Disc golf course proposed for Douglas County Fairgrounds
A plastic disc, a flick of the wrist and some sort of target is all that’s really required to play disc golf, but with eight courses, the region is rapidly becoming a Mecca for the sport, according to Community Services Director Scott Morgan.
“Douglas County owns and operates a world-class disc golf facility at Zephyr Cove Park,” he said. “Indian Hills General Improvement District operates a disc golf course, as well”
A second county disc golf course in Carson Valley is being recommended by Douglas Parks and Recreation Commissioners after their meeting on Aug. 8.
That course would take advantage of the unused portion of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, according to Morgan.
The county doesn’t operate any disc golf courses in Carson Valley, but now has two on the drawing board.
One course is already approved for Johnson Lane Park, but Morgan said a group of volunteers looked at it and pointed out the spot is relatively flat and lacks vegetation.
“They became excited about the Fairgrounds facility and believed it to be a more suitable facility,” he said.
A committee of volunteers included designer Mike Plansky, who specializes in disc golf design, Mike Holcomb, who was responsible for the course in Indian Hills, disc golf enthusiast Will McKissock and marketing specialist Carl Ribaudo agreed that more disc golf courses are needed in Carson Valley.
The committee first proposed using land at the fairgrounds in May. Parks and recreation commissioners asked that the county notice residents within a half-mile and hold the Aug. 8 meeting to discuss the plan.
“We still plan on constructing a recreational disc golf course at Johnson Lane after we complete the dog park,” Morgan said. “We are looking at completing the dog park in the fall of 2018.”
The fairgrounds course could be built next summer if volunteers can raise the $10,000 needed to buy the materials and complete construction.
The course would be located southeast of the main riding arena at the fairgrounds.
Morgan said conditions include shortening hole No. 13 to provide a buffer with neighbors, that the area be posted to prohibit motorized vehicles and smoking, and that dogs be required to be under their owners’ control.