You can buy discs at Tahoe Mountain Sports. Its a very inexpensive sport, all of the challenge of golf without the expense. It takes the pressure off, no collars needed, bring your dog to help you find discs. For the cost of one day of golf, you can buy all your discs and a carrying bag. Anybody can do it, from your 86-year-old grandma to your 6-year-old neighbor. Whats not to like?
The Sierra Suns Amy Edgett interviewed Kevin McDermott for this weeks Volunteer Corner. Please send your suggestions to email@example.com, subject Volunteer Corner. For volunteer opportunities in the North Tahoe Truckee area, visit http://www.handsontahoe.org.