July 22, 1995 in Washington Voices

Frisbee Golfers Discover Vintage Course At Park

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Tags:game

Here’s a little-known Valley fact: Terrace View Park has a golf course. Before you dash to the closet for the clubs and tees, hold on. The golf course is not the kind played in clashing bright clothes. You won’t lose balls in ponds or sand traps.

You can, however, putt, make birdies and shoot a hole in one.

With a Frisbee.

One day about five years ago, Valley resident Brian Devine was driving by Terrace View Park with friends. He noticed large faded blue numbers painted on the trees - one through 18 - and realized he’d found a Frisbee golf course.

He and some friends started playing a few times per month. On a recent sunny summer afternoon, Brian and two friends stood off to one side of the driveway at the Park.

They eyed a tree in the distance, stretched their arms back and flung Frisbees at the tree.

“We try to avoid hitting anybody,” Devine said

Frisbee golf courses are 18 holes and frequently are played with special, smaller Frisbees, but any old disc will do.

Participants attempt to hit objects on the course, such as trees, bushes or benches, while angling around obstacles. Pars is 3, 4 or 5, just like in traditional golf.

Brian Devine said he doesn’t know what par is for the holes at Terrace View, but he usually shoots for par 3 because the holes are not long.

The course begins at the far end of the park, between the baseball diamond and the swimming pool. As Terrace View is not a huge park, that’s also where it ends. Holes 17 and 18 overlap with 1 and 2.

The course proceeds around the pool toward the center of the park, then crosses the parking lot from hole 6 to 7 and back again from 7 to 8.

Few longtime park-users have noticed the faded numbers on the trees, although some have picnics beneath them.

Park officials don’t have a problem with the Frisbee golf course, but they discourage residents from altering county property without talking to county officials first.

“Our strong preference is (that they) talk to parks department officials, rather than just arbitrarily doing it,” said Randy Johnson, recreation supervisor for county parks.

, DataTimes


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