SAN MARCOS — The official grand opening of the Cal State San Marcos Disc Golf Course was held April 14 at the Forum Plaza located near the Kellogg Library.
Disc golf, like traditional golf, is a game where the objective is to advance to the target with as few strokes (or throws) as possible. Instead of using clubs and a ball, a flying disc is released toward the target, which is a standing basket. The sport can be played individually or as a group.
Cal State San Marcos Campus Recreation, led by Director Hugo Lecomte, chose construction of the course as its primary project this year.
“As a university actively engaged in the life of our students and the community we serve, the new disc golf course will serve our goal of making this college a destination location for those seeking a positive environment for recreation,” Lecomte said, noting that on-campus recreational activities are contributing factors to student success, providing exercise, opportunities for socializing and a stronger sense of home for students.
In addition to recreational use, the course will provide opportunities for both the College of Education and the Kinesiology Department in the College of Arts and Sciences to conduct pedagogical instruction.
The no-fee course will also be open to community members who can play the course as it winds through campus. Several of the holes on the upper campus will be accessible for players in wheelchairs. This disc golf course will be the first at any Southern California college or university.
The campaign to purchase equipment and pay for installation of the disc golf course was generously given a strong kick-off by a number of private and corporate donors including the San Diego Aces, the local affiliate organization of the Professional Disc Golf Association, and Innova Disc Sports in October 2009.