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SPRING BREAK: No driving iron needed for disc golf clinic

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

Kolton Pannell steps into his throw as he aims for a target at a disc golf clinic at Westside Park during last year’s Spring Break. This year’s clinic is 1-3 p.m. March 17. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Kolton Pannell steps into his throw as he aims for a target at a disc golf clinic at Westside Park during last year’s Spring Break. This year’s clinic is 1-3 p.m. March 17. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

MARBLE FALLS — For the past three years, Chris Wolford has led the disc golf clinic during the city of Marble Falls Spring Break lineup. This year, he’s back and ready to introduce area youth to the exciting sport of disc golf.

“Every year, I get some kids who have never thrown a disc before,” Wolford said. “So I keep it pretty basic. It’s an introduction to disc golf.”

The clinic, 1-3 p.m. March 17 at Westside Park at Avenue Q and Second Street, teaches youth some of the ins and outs of disc golf, which Wolford described as basically just like golf but with a disc.

“There’s a different disc for different parts of the game,” he said. “You have a driver, putter and one called a mid-range. It’s just you’re throwing at a target instead of driving to a pin.”

The program is part of the city’s Spring Break 2015 events, which include a dance workshop, art, a crafts workshop, an obstacle course and lots of other activities (see related stories). During the disc golf clinic, youth can learn some of the basic aspects of the sport.

“I’ll be showing them the different types of throws,” Wolford said. “We’ll have a practice basket set up so the kids can practice at it.”

After a little introduction and basic instructions, the participants can head out to Westside Park’s nine-hole disc golf course.

“I don’t know if many people know this, but the Westside course was designed by John Houck, who is basically the Jack Nicklaus of disc golf and disc golf course design,” Wolford said. “It’s really a great course. I don’t think people really take advantage of something this good in their backyard.”

Houck has designed courses across the nation and Texas.

While the clinic is only for a few hours during Spring Break, Wolford hopes some of the kids will continue with the sport. He said a basic disc golf set isn’t that expensive and the Highland Lakes boasts three courses: one in Marble Falls and two in Burnet (YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond and Haley Nelson Park).

“Plus, we’re just a short drive from Austin, and there are at least 10 different ones there,” he said.

Most disc courses are in public parks, making them easily accessible and typically free to use.

“It’s a great sport,” said Wolford, who has been playing for more than 20 years. “It’s a great way to get kids outside.”

The clinic is free. Go to www.marblefallstx.gov for more information.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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