Pablo disc golf course soon a reality
By Rob Zolman Valley Journal
PABLO – Friends of Regional Parks and Trails, a Mission Valley non-profit group working to promote local parks, playgrounds, green space and outdoor activities, donated $3,000 to further a proposed disc golf course project on the Salish Kootenai College campus.
“We have been talking about a disc golf course for about three years. I am really excited to see something like this come along,” said Alana Bahe, Salish Kootenai College community health and development director. “It’s a great opportunity for our students and community to have a really low-cost activity that is not too strenuous that they can do with their family.”
Disc golf, also known as frisbee golf, is played under the same premise as “ball golf” except instead of whacking balls with a club toward cups buried in the ground, players toss discs toward elevated metal chain link baskets with the ultimate goal of completing each hole in the fewest shots possible. Another of disc golf’s distinguishing differences is that it can be played in a relatively short time frame.
Disc golf courses usually require much less maintenance than their golf counterparts and have nine or 18 holes that include multiple tee positions or multiple target positions, water hazards, distance variations and out-of-bounds zones. Mandatory flight paths make each hole unique and challenging.
The new Pablo course, which is set to open around mid-June, will run through the wooded area located to the west of the Silver Fox Golf Course. The course will feature nine baskets in both open and wooded portions of the property. The course is being designed by SKC hydrologist student Austin Durglo along with help from Morgan Schultz.
“Austin has done a lot of great work on the project,” said Bahe. “He has designed the course to fit the area. His whole course design is based on minimal invasion as far as people wearing down the land.”
While there are a little more than 40 disc golf courses throughout Montana, the Pablo course will be the first large course of its kind in the Mission Valley. When completed, Bahe hopes to host kid summer events, start a number of different leagues and hold an annual tournament that will bring teams from across the state to the area.