If you haven't already heard, getting a course installed in Chico CA's Bidwell Park is a very difficult task. Over the past 12 years a battle ensued an it looks as though Chico Disc golfers have won. Much like other similar stories (S.F. Golden gate Park Course) you might have read we had to put in alot of time and compromises to get it done.
But the outcome has not been all negative. Some of the things that have happened as a result of this battle are very positive. In fact due to the absence of an official course in Chico, there are more courses in Butte County than ever before. The first that sprang up was in the year 2000 in Oroville. Local Disc golfers saw the potential and next thing you know a course was built. Chico did not follow suit. To make Oroville even better a second course was planned, studied, approved and installed a couple years later. This course has now hosted several PDGA sanctioned NorCal events. The next milestone was a kids course in Lower park. This was a triumph even though it is only a 9 hole course for kids. And in 2008 Chico actually got it's 1st official disc golf course. That same year A Chico disc golfer got a 9 hole course installed in Willows. That same year two pay to play ball golf courses emerged, one in Chico one in Paradise. Meanwhile some Chico and Orland disc golfers got together and began work on Black Butte Lake Disc Golf Course. That Course was finished at the end of 2009.
So for those of you who are thinking WOW! Stop and think a minute about what it takes to make these things happen. It is everyday players who made these courses from nothing. The next challenge is building the Long course in Chico. We need locals and others to join the Outsiders and volunteer their time and effort to make it happen. We have won the battle, but we still need to continue to support disc golf in NorCal. It seems to be evident to me that disc golf is alive and well and doing many great things for the community in the process.