On Saturday, April 25th, Port Angeles Disc Golf Association (PADGA) had their fundraiser event. It was wonderful day - slightly over cast, with occasional sun breaks. We also had some wind here and there - where it nipped at us on certain holes. The goal of the PADGA was to promote disc golf in Port Angeles and to help raise funds so we can try to get some baskets into the local park. PADGA had been trying to establish a disc golf park in Clallam County, Washington, for a while. They first tried to get one establish at Robin Hill Farm nearby in Sequim (between Port Angeles and Sequim). That didn't work because many folks protested about the discs might be hurting the horses and their riders. They were concerned that it would take away from their enjoyment of the walkers. Just a lot of little petty things, so PADGA decided to try at a different location to see if it was a better fit. It looks like it was!
Lincoln Park in Port Angeles is a slightly larger park than I thought. It is a combination of fairground, baseball/softball fields, a tennis court (which looks like moss had taken over), hiking trails (in the wooded part), two lakes for fishing (trout), a small creek which runs through the park, and several buildings so people can host parties there. It is almost adjunct to the local airport, the local airline runs a "shuttle flight" between Boeing Fields (near SeaTac International Airport) and Fairchild International Airport (the name of the local airport).
The course layout was interesting and I would strongly recommend that who ever designs it next time to extend the distance on the fairway, but keep the technical part! Wow! Those are great - you've got to love the trees for that. I love how the waterway was included in the design! Either way, you've got a creek, two ponds/lakes to challenge you on the throws. There was a nice combination of "open" and "forested" throws. There were blackberries bushes and brambles to watch out for. You also have to watch out for the walkers and dogs in the wooded area. We had the road and fences (and waterways) as out of bounds (ob). What was interesting was out the fairways tend to "overlap" slightly, as the designers created "ob", if your discs crossed those fairways. The tee lines were both a's, b's and c's.
During the first round, everyone played from the A tee line. During the second round, the pro's played from the B's and the Amateur would play from the B's and C's (only on a few selected holes). We had fifty five (yes, 55!) people who signed up and played! It was amazing! To have that kind of support was "wow!" We had sponsors from 7 Ceder Casino, which is run by our local tribal group, Jamestown S'Klallam, who provided the lunch and drinks for everyone. Other sponsors were local players who donated discs and bags to the winning piles.
We had people of all ages playing, even a wonderful outgoing child who played both rounds! Wow! Way to go kid! (You'll see him in one of the clips, he almost made the putt in the ring of fire!) We also had other children who played along with their parents. We had people of all sizes play, yes, from skinny to obese, but in good health and having a wonderful time!
It just goes out to show that, hey - anyone can play. Just bring your discs and have fun! What impressed me the most was that everyone who brought a basket up to help out, Tacoma Disc Golf Players, Andrew and Shelia, and numerous of other players, thank you! Gosh.. I don't think it would had been possible if you had not brought up your baskets to help us out. We had a merchant selling his discs with the support of his wife, who donated four discs to the winner's pile. It was nice to see folks going over to his van and getting discs from him, which helped both PADGA and the families who didn't have any discs get some so they could play.
I'm sure that the city of Port Angeles was impressed how everyone seem to have a wonderful time playing. We had one of the city workers volunteer his time to oversee the start of the tournament. I even heard that one of the PDGA players from Port Angeles is an employee of Port Angeles! You rock! It is amazing to see how one person can help change the views of the community's park and recreation to open the door to allow us to come establish a disc golf course (I hope) and have fun at the same time.
Most importantly, having the fifty five people coming to play, donating their time, energy, and funds to help make this event successful, I applaud each of you and extend a wonderful thanks! I hope all of you and everyone in the community, the fishers, the walkers, the families, the visitors, and the local citizens, come out and play disc golf. I hope that everyone who attended was able to take something from this event about how much fun it can be to play disc golf. I hope they also gain from the event that it is not an expensive sporting event, but an event that anyone can play, regardless of size, age, energy level, and abilities. So, get out there and play disc golf.. it is worth the experience and request that we get a disc golf course that is "18 holes!" on the Olympic Peninsula!