Tournaments aim to bring together Highland Lakes disc golf community

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

Westside Park disc golf course

The disc golf course at Westside Park in Marble Falls was designed by California native John Houck, widely considered to be the No. 1 disc golf course designer. Photo by Kate McAlpin

BURNET — If you’re seeking a disc golf buddy — and a little competition — look no further.

Two Burnet businesses, Bird’s Vapor and Smart Tech Services, have organized mini-tournaments Wednesdays and Saturdays at area courses — and they’re free to play.

“A lot of people out here play and don’t have anyone to play with,” said Bird’s Vapor owner Bobby Bird. “You get together and play to see who wins.”

The action will take place at the three Highland Lakes disc golf courses located at Haley Nelson Park, 301 Garden Trails in Burnet; the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond, 1601 Water St. (U.S. 281) in Burnet; and Westside Park, located at the intersection of Second Street and Avenue Q in Marble Falls.

Participants should register early for the tournaments on the Facebook page for Burnet/Marble Falls Area Disc Golfers. Those who show up at the parks to play in the tournaments without pre-registering should arrive early. Signups are 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays with tee-off at 5:45 p.m. and noon Sundays with tee-off at 12:30 p.m.

And golfers are welcome to get on the Facebook page to let others know where and when they’ll play on non-tournament days, Bird said.

The goal, Bird said, is to get the local disc golf community more organized so golfers can contact each other and play the different courses in Burnet and Marble Falls.

“Nobody wants to play alone,” he said. “We built this group for people to reach out on Facebook.”

Since it’s not a club, there’s no fee to join.

Disc golf is similar to regular golf but with players throwing flying discs at a basket on a pole instead of hitting balls. The object is to complete each “hole” with the fewest number of throws. A disc golf course is generally nine or 18 holes.

Children and adults who have an interest in learning the sport are encouraged to participate, Bird said.

“It’ll take them a while to learn it,” he said. “It took me 999 times before I figured it out. If you’re able to walk and talk, you can play. A lot of people are shy. Don’t be shy – we’re here to have fun.”

Bird said he believes more than 100 disc golfers live in the county. Currently, the Burnet/Marble Falls Area Disc Golfers group has more than 70 members with some who aren’t local, Bird said.

“We had 13 (play March 15),” he said. “It’s a growing sport.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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