Disc golf at Blue Lake Regional Park
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A new world-class, gold-level disc golf course has been built at Metro's Blue Lake Regional Park through a unique partnership with local players and sponsorship by Keen and Next Adventure.
Left to right: Paul Slyman, Parks and Environmental Services Director; Paul Warr-King, Gresham City Councilor, Brian Cooper, Gresham City Councilor; Ken Quinby, Fairview City Councilor; Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick cutting the ribbon; Bryan Knudsen, Next Adventure outdoor store; Jeff Hagerty, President StumpTown Disc Golf; Dan Kromer, Metro Parks Manager.
After a year and a half of long days clearing trails, setting up baskets and building signs, the region's top disc golfers and their faithful volunteers have reached their ultimate goal. On Aug. 15, Metro's Blue Lake Regional Park hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting to open its new, top-of-the line disc golf course to the public.
Imagine one of those perfect, golden summer afternoons. You pick up your best friends, a few flying discs, bathing suits and supplies for a picnic of epic proportions and follow the Columbia River to Blue Lake Regional Park.
After playing a round of disc golf, you cool off at the swim beach and then cook up the best hamburgers and s'mores you ever tasted. Blue Lake is where great memories are made and soon players and fans will be able to add watching or playing disc golf on a new world-class course to their many recreational options at the park.
About the course
Strong seasonal east winds made Blue Lake a choice location for course developer Dave Feldberg, a champion disc golf player and coach of the University of Oregon team. The course he has developed for Blue Lake receives gold-level accreditation (the highest standard) by the Professional Disc Golf Association due to its combination of length, difficulty, high level equipment and hole design.
It is expected to draw top players for championship play. At the same time, the course will be accessible to casual and brand-new players.
Blue Lake Regional Park's new world-class, gold-level, 18-hole disc golf course was created through a public-private partnership of Stumptown Disc Golf, Next Adventure, Keen and Metro.
Stumptown's 370 members assist communities in the installation and maintenance of disc golf courses, promote the growth of the sport by hosting events at area courses, and provide clinics and events for youth groups. Stumptown Disc Golf president Jeff Hagerty notes that members built courses at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada and Pier Park in North Portland. They’ve also helped restore and maintain courses at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park in Buxton and Lunchtime Park, on private land in Southwest Portland’s Hillsdale neighborhood.
Bryan Knudsen, co-owner of locally owned Next Adventure, says, “Our goal is giving back to those who support the sport. Whatever Next Adventure can do to make that happen we will. We sponsor six to eight events during the summer. We also sponsor the Flight Crew, professional disc golfers with local ties.
Course designer Dave Feldberg coaches a young player.
How to play disc golf
Disc golf is similar to regular golf: courses are generally located in natural settings and contain either nine or 18 holes. The primary difference is that in disc golf, players fling a flying disc into a large, above-ground basket to complete a hole instead of swinging a golf club to drive a ball into an underground cup.
The goal is to land your disc into each hole's basket with the fewest tosses. The player with the lowest number of tosses for all holes wins. Like golf, disc golf uses the par system to rate the difficulty of each hole.
The equipment is similar but slightly different to the flying discs you might toss back and forth in the neighborhood park. In addition to the discs tossed down the course, smaller marker discs are used to track players' progress.
Course etiquette is also similar - Yell "Fore!" if your disc floats towards someone's head or another party.
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