Temporary closure of Winter Park disc golf course a ‘bummer’
June 23, 2008
Friends in Grand County are “bummed” that the Winter Park Frisbee golf course is temporarily closed.
“It is a communal sport that a lot of locals got down on and everyone’s upset,” said Brandon Mach of Fraser.
Chum Harper, 35, a vacationer from Oklahoma also is disappointed about the course closing. It happened last Tuesday, he said.
“I was playing around and I came to one of the holes and I couldn’t find it because trees were cut down,” he said. “I played around that one, and I came to another hole and the same thing ” there were trees cut down.
“Then, we snuck in the next day and a guy comes rolling in on an all-terrain vehicle.
He said we could play today (Wednesday) as long as we stayed clear of all the big machinery. Then some other cats kicked us off.”
The whole course is closed right now, said Kirsten Laraby, Grand Park marketing director.
“It’s temporarily closed, and we’ll open it as soon as we can,” she said. “Some different parties are putting some pipe work through there.”
In the meantime, Harper is not sure how to use the rest of his vacation time. Disc golf is his favorite sport and he plays it all summer. He’s visited 90 golf courses in the United States, and the course in Winter Park is one of his favorites.
“I’m here for a few weeks, and then all of a sudden this beautiful course is getting ripped out. It looks like a tornado ran right through her,” he said. “That’s where I always meet people.”
It’s where he met Mach, 22, a raft guide for Adventures in Whitewater out of Idaho Springs and Kremmling.
The two of them had a set schedule.
“Neither one of us have cars. We love this course because you can walk there, and then when you’re done you can walk to The Pub,” Harper said, adding that the course is referred to as The Pub course.
Harper’s played the 18-hole course every day since he arrived in Fraser.
“I’ve been doing three rounds a day,” he said. “I’m the pimp at Frisbee golf.”
“The dude’s outrageous,” Mach confirmed. “He hit a birdie shot from the middle of the fairway ” it was insane. It was 100-feet (away) at least.”
Now, Harper might rent a bike to check out the mountain scenery.
“I’m going to have to rent a bike because I’m going to have to ride all the way out to the YMCA or something to play (Frisbee golf),” he said. “I don’t even know where the other ones are. I’m just going to have to take off on a bike and find one …”
Mach said without wheels their options are limited.
Harper, a self-employed painter, has been dedicated to the sport for seven years.
“I was addicted from the first time someone gave me a disk,” he said.
He won third place at a tournament in Pasadena, Calif., home of the first official Frisbee golf course in America, he said.
Mach said rafting, skiing and Frisbee golf are among his three favorite activities. “They each come in their respective season. I raft and I get down, and then I play disc.”
He doesn’t know what the locals and vacationers will do if the Frisbee golf course is closed for too long. “We’re going to start a riot,” Mach joked.