Saturday fundraiser aims to create a new disc golf course in Longmont
With a view of the Rocky Mountains to the west, Dominic Martinez always thought a disc golf course would be quite complementary to Westview Middle School.
Now, with the help of Longs Peak Disc Golf Club, his vision is becoming a reality.
Martinez is a middle school guidance counselor and the leader of a youth disc golf club, which he started this year. When he’s not teaching the craft to youngsters, he’s on the course with members of the Longs Peak Disc Golf Club.
With the help of the club, the new Wildcat Ridge disc golf course will soon be completed at the college.
To help the final pieces fall into place, the Longs Peak Disc Golf Club will host a fundraising round Saturday at the College, 1651 Airport Road. Check-in for the event is at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m.
Martinez and Amy Sindler, vice president of the Longs Peak Disc Golf Club, hope the fundraiser will raise around $1,500 to support the facility and necessary equipment for the course.
Wildcat Ridge will include 10 baskets, including one for training. The course goes around the school with the first basket located on the east side of the track and the last on the north side.
Besides the view, Sindler said the location of the course has other important advantages.
“This (course) will be pretty much exclusively for disc golf, so we won’t have to worry about passing cyclists or people on skateboards,” Sindler said. “It will just provide us with a sort of cleaner area to launch.”
Martinez hopes the course will give back to the youth, who initially connected him to the sport.
Martinez recalled how Sindler’s son, 14-year-old Westview student Alex Sindler, once had a record at school. Martinez asked him to play disc golf and that’s when he heard about the local club and soon after he got involved.
Westview principal Mark Spencer said he could see students using the disc golf course during lunch breaks or after school hours. It will also benefit those who live in Longmont, he said.
“Having a disc golf course here creates community access,” Spencer said. “Obviously a disc golf course is something that students will be able to use, but it’s also for our community. People in our community have an extra place to come and spend time together.
Work on the course has already begun, with the holes for the baskets being dug this week. Martinez said the goal is to open the course to the public in early June.
With a new course in place, Martinez said he is delighted with the excitement it will generate in the sport.
“It’s a great sport. It’s a welcoming community,” Martinez said. “Involving young people too, it will also help to grow.”
To participate in Saturday’s fundraising game:
Those interested in playing Saturday to raise funds for Wildcat Ridge can register online at: discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Westview_Fundraiser_2022. The entry fee is $20.