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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.

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Comment by Senior on January 16, 2010 at 12:24pm
Stockton has a very strong disc golf community. Oak Grove Park in Stocton and East La Loma Park in Modesto and New Hogan Res. in Valley Springs. The local club is the Delta Windjammers which I believe is ran by long time disc golfer Kenny Lee. This the website:

http://www.deltawindjammers.com/dwj

The Windjammers hold a NorCal series PDGA sanctioned event each year in July called the Frying Pan.
Comment by John Sturtevant on January 16, 2010 at 8:48am
I might being moving out to Stockton this year if I get a promotion I just went for. Currently live in Michigan with lots of surrounding courses. How is the scene in Stockton?
Comment by Senior on January 15, 2010 at 9:19pm
And Furthermore.......

I know we have had big progress in the North State. Redding, Anderson, Weed, Mt Shasta, Eureka etc.. And it is still growing. Those courses are awesome!. There is a big disc golf movement going on in NorCal. The Sacramento area is also still adding courses.

I bet there is an interesting story behind most courses. So, If you know the history of a NorCal course, post it. Let people know who the person(s) was, who made it happen.
Comment by Senior on January 15, 2010 at 9:06pm
Just let to everyone know, in my opinion there are a few key people in the local area that have been instrumental in the continued growth of disc golf over the past 10 years while the City of Chico was basically at a stand-still regarding disc golf . They proved that courses can be done well and at a very reasonable cost and without all the politics.

Rick Leis, Gregg Payne, and Chip Frink

Rick along with help from the Chico Disc Golf Club has worked very hard in the surrounding community and is the reason we have new courses in Willows and Black Butte Lake. The Chico Disc golf club and Orland Aces and the Outsiders are all clubs that locals should join and put in some time and commitment.

I believe Gregg Payne was the person initially behind the Oroville Course, but that torch was picked up by Chip Frink and the Oroville Disc golf club. That is a thriving facility today with two courses and lots of plans for the future.

So please contact Rick, or the outsiders, get bag tags, Join clubs, go to the monthlies and weekly events and support disc golf in Chico and the surrounding communities. These people can do alot, but they can't always do it all by themselves.
Comment by Senior on January 15, 2010 at 2:41pm
AKA Bogiewon
Comment by Senior on January 15, 2010 at 2:41pm
Well, Not just any Chico disc golfer, our fearless leader Rick Leis.
Comment by BogieWon on January 15, 2010 at 11:48am
"A Chico disc golfer" eh? Hmmmm....
Comment by Senior on January 14, 2010 at 4:37pm
Keith I glad to hear you have gained something from the sport. Disc golf is a very social sport and it is a very good aerobic workout. The people I met over the years have always been positive and many have become very good friends. I hope to see you on the course some time.
Comment by Keith Parrish on January 14, 2010 at 2:43pm
I'm a new player. (since 17-jun-09) I started in Willows. I am also proud to have assisted at Black Butte. My health and strength are growing, and I have made many new friends. To all of you who got this started, you have indirectly helped me increase my strength and sense of well being. Thank you all so much.

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