North Tahoe disc golf course planned |

North Tahoe disc golf course planned

David Bunker

North Tahoe disc golf lovers should be able to play the sport in their own backyard soon.

The North Tahoe Public Utility District, working with a group of dedicated volunteers, is planning to put a course at the North Tahoe Regional Park this fall.

The organizers have landed a $6,000 grant from the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, which must be matched by private donations to be made available. Also scheduled is a barbecue, disc golf course design day and fundraiser for the effort on Oct. 15 to give locals a glimpse of how the course may look.

The $6,000 match for the grant must be raised by Nov. 15 to satisfy the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation grant.

But the utility district is hoping for enough fundraising to add benches, signs and trails along the course.

“The $12,000 gets the course operations while we work on the other amenities,” said district general manager Steve Rogers.

Disc golf is low-impact, requires little maintenance and has shown itself to be popular in the community, Rogers said.

If fundraising and volunteer work goes smoothly, the North Tahoe Public Utility District expects disc golfers to be enjoying a nine-hole course this fall. The district also hopes to negotiate an agreement to add at least nine more holes to adjoining Forest Service land.

“It seems to me if we build it they will come, not only to play but also to volunteer,” said John Shuff, commissioner on the district’s recreation and park committee.

By Oct. 15, organizers plan to have temporary baskets set up in a preliminary disc golf course. Locals who attend the event will be able to critique and suggest changes to the hole placements to help mold the final course.

“The district has approved this,” Rogers said. “What we don’t have is a course designer.”

A group of disc golf players attended a district recreation and park meeting on Wednesday, offering to volunteer and noting that businesses and individuals will step forward to donate money to the course.

Many of the players regularly go to the Truckee course, in the Truckee Regional Park, and were excited about the prospect of helping build a North Tahoe location.

By adding holes on Forest Service land, which will take an amendment to the agreement the district and the Forest Service currently have, officials are hopeful the installation will be of excellent quality.

“I think this has the potential for a world-class facility,” said Kevin McDermott, one of the district’s recreation and park commissioners, and a disc golf player.

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