OA: Rocl Cesario Column September 19, 2008

Big-time disc golf is coming to the Grand Valley

I usually write mostly about music, but big-time disc golf is coming to the Grand Valley and it has me distracted.

Disc golf is a great and fun sport. It is also near and dear to my heart as I was hooked from the first time I played and was awarded rookie of the year at Wednesday night men’s club at Rendezvous Ranch.

This could be a stretch, but most disc golfers I know are also fans of rock ’n’ roll. So, maybe this column is not so much of a stretch.

The town of Palisade and the Grand Valley Disc Golf Club are proud to host the Colorado State Disc Golf
Tournament over a two-week period within the next month.

The amateur tournament is Sept. 27–28, with the Pro’s playing Oct. 11–12. Each division is limited to 100 players with three rounds of 20 holes.

I have been serving my humble duty as president of the Grand Valley club since January 2007 and see it as a way for me to give back to a sport I have gotten so much out of.

While playing disc golf I have made too many friends to mention and have also learned a lot about sportsmanship and teamwork.

Disc golf is played like ball golf in the sense that you have to get your disc into a metal basket on holes that are usually par three and range from 150–800 feet or farther in some cases.

Just like ball golf, disc golf has players from all walks of life: pilots, teachers, business owners, parents, grandparents and children all play. There are more and more women taking up the sport every day.

There are disc golf courses all over the country, and there are four public courses here in the Grand Valley and one at Powderhorn Resort on Grand Mesa that is open from May to October.

There has got to be somewhere around 500 disc golfers here on the Western Slope as disc golf is one of the fastest, if not the fastest, growing sport in America.

It is also big in Sweden, Switzerland and Japan.

Ski courses make dramatic disc golf courses and none more so than the course at the top of Aspen mountain, which I have had the pleasure of playing.

Three of the biggest names in the sport are coming to play in the professional division of the tournament in Palisade.

There is the current World champion, Dave Feldberg. If there was a Tiger Woods of disc golf, Feldberg would be him.

World distance champion Avery Jenkins will be here, and 65-year-old six-time world champion Peter Shive will also participate.

Feldberg won the World title by an unheard of 16 strokes this year and Jenkins has recorded a throw of more than 800 feet. That is almost two and a half football fields, and all Jenkins used was his arm and a 165 gram golf disc, which is basically a modified Frisbee. Amazing!

Feldberg and Jenkins will have a putting and driving clinic on 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at Riverbend Park in Palisade. The clinic cost $10 total or $5 per segment.

This is a chance for you to see for yourself what this sport is all about.

For players, this is a great chance to play in and experience an A-Tier tournament both pros and amateurs.

But maybe more importantly,  the quickest way to get better is to spend time with a pro.

If I can give you any advice, I would say, go to the clinic.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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