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The Valkyrie Kid 10-16-2008 02:53 PM

How many extinct courses can we come up with?
 
How many courses are gone and forgotten? Closed down and boarded up? For lack of funds or maintenance?

Let's number them and come up with a total.

I'll start with the first permanent disc golf course in the Pacific Northwest, Fircrest Park, near Tacoma, Washington. It was built in 1977 or 1978. I was working for the rec department there at the time. It had pole holes and the poles are actually still there. I can't bring myself to list it on this site. I don't think anyone has actually played there in years and years. I wouldn't want anyone wasting there time making a trip there. It was built to play with Whamo toy frisbees, 119, 141 and 165 grams.

# 2. Bob's Disc Golf. The first course in Washington state with baskets. It was a pay for play course located in a wind-swept field near McChord Air Force Base. I believe it went out of business after one summer. Those baskets were then donated to the county rec department and eventually became the orginal 18 baskets at Ft. Steilacoom Disc Golf Course.

# 3. North Idaho College course is now listed this site as defunct. I just played there in June.

I know there was a course in Newberg, Oregon that was listed but was gone when I tried to play it in May of 08. Someone from Oregon help me on the name of this old course.

Start adding to the list gentlemen.

The Valkyrie Kid

taxman 10-16-2008 03:09 PM

i've got two that i can add to the list here in northern michigan.

--Mt. Mcsauba in Charlevoix, MI had a course with baskets and it has been closed down. i never had a chance to play it and i don't know how long it was there. i beleive it is still listed on the PDGA course listing, but i know it is gone.

--just north of Harbor Springs, MI there was a Barnyard golf course (ball golf mainly). they had a disc golf gathering each year. that course is now covered with a condominium project.

that's all i have to add.

Three Putt 10-16-2008 03:14 PM

# 6-there was a course in Hannibal, Mo. back in the day. It went defunct and a buddy of mine bought the baskets. I think half of the baskets went into Jefferson Barracks and the other half were the original 9 hole course in Endicott Park. Anyway, I have no recollection of the name of that park.

# 7-Big Driver/Little Putter in Washington, Mo. It was a pay for play course set up next to a driving range. It lasted for maybe a year.

# 8-First Baptist Church in St. Charles, Mo. No need to comment other than it is gone.

# 9-Oceans of Fun in Kansas City, Mo. It was a 9 hole pitch and putt where they rented fastbacks to park visitor to play with. At some point they built a ride over that land and the baskets vanished.

RustyP 10-16-2008 03:59 PM

Garland Scout Ranch in Stonewall, LA - Only got to play it once...about 2 weeks before the baskets were pulled. AWESOME Houck design...tight and technical with some very unique holes. The story I got was that none of the Boy Scouts ever played it and not enough locals from Shreveport played there enough for the Scouts to justify keeping it. Very sad...everyone I know who played it loved it, just not enough local involvement.

John Houck even wrote a "dear diary" style article about his experience designing this course from scratch...it's a good read if you have time: Part 1 & Part 2

The Valkyrie Kid 10-16-2008 04:12 PM

Garland Scout Ranch is # 10

JR Stengele 10-16-2008 04:36 PM

Just out of Moscow, Idaho, there used to be a great little 9 hole course that had a mix of technical wooded holes and a few nice open holes in a meadow with a teepee in the middle. It had a nice winding stream through it as well. It was the perfect little get away with some cool elevation shots. Atleast it was there while I was in college at Wahington State University. = )

Rizbee 10-16-2008 05:19 PM

I'm very interested in this topic as I'm working with course directory data to map the locations of all courses, existing and extinct.

I have a few to add:

Rockledge DGC, Rockledge, FL - there were actually two versions of this course. The first was installed in 1977 or 78, then moved in about 1986 after the owners sold the land to Wal-Mart. They then sold the second piece of land also

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL - 9-hole course on the college campus near the football stadium. It was the victim of a huge stadium and parking lot expansion about 10 years ago.

Athens, GA - This was a pay-to-play that I played back in 1981 or 82. The baskets ended up at Northside Park in Gainesville, FL.

Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA - Great little 9-holer in a city park near north of downtown. Holes played across a cool little gulch. Victim of extreme vandalism that made maintenance costs too great. Pulled in the late '80's or early '90s.

Titusville, FL - Had a Fly-18 course at a ball golf course (Fly-18's first?) that was pulled after a few years. I never played there but T-ville is where I grew up, so that reason to go back is kaput.

Mobile, AL (or near-abouts) - Had a course at a KOA campground in the late 1970's. It got pulled shortly after opening because some of the female competitors at a tournament decided to play the last round topless. Tom Monroe knows the whole story.

South Gate Park, South Gate, CA - Near L.A. and Long Beach. I played it about 18 years ago. Heard it got pulled because of gangsta activity.

Jurupa Hills Park, Jurupa Hills, CA - Not too far from Innova headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga. 9-holer built on the side of rocky hill. I played it in 1990, not sure when it was pulled.

Bonneli Regional Park, San Dimas, CA - Just north of L.A. in the San Gabriel Valley (not far from Wham-O's old headquarters). Never played it. They needed the space to build a water park.

Bucklin Park, El Centro, CA - Never played there. It was in the ground in the early-to-mid 1980's. Would have been very hot and dusty.

Las Palmas Park, National City, CA - Same as above...

I'm sure I can come up with more...

nicfit 10-16-2008 05:43 PM

First course I ever played was a cool mountain course in Frazier Colorado called Grandma's. It is extinct and I miss it dearly. Thank god for Beaver Ranch tough!

Innovadude 10-16-2008 07:16 PM

Supposedly was a course near Ann Arbor, MI called "Kandahar" right before my time.

Traverse City MI- "Timberlee" - got pulled approx. 1999-2000. Was 24 hole ski resort course.

"Stonehenge" near Nashville, TN- private and used for 2001 Am. Worlds.

Also, keeping a tab on all temp. courses set up for tournaments?

Three Putt 10-17-2008 01:16 AM

I guess the God-King of all extinct disc golf courses would be the Boylan Family Tree Farm course in Laurel Springs, NC. When I googled it to make sure I spelled it right, I noticed that Ken Climo still has it listed as one of his favorite courses.


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