Disc golf course planned for local college

SAN MARCOS — Campus Recreation, a division of Associated Students, Inc., or ASI, at Cal State San Marcos, recently began a campaign to raise funds to build an 18-hole disc golf course on campus. This campaign is part of Campus Recreation’s mission is to build permanent recreational facilities on campus for student and community use.
Disc golf, like traditional golf, is a game where the objective is to advance to the target with as few strokes — or throws, in this case — 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.
Campus Recreation, led by Director Hugo Lecomte, chose construction of the course as its primary project this year. ASI is a student run 501(c)3 organization that oversees many of the student life organizations on campus.
“As a university actively engaged in the life of our students and the community we serve, the new disc golf course will serve our goals of making Cal State San Marcos a destination location for those seeking a positive environment for recreation,” Lecomte said. He also noted 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, slated to be complete in spring 2010, 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. The disc golf course at Cal State San Marcos will be the first at any Southern California college or university.
The $20,000 campaign to purchase equipment and pay for installation of the disc golf course was generously given a strong kick-off by several donors including the San Diego Aces, the local affiliate organization of the Professional Disc Golf Association. Representatives of the San Diego Aces recently presented a check to ASI in the amount of $2,500.
Opportunities for giving to the disc course are available. Donors who provide $500 will have the opportunity to have their name printed on a tee sign. For gifts of $25 or more, donors will receive a commemorative mini disc suitable for use as a marker or keepsake. For more information or to partner with ASI to raise the necessary amount needed for construction, contact Monica Watkins at mwatkins@csusm.edu or at (760) 310-9468.

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