Small town living in America holds many rewards for those of us who enjoy a slower paced life style. However, there can be draw backs when you are trying to introduce a new and exciting sport like disc golf. This blog will follow yours truly as I struggle to build courses, start a club, and spread disc golf to the masses. (population of Portales, NM is 12,215 residents, give or take an additional 3,000 students when college is in session)
Volume 1: IN THE BEGINNING
I stumbled upon disc golf about four years ago in a town twenty miles North East of my humble Eastern New Mexico town. Approximately a year later I was able to get a good friend of mine, Jarrad, addicted to the sport. It was at that point, with the help of friends, that Jarrad and I established the first disc golf course in Portales. Let me just say, that it wasn't much of a course at that point, but we loved it. We now had a course that was close enough to play every day.
It is now three years and eight redesigns later and we are finally closing in on having a fully functional twenty hole course. Believe me, you do not know frustration until you have built a disc golf course in an area with less than 100 disc golfers. Our support base has been little to nothing, aside from the city buying the baskets, but somehow we have done it. We will even been holding a tournament sometime this summer to celebrate the completion of our course. Though, I should add that our course does face an uncertain future as the city has sold half of the land out from under us.
More on that later...Stay tuned.