“Calaveras” might translate to “land of the skulls” in Spanish, but there’s a movement to make it the land of disc golf.
With several established courses and a few more in the works, the county is becoming known as a disc golf destination.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Rocky Bridges, a disc golf enthusiast who lives in Avery. “It’s a way for people to get out, and it’s cheap.”
Disc golf is similar to traditional golf, but without the clubs and carts. Even the same lingo — words like birdie and par — are used.
To play the game, individual players throw a disc towards a target, or basket. The object of the game is to traverse a nine-hole or 18-hole course in as few throws as possible.
Along the Highway 4 corridor, disc golf courses can be found at Feeney Park in Murphys, White Pines Park near Arnold and a high-elevation course in Bear Valley. There’s also two, 18-hole courses at New Hogan Reservoir in Valley Springs.
The local disc golf movement, however, has had some curves thrown its way.
The future of the White Pines course — along with a disc golf course in Twain Harte — is uncertain because they are on land owned by local water districts.
For the complete story, see the Aug. 29, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.
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