Summit County disc golf course will open this summer |

Summit County disc golf course will open this summer

Dillon Town Councilman Louis Skowyra, left, Dillon Public Works employee Zach Hamilton, second from the left, and friends Ben Morton, right center, Levi Corrigan, second from the right, and Billy Merrill temporarily install a basket on the 8th hole of the Lake Dillon Disc Golf Course last summer.
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With extensive views of Lake Dillon and the surrounding bluffs, Summit County’s newest disc golf course is worth the steep climb to the first hole.

The 18-hole course at the foot of Tenderfoot Mountain is not for beginners. With mountain winds and narrow alleys between aspen groves, the hike up may well be the easiest part.

“This course is less easily accessible, and less beginner friendly but also less crowded,” said Dillon Mayor Pro Tem Louis Skowyra.

After getting access to the needed land from Summit County and Denver Water last fall, Skowyra hopes to officially open the course this summer. Both locals and visitors alike already have started playing it, as all 18 baskets are in place. Right now, Skowyra is just looking to add concrete tee pads and signs.

“It’s a fun project. We’re very fortunate to have this space to work with,” Skowyra said. He originally started off the project with the help of a few friends and volunteers. Since then, Dillon Public Works agreed to help bring concrete in for the final stages of the project.

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“Me and my buddies would lug temporary baskets around, and play the course and see which way was best,” Skowyra said.

The front nine starts at the top of a large, open knoll, on county property. After taking in the views at the top of the ridge, players work their way down to the back nine, which follows several technical, narrow lines through aspen groves on Denver Water property.

Skowyra’s starting budget for the project was $10,000, with the bulk going toward baskets, some of which will be moveable. Skowyra hopes to work with Summit County to create hole sponsorships on their land, which would cost $300 to $400 per season to cover upkeep costs.

Next year, Skowyra intends to create a short and sweet nine-hole course, geared toward beginners in a flat grove at the bottom of the trail. In addition to the cost of removing several dead trees, Skowyra anticipates it will cost $4,000 to put in nine baskets.

Until then, the third course in Summit County will continue to bring in curious players.

“We’ve still had a ton of traffic out here. We’re getting people from everywhere,” Skowyra said. “We’re really proud of it; we’ve made it both fun and challenging.”

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