Incline Village to host Tahoe’s newest disc golf course
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – The Lake Tahoe Basin features a wealth of recreational opportunities, particularly for those in search of an adrenaline rush. However, a more mellow outdoor sport has emerged in recent years and is steadily gaining in popularity at Tahoe. Disc golf – which applies the skills of throwing a Frisbee-type disc accurately to the principles and rules of golf – has a sect of passionate practitioners, as evidenced by the appearance of disc golf courses in South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Tahoe Vista, Kirkwood – and a brand new course to be installed in Incline Village. “It’s a relaxing way to spend a couple hours,” said Indra Winquest, Incline Village General Improvement District superintendent of Parks and Recreation. During the July 27 meeting of the IVGID board of trustees, members unanimously OK’d the installation of a disc golf course on IVGID-owned property near the Recreation Center. “I wanted a course that was safe, had low environmental impact and was fun to play,” said Art Cross, an Incline resident who spearheaded the effort to bring course construction to fruition. “I think we were able to demonstrate that we’ve met those three criteria satisfactorily.” Cross teamed with Winquest, during the fall of last year to begin formulating fundraising ideas, as they did not want the cost of installation or maintenance to fall on IVGID – and this, its taxpayers. Instead, the money filters through an endowment fund with the Incline Tahoe Foundation, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, that holds dollars that may be required for future maintenance of the course. “This will be zero cost to the district,” said Winquest during a Monday interview in his office. Winquest and Cross began to solicit donations from local businesses last year and managed to raise about $21,000 for materials and course installation. The largest donor to step forward was the North Lake Tahoe Lions Club, which contributed $10,000 to the project. “We were looking for a major service project to fund and we though the disc golf course was ideal,” said Gary Boxeth, Lions Club president. “The course will be free, fun for the community and it will give the Lions Club some visibility.” The tentative name for the course is North Lake Tahoe Lions Club Disc Golf Course. To help with installation of the course, Evan Vomund, a member of Boy Scouts Troop 37 located in Incline Village, will clear brush from the site and contribute labor as part of his eagle scout project. “I became interested when I saw the project in the newspaper and I thought I could help,” he said. The course is endorsed by all four local schools, who pledged to incorporate disc golf into their physical education curriculum, Winquest said. Installation is anticipated to begin in October, Winquest said. The North Lake Tahoe Lions Club Disc Golf Course will be an 18-hole course with every hole featuring a 5-feet by 10-feet tee pad area made of pervious material, a disc golf basket and a tee sign similar to what one would expect at a traditional golf course, Winquest said. The course is housed entirely within Incline Park, and does not cross Highway 28 or Incline Way – the holes are designed to prevent errant throws leaking onto nearby roads. The course is surrounded by the Skate Park, middle school ball fields, the IVGID Tennis Center and the Recreation Center. “It will improve the overall look and feel of Incline Park,” Winquest said. The course, which winds through the forest in Incline Park, will reward accuracy over power, said Incline resident Art Cross.