Copper disc golf scene picks up spin this season |

Copper disc golf scene picks up spin this season

Shauna Farnell

Summit County disc golfers have a brand new outlet at Copper Mountain. AB Ski & Sports at Copper Mountain is having a grand opening party Saturday to celebrate next week’s opening of the new 18-hole course at Copper and the store’s first-ever summer presence as a disc golf headquarters.”Since I designed and built the course at Copper last season, what I’m trying to do is open my business for (disc golf) traffic that comes through here,” said AB owner Frank Johnson, who also designed and built the disc golf course at the Frisco Peninsula and competes in the sport at a pro level.”What I’m trying to do is spread disc golf across the county,” he said. “The mountains need to take advantage of the people interested in this. It’s a cool thing for areas like this to have. We’re so outdoorsy, we should have courses all over the place. Leadville has a course, but it’s too far away. If I can get a couple that are close enough – not only will it spread the crowds out, because it is really busy at the Frisco course – but we plan on having the world championships here some time in the next five years. We need to have four courses within a half-hour of each other to do that.”Johnson is lobbying to install nine more holes at the Frisco course, and also wants to build basket courses in Keystone and Breckenridge this season.The Copper course will open some time next week. The course begins by the American Flyer lift and ascends up the mountain.”The Copper course is what I call, “mountain golf,'” Johnson said. “It involves hiking and concentrating on the game. I like it like that. You get some exercise.”The grand opening party at AB Ski & Sports is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and includes free food and beer, putting contests and “disc counts.” The store is located next to Creekside Pizza near the Chapel parking lot. For more information, call the store at (970) 968-2908.Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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