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Lake Tahoe has some of the
finest and most challenging disc golf in the world. It also happens to
be some of the most beautiful. It tends to be a little different from
other areas. When you're playing at Kirkwood, a roller gone astray can
go for a while. for me, when I go to sea level to play I can notice the
difference in the way the discs fly (or don't, rather). I can only
assume it is equally befuddling to those coming here from sea level.
That said, if you're coming here for a tourney, it's best to get some
practice days in first. There are four real courses in Lake Tahoe, and
several others of the paint rings on trees type. There are no concrete
tees within the basin due to strict regulations. In Lake Tahoe, a great
place to buy discs is at the South
Lake Tahoe Rec Center, as well as Tahoe Sports LTD. Here
we'll talk about the official courses.
Disc Golf - PDGA page - Tahoe' s original-
this course is a classic. It has very little slope to it for a Tahoe
course, but it makes up for that with trees and, well, more trees. In
it's normal positions, it would be a relatively easy course for
tournament veterans, but fortunately, there are multiple placements for
all 27 pins.
Directions-Bijou Park is located at the corner of Johnson Blvd. and Al
Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe. The entrance is off of Al Tahoe
Boulevard, that's really all you need to know. Click here for for more Bijou Park info.
Mountain Resort - PDGA page - This is one beautiful
disc course, and a great hike too. The course is challenging, as
evidenced by the fourteen hundred foot 16th hole. The season is rather
short, from June (sometimes late June) to October (sometimes early). It
makes up for that by treating to you to acres of wildflowers. Of
course, except for the first hole, you want to avoid the wildflowers.
They're usually a sign of a shot gone astray. Kirkwood has eighteen
holes, all but three of which feature a significant elevation change.
The remaining three just happen to end up at the same level, it doesn't
mean they're flat.
Directions - Take Hwy 50 to Meyers. After the Agriculture Checkpoint
turn left onto Hwy 89. When 89 ends (Pickett's Junction), turn right
onto Hwy 88. Follow Hwy 88 fourteen miles to Kirkwood. The disc golf
course is at the top of the Mighty Mountain parking lot. Note: In order
to preserve Kirkwood's pristine environment the ninth hole has been
removed and a new hole has been added after the old tenth. Click here
map. Click here for more Kirkwood
info. 2008 Update- The plan for this year is to move back to
the original course, which is great news.
3. Zephyr Cove
- PDGA Page - Zephyr Cove is another
course with a lot of elevation change, though not as much as Kirkwood.
It features gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe from a number of holes. It is
also hot. Even so, wear shorts at your own risk. The manzanita is tough
and thick. I have friends with scars from three seasons ago. Zephyr
Cove gets around the no concrete tee boxes rule by using anchored thick
black mats, which works rather well. In general, most advanced players
will find it to be an easy, short course, but loads of fun.
Directions - Zephyr Cove Park is located just off Hwy 50 on Warrior
Way. Coming from Lake Tahoe, turn at the fire station just past Zephyr
Cove Resort. The park is managed by the Douglas County Parks and Recreation
Department (775) 586-7271.
4. Truckee Regional Park - PDGA page - Located along the
banks of the Truckee River, you would think this would be one of the
more scenic courses around. At times, it is. But just when a beautiful
view is expanding, you come across acres of broken glass. The river
resembles more of an industrial area than anything else. The
improvements on the course are excellent, from concrete tees, to
blooming Daffodils in spring. Spring is the best time to play this
course, as it gets very hot and dusty in the summer. Additionally, the
river flows better in the spring. While the course is mapped pretty
well, it is sometimes difficult to find the gray metallic baskets.
Directions - Coming from Highway 267 (The Brockway Summit)- after the
Truckee Airport turnoff you will turn left at the next light (Brockway
Road?). The park will be across the street from the 7-11. From I-80,
exit on Brockway Summit (267 South) and turn right at the light for
5. Lake of the Sky Disc Golf -
PDGA page - graces the hillsides
of North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista. There are eighteen full
holes with full baskets and tee pads. The course is not overly long,
but it is quite challenging. There is a $3 parking fee for
non-residents of the NTPUD. The course is already home of a new
sanctioned event, the Lake of the Sky Disc Golf Tournament.
6. NEW!! Turtle Rock County Park on Highway
89 just east of Markleeville - Eighteen holes with baskets, quality
rubber mats, well marked trails and multiple pin placements. My first
experience with this course was that it was Long. We were there on a
very windy November day, however, and I'm sure it won't seem so long on
future visits (it didn't). However, there are several 750'+ holes when
the pins are in their long positions. The terrain is not overly steep,
but it is rocky. There is a fee campground on site.
Directions - follow Highway 89 from Lake Tahoe south over Luther Pass.
When you reach the T (Picketts Junction) take a left. Turn right at
Woodfords (stay on 89). You will see a sign for Airport Road and Indian
Creek resevoir. Just after Airport Road, Turtle Rock Park is on your
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