And then there were 18!
After a delay of three months, the final three holes of the Cal State San Marcos Disc Golf Course went into the ground on Friday. Holes 4, 5 and 6 had been delayed while the campus completed a field grading project in preparation for adding a baseball field. It is still possible that one or more of these holes will be temporarily closed in the future when more work is done on the baseball field, but for now all 18 holes are ready to go. When asked about the completion of the course, Hugo Lecomte, CSUSM Director of Campus Recreation had this to say:
This project has been a collaborative effort between many CSUSM departments, local businesses and private donors. We’re glad to announce that with the installation of holes 4, 5 and 6 that the CSUSM Disc Golf Course is completed with 18 holes and is fully playable. I want to extend special thanks to the University Facilities department for their hard and speedy work installing the course, to Monica Watkins for all of her fundraising and organizational efforts, and to Innova Disc Golf and the San Diego Aces for their generous financial contributions.
With the addition of these final holes, the CSUSM course now has 8 (mostly longer) holes on the lower athletic field area, 8 (mostly shorter) holes that wind through the upper campus buildings and 2 final holes on the undeveloped east end of campus. Paid parking is available on campus in the newly opened parking structure, or there is limited free parking available on side streets off of Barham Dr. The best times to play the course are on weekdays after 2pm (after most classes end) and all day on the weekends. Some holes may be closed temporarily from time to time for special events on campus – these closures will usually be noted at the first tee. As the signature sponsor of the course, the San Diego Aces ask players to be respectful of the campus environment by packing out all trash, giving pedestrians the right of way (don’t just yell “fore!” – no one knows what that means) and following campus rules, including the ban on smoking and alcoholic beverages. We would like this cooperative relationship with Cal State San Marcos to continue for a long, long time.
Also, be on the lookout for upcoming tournament action at CSUSM. The 1st annual First Gentleman’s Disc Golf Open, a PDGA sanctioned event, will be held on the last weekend of October, and the North County Doubles Championship will include an 18 hole final round at CSUSM, sometime this Fall.