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North Shore adds disc golf

Alex Close
Sierra Sun

North Tahoe has its very own playable nine-hole disc golf course at the Tahoe Vista Regional Park.

According to Doug Greenwood, one of three volunteers working to get the course in place, the goal was to have all nine baskets in place by Wednesday evening.

As of noon Wednesday, Greenwood, Kevin McDermott and Craig Getty had installed five holes, Greenwood said. By evening, all nine holes were in.

Greenwood said that Getty, who is from Reno, was instrumental in building the course, bringing valuable experience after working on Lake Tahoe area courses at Zephyr Cove, Truckee and Bijou.

Greenwood said that while all of the tee boxes are not complete, the course can still be played until each box is totally flat with a rubber tee mat, which were donated by Lane Lewis of Old Brockway Golf Course in Kings Beach.

Paul Dillon, former owner of Sports Exchange, played the final three holes with the trio on Wednesday to celebrate the achievement, Greenwood said.

With the fundraiser for the course held in October, the fact that nine baskets are already playable is quite a tribute to the volunteer effort.

“What we’ve done in the last couple months is amazing,” Greenwood said.

According to Greenwood, each hole requires about eight hours of labor from two to three people.

Between digging post holes, filling those holes with cement and metal sleeves and then installing the baskets and locking them with pad locks and excavating a square for the tee, constructing the boxes, filling them in and then laying the mats down, the trio have had plenty to do.

Besides help from county corrections laborers, North Tahoe Parks and Recreation trucks, equipment and workers and community members, Mother Nature has helped out as well.

“If it wasn’t for our late winter it all would have been delayed,” Greenwood said.

With everything projected to be done by the time the snow fills in, Greenwood said that will allow Parks and Rec to analyze the project and hopefully the second nine baskets and tees can be installed in the spring when the snow melts, completing the third disc golf course in the Tahoe Basin.


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