Support for Frisbee golf soars

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Bill Sawer enjoys playing a round of Frisbee golf because it's a sport anybody can play. Soon, Sawer and other interested people may be able to play the sport in Craig, as a core group of organizers quickly is making plans for a course at Loudy-Simpson Park.

"It can be a nice chance to get exercise and fresh air," said Sawer, who helped install a similar course at Steamboat Springs Colorado Moun-tain College. "It can be as serious as you want, or you can play it on your lunch hour."

Getting more people outside and getting more exercise is the thrust behind funding for the Craig course, said Elisa Shackelton. Shack-elton, a Moffat County coop--erative extension agent with Colorado State University, said the department agreed to allocate $3,000 of a Healthy People 2010 grant in an effort to offset obesity.

Already, help to make the course a reality has come from several ports of the community. Still, more volunteers may be needed to complete the project by its tentative deadline -- before Craig's Grand Olde West Days.

"We need crews to help dig out holes," she said. "What I'm finding that is really neat is that Craig is right on the edge of making things happen. It just takes people that want it bad enough."

Frisbee golf is similar to golf in that courses generally are nine or 18 holes. Players take turns lining up in tee boxes with a Frisbee or a disk and lobbing it toward a chain-link basket attached to a pole about waist high. Players who throw the disk the least amount of times around a course are determined winners.

Shackelton said the group is investing in professional baskets in an effort to make the Craig course attractive to locals and traveling Frisbee golf enthusiasts.

Playing on the course would be free, but nonprofit groups may be able to host tournaments to fund raise, she said. The course will have nine baskets.

Shackelton said a player might walk from one to two miles on a regular course playing the game.

"It's a great exercise that you can do by yourself or with friends," she said. "All you need is good pair of walking shoes and a Frisbee."

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or ahatten@craigdaily-press.com.

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