A nine-hole disc golf course has been installed at Elings Park, thanks to the efforts of avid players and donors. It is free to play, and the course has been designed to be suitable for beginners and family friendly.
The Elings Park Disc Golf Course was built along existing trails not far from the park entrance, in an arroyo behind the BMX track and below the softball fields. Access to the first hole is from the softball field parking lot. The baskets are secured to the ground, but not permanently installed, so they can be moved in the future.
The par-3 course is oriented to offer dramatic views of the Park, Hendry’s Beach, and Arroyo Burro Watershed.
“The elevations are outstanding, and players should enjoy excellent strokes from our mesa into the arroyo below,” said Dean Noble, Elings Park executive director. “But the course’s biggest hazard are the epic views. Players have a tough time concentrating. We also hear that it takes on an entirely new personality with the afternoon ocean breeze kicks up.”
The course was proposed by Bob Bryant of Bryant & Sons Jewelry, a longtime Elings Park supporter. It is funded by Bryant and his wife Patty, who is the current president of the Elings Park Foundation Board.
Avid disc golfers Mike Evans and Noah Peresman volunteered to design the course, which was installed by the Sage Trail Alliance, a park partner for more than 20 years. The course was completed in time for disc golf to be played by campers at Camp Elings’ Outdoor Adventures Summer Camp.
For more information, including an overview of play and a glossary of disc golf slang, visit www.elingspark.org/sports-recreation/recreation/disc-golf.
Only dogs with EPDOG memberships are allowed in Elings Park and on the new Disc Golf course. For more on how to become an EPDOG member, which allows off-leash access to the park’s entire 230 acres, visit https://elingspark.org/off-leash-dogs/.
Disc golf is played by throwing specialized flying discs, commonly known by the brand name Frisbee, into a basket on an outdoor course. Though Frisbees can be used in disc golf, there are specific types of golf discs for different uses. Discs for driving off the tee are typically flat with a wide rim, while putters tend to be deeper and stockier with thick rims.
Players use a variety of different throws and grips depending on the hole, including backhand, overhand, forehand or sidearm, fan, stacked, and thumber.
Disc golf is scored like traditional ball golf, with each throw equaling one stroke. Each hole has a par, which is the number of throws it should take to complete the hole. Any throws above par are counted as +1, and any below par are -1. If a player takes four throws to complete a par-3 hole, their score is +1 (plus one). The holes at Elings Park’s course are all par-3.