Players Utilize North Mesa Disc Golf Course – Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Avery Cope plays disc golf recently at North Mesa Disc Golf Course. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County maintains Disc Golf Courses in Los Alamos and White Rock. Also called frisbee golf, disc golf is a flying disc game, as well as a precision and accuracy sport, in which individual players throw a flying disc at a target.

“The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws,” according to Professional Disc Golf Association.

Topography

What makes our disc golf course unique is the utilization of natural elements such as trees, shrubs and canyons as obstacles as well as elevation changes to make the course challenging. Keeping the raw and environmentally conscious elements add additional challenges to the course.

Safety

Because of the topography and its importance to the course, there are unseen hazards including wild life, uneven footing, and canyon drop offs.

All players should always keep in mind that disc golf discs can be potentially very dangerous if not thrown with safety and common sense always in mind. Never throw a disc in the area someone occupies unless they are completely aware you are throwing it in their direction. Players should always wait until the player or group in front of them have completed a hole and moved out of the way until they throw.

If you come upon a hole where the target is blind and you can potentially not see a group ahead it is common procedure to call out “Clear on (#of hole you are on)”. If there is no answer you should again call out and before throwing say “Coming down on (#of hole you are on).” Discs can be thrown fast and when hit can cause serious injury.

Fee

$5 per set (24 hour rental), discs can be rented from the Walkup Aquatic Center. For more information, call 505.662.8170.

Los Alamos Disc Golf Course

The first permanent, public, disc golf course in Los Alamos County located right next to the rugged Bayo Canyon. Many technical and short holes.

Location: 280 North Mesa Road. Take the N.M. 502 west exit toward Los Alamos. Driving into Los Alamos continue straight and turn onto Canyon Drive. At the Diamond Drive light, take a right and stay on this street until the roundabout near the golf course, follow it up the hill on North Mesa Drive and see the course and picnic grounds on the left.

White Rock Disc Golf Course

The White Rock Disc Golf Course is in Pinon Park across from Smith’s in White Rock. It has 9 holes complete with concrete tee pads. Hole #1 starts at the North side of skate park and winds around the natural Pinon/Juniper landscape with 3 holes up on a mesa overlooking the Pinon Park. The course finishes up at Hole #9 just south of the picnic pavilion near the bridge. 

Location: 99 Sherwood Blvd. From N.M. 4, turn on Sherwood Blvd. and park across the street from Smith’s Grocery Store, between the library and skate park. The first tee is west of the parking just north of the skate park.

Chimayo Tomas Sandoval gets ready to throw a Frisbee during a recent game of disc golf at the North Mesa Disc Golf Course. Courtesy/LAC

Chimayo Tomas Sandoval gets ready to throw a Frisbee during a recent game of disc golf at the North Mesa Disc Golf Course. Courtesy/LAC

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