Rec Room: Riverside offers challenging disc golf course
By Doug Cochran
Feb. 11, 2013 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated Feb. 10, 2013 at 8:11 p.m.
Can you provide information about disc golf courses in Victoria?
With the warmer weather we have been experiencing lately, you can't help but want to get out of the house and do something outside. Playing disc golf is the perfect activity for doing just that.
The Riverside Park Disc Golf Course is a 21-hole disc golf course located in Riverside Park among fairways surrounded by large pecan trees.
Built in 1988 and designed by John Houck, the 7,121-foot course is one of the longest and most challenging in the state.
The course offers a great variety of hole distances with the shortest hole measuring 210 feet and the longest hole measuring 700 feet.
Bordered by the Guadalupe River, the course offers several holes with exciting water hazards along with many out-of-bounds lines.
The Parks and Recreation Department takes pride in having a disc golf course located in Riverside Park. The sport attracts the community to the park, as well as regular disc golf players and visitors from surrounding areas.
If you are looking for a disc golf game on a smaller scale, then you should check out the nine-hole disc golf course at Ethel Lee Tracy Park, located near the Victoria Mall off East Larkspur Street.
The advantages of disc golf, which can be played by all ages and skill sets, are numerous. Disc golf provides an opportunity to improve health and quality of life while being outside and active. Playing provides upper and lower body conditioning and aerobic exercise and promotes a combination of physical and mental abilities that allow very little risk of physical injury.
Disc golf also keeps the mind healthy. Concentration skills increase by mastering shots and negotiating obstacles. Players of limited fitness levels can start slowly and gradually increase their level of play as fitness improves.
Disc golf offers year-round fitness, and perhaps the greatest attribute of the sport is the expense - or rather, the lack of it. Unlike traditional golf, disc golf doesn't require green fees, a cart rental or a tee time reservation. Playing disc golf at Riverside Park is free, and a professional quality disc costs less than $10. It only takes one for basic play.
Disc golf is a fun and friendly leisure sport. Though it can be played alone, families and friends can play together as part of an outing or trip to the park.
Locally, a group of about 15 players encompass the Riverside Disc Golf Club. Members meet at the Riverside Disc Golf Course at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday to play in a mini tournament or league.
During daylight saving time, the club also meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays for games. The club strives to promote and grow the sport of disc golf in Victoria for members of all ages and skill levels for their enjoyment and improvement in the sport.
The Riverside Disc Golf Club, with the Professional Disc Golf Association sanctioning, is the host of one of the biggest disc golf tournaments in Texas each year: the Victoria Open. The Victoria Open is a two-day tournament with three rounds of 21-holes. There are many divisions players can register in, ranging from professional to amateur men and women. The 2013 Victoria Open will be Feb. 23-24 at the Riverside Disc Golf Course. A maximum of 84 players will play in the tournament, which attracts disc golf players from across Texas and the country. To register for the tournament, please visit fullcontactdiscgolf.1freecart.com and click on tournaments.
If you would like to become involved as a member with the Riverside Disc Golf Club, please contact Jessie Amador at 512-586-9472.
Doug Cochran is the director of parks and recreation for the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department. Contact him at 361-485-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.