High Country Disc Golf: Save some green
The Peak One Disc Golf Course at the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area is an 18-hole, free course, registered with the Professional Disc Golf Association. There are concrete tee boxes throughout the natural, mountainous terrain along narrow fairways with a variety of hazards and obstacles on each hole. The course length is 6,005 feet, with two holes less than 300 feet, six holes between 300-400 feet and four holes longer than 400 feet. The town of Frisco estimates that the
course hosts approximately 200 rounds per day from June through August.
Frisco’s fairways have widened in the last few years, as more people play the course, and branches and limbs naturally fall down. The removal of lodgepole pines deadened by pine beetles also has opened up the course, making it easier, said Kevin Metzler. For more information, visit
http://www.townoffrisco.com/visitors/attractions.html and click on “Peak One Disc Golf course.”
When Kevin Metzler lived in Breckenridge, he held the world record for the longest hole-in-one in disc golf. Granted, it only lasted five months, until another hot shot in California threw longer than Metzler’s 568-foot record.
Metzler began playing disc golf in college, since it’s sort of the poor man’s golf ” a $10 investment in a professional quality disc will start anyone in the sport, and the “green fees” at 95 percent of America’s courses, including Frisco, are free.
In 1995, he entered the more challenging world of basket courses, where the disc must land in a basket rather than merely hit an object. For the first two years he lived in Summit County, he traveled to Denver to play, but in 1997, Frisco opened its 18-hole course on the Peninsula Recreation Area. Since he played three or four times a week, he began entering tournaments sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association. He won the first intermediate tournament, then moved up to advanced, and finally pro.
At the professional level, disc golfers carry 21 to 28 different discs, each designed for various shots, such as long drives, mid-range shots and putts. They even buy specific discs for headwinds and tailwinds. Practicing shot consistency in varying conditions ” high wind, rain, snow and baking sun ” is the main challenge that keeps Metzler on the courses.
“It’s just as entertaining as golf,” Metzler said. “You make a great shot, and you get hooked ” just like that.”
Because the sport is growing at 20 percent annually, he’s able to make a living at it by owning High Country Disc Golf, an Arvada-based company that promotes and organizes events. The biggest, PDGA-sanctioned event he helps organize is the Colorado State Championships, which draws more than 150 competitors, in October.
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