David Pressgrove: On a new course

Start working on your hyzer and perfect your hork, Frisbee golf is coming to Craig.

The new disc golf course is in the planning stages to be built at Loudy-Simpson Park. It is funded as a part of the Healthy People 2010 grant that the Moffat County Cooperative Extension Office of Colorado State University received.

I'm pumped that the extension office allocated its funds this way because I've been a fan of disc golf since high school.

In college, we didn't have a course on campus like there will be at Loudy-Simpson Park. The chain-linked, professional baskets that will serve as holes here would have been nice, but we settled for trees around campus.

In the spring, especially leading to finals, golf was our study break.

Almost every day, we'd pull our Frisbees out and go for a quick nine holes. Looking back, I laugh at how busy I thought I was in college. It was probably because on good days I'd average at least three rounds on the course.

When I lived for a summer in Pueblo, we would escape the heat of Southern Colorado by playing on a course that was in a wooded park.

In no way am I an expert at the sport. To be honest, I looked up the two phrases in the opening sentence on a disc golf Web site. But there are some terminology uses that need to be cleared up before we become a disc golf community.

If one takes the sport semi-seriously and buys the smaller, heavier discs designed specifically for the sport, they are playing "disc golf." If a recreational player is using a Frisbee then it can be considered "Frisbee golf."

Because nobody in Craig carries the discs yet, Frisbee golf is probably what we'll all be playing first.

To-may-to, to-mah-to...

Personally it doesn't matter what it's called, but beware, there are some serious golfers out there.

In Pueblo we amused ourselves by making fun of the golfers who were too serious. They would walk around with their disc bags, which included a variety of driving, rolling and putting discs, and talk strategy.

Imagine a guy who has a bag draped over his shoulder like a newspaper delivery boy giving a high five to a fellow newspaper delivery-boy look alike. If one didn't know better, they would think that the guy was out on his paper route, celebrating after his toss of the Pueblo Cheiftain landed perfectly on a porch.

But if you have already ordered five discs and a satchel, please, don't cancel your order because of my barbs.

Sport or leisure, Craig's newest golf course is a great pastime.

One great aspects is that it's open to the public, and other than the cost of a throwing device, it's free.

With the United States Department of Health and Human Services now suggesting 30 to 90 minutes of "moderate-intensity physical activity" a day, the course will be great for a workout. Walking nine holes is moderate-intensity physical activity, and if you throw like me, you'll probably have a more intense workout because you'll have to dive into the Yampa River to retrieve a throw or two.

I haven't been able to attend the course planning meetings because of other conflicts, but I think there should be a county resolution that if golf carts show up for disc golf, they can be blown up. The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Loudy-Simpson picnic shelter. Maybe somebody can bring this up at the meeting.

Hope to see you on the course.


David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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