Volunteer Project – Thicket Clean Up and Sticker Bush Removal

Work Session a Success – Thank you Volunteers for Being Awesome!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out on the Sunday before Memorial day to do some very difficult work and create a space that people can use to get out of the sun during the hot days that are coming up very soon.

All Volunteer Disc Golf Army

Thank you to an amazing group of people

  • Nick
  • Jason
  • Ken
  • Greg
  • Robert
  • Nicholas
  • Parthiv
  • Bob
  • Jim
  • GOAT

I am so grateful for the help and work you have all shared with the Disc Golf course and the neighborhood. There are so many people that appreciate the work we are doing and the transformation of the old golf course into a new Disc Golf course.

Hole 9 on the West Course Grass Cut Too

We will be adding baskets to the East Course over the next 30 days. So play will begin this summer. We will also be adding new trees during the fall planting season so look forward to more fairway obstacles and places to get out of the sun.

Thank you all so very much for the continued support. Job well done Groundskeepers!

The Job for the Work Session

Design Phase Video Walkthrough of Hole 5 on the East Course.

When you watch the the hole 5 design video you will notice an area to the right of the green that is thick in vegetation and overgrowth.

This area is problematic for the front right basket position and should a player go long – getting their disc is a physically painful experience. The sticker bushes are plentiful and they have weaved themselves together to form a “net of arms and legs destruction”.

So we are going to tackle this area and clean it up.

There is an added benefit for the neighborhood as well since this area happens to be easily viewable from the road and looks pretty terrible.

Remove Invasive Overgrowth on Hole 5

On Sunday May 24, 2020:

  • Start time 9a
  • End time noon
  • You will need gloves, eye protection, cutting tools, long pants and probably long sleeves of some sort.

WARNING: Poison Oak, Sumac and Ivy has been spotted in this work area.

Location

We are going to be working in the area circled on the image below.

Click on the image to go to the Google Maps location.

A good spot to park is right there at the corner of Country Club and SanAndrew drive. This area is pretty close to the road so we don’t have to hike in quite as far.

Preview of the Work

This area isn’t as big as we worked on last time. But it’s a good chunk of overgrowth and it’s thick with sticker bushes.

Evil, evil sticker bushes.

What is the Goal of the Work Session?

There is an area between two fairways that I want to transform into an “oasis” area. Meaning, there is a lot of wide open space on the course and during the summer months it gets blazing hot out in the open fairways.

This area will allow players to duck out of the sun and cool off in the shade.

We will clear out the undergrowth and limb up the trees so there is an 8-10 foot canopy to stand beneath. Future project to get some benches in place for seating.

I will guarantee that you are going to feel a major sense of accomplishment and pride when we are done with the clean-up.

How Can I Volunteer to Help?

Use the “Contact Form” right here on the website to let me know you want to be added to the volunteer list. That’s it and it will get you started with us all on the journey to build West Winds Disc Golf course.

Thank you all in advance for your help, time and energy. It is so greatly appreciated.

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

Other Work Sessions:

Disc Golf Cleanup on Hole 4 of the “East Course” – Success

The work session over the weekend was a total and complete success because of our amazing volunteers. None of this could have been completed in the four hour window without each of their time and energy commitment to the greater good. Thank You for Being Awesome! Jim GOAT Kevin J Dave Kevin M Victor Bob … Continue reading Disc Golf Cleanup on Hole 4 of the “East Course” – Success

Loading…

Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.

Disc Golf Cleanup on Hole 4 of the “East Course” – Success

Staying 6ft Away From One Another.

The work session over the weekend was a total and complete success because of our amazing volunteers. None of this could have been completed in the four hour window without each of their time and energy commitment to the greater good.

Thank You for Being Awesome!

  • Jim
  • GOAT
  • Kevin J
  • Dave
  • Kevin M
  • Victor
  • Bob

Coverage of WOrk Session

Coverage of the Volunteer Work Session

Didn’t KNow About the Project

During the demo rounds played by our many local testers it became readily apparent that no one liked to fish out errant discs from the waist deep sticker bushes that took over the creek area at the bottom of hole 4.

Design Phase Tour – Zoom Over of “Valley of Death”

I personally went in there twice and did not enjoy crawling around through the thicket because I will leave “No Disc Left Behind”.

With the notes from the demo player feedback I setup the work session to clear out “The Valley of Death”.

Pure Nastiness – A Detail of Pain

Before

After

Well, there you go Disc Golf fans. When the baskets go in you will not have to deal with the total nightmare that used to be the “Valley of Death”. Now it’s more like the “Valley of Minor Nuissance”. It’s still not a good idea to throw into the creek because that uphill shot will punish you enough.

Do You Like Good Looking Grass?

I do. I like to keep the grass height down, prevent rodents and to keep the neighborhood looking it’s best.

Kosal and I met while working in property management for a mid-size company. She has stayed in the industry and I have moved to working for the U.S. Census Bureau (submit your 2020 Census Today).

We both are very aware of the effects “curb appeal” have on the value that people place on their community. We are also extremely aware of how it affects the value that outsiders apply to the community as well.

The Disc Golf course allows an opportunity to contribute to the overall look and feel of the entire neighborhood whether you play or not.

HOw Can I Help With the Course

Right now, you can volunteer your time by using the Contact Form to let me know you are interested in helping out.

Sponsor a Basket, Sponsor a Tee-Pad, Sponsor an entire fairway and support the course in any way you can.

When I have the membership package details setup on the site – Join the Disc Golf Club. As you might imagine the course here is not immune to costs. So, even if you don’t play Disc Golf – your membership will help out all of us in the neighborhood.

I have to figure out a way to contribute to the overall course maintenance.

The property owner has been very generous in allowing me to setup the course. However, the Disc Golf course is responsible to contribute to the fuel and equipment costs of maintaining the grass.

Kosal and I have paid the costs for the first 18 Innova Discatcher baskets – so we’ve got skin in this game and we are looking for the best possible outcome over the upcoming decades.

In Case I Haven’t Said it Enough

I truly am so very appreciative of all the volunteers who came out to help with the clear out work on hole 4. That job would not have been completed without your time and effort.

Thank you. Thank you.

Ok, Disc Golf fans… get out and throw some discs!

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

What A Tournament Might Look Like at West Winds Disc Golf

I found coverage of the 2019 San Francisco Open and could see many similarities between the two properties. Now this is not an exact match as Gleneagles has a bit more tree as obstacle in the layout.

With a bit of imagination it isn’t hard to see that the course here could be a showcase for Disc Golf like what has been pulled off by the tournament directors, course designers, volunteers and owners of the Gleneagles course in California.

Men’s 2019 San Francisco Open Coverage

To avoid spoilers for those who have not seen the tournament I will not talk about the winners of the Men and Women’s Pro Open.

But I will share some of the tournament stats. It was held over two days with three rounds played during that time period. With men and women combined there were 155 competitors battling for a total purse of $42,902 dollars.

Women’s 2019 San Francisco Open Coverage

I have no doubt that we can build a tournament of this level within the first 5-10 years of the course hosting competitive play. This is totally doable disc golf fans.

How Can I Help Bring the Dream Alive

Come out when we open and play as many rounds of Disc Golf that you can – all year long. We have to wait to see how all this COVID-19 stuff is going to play out.

But until then. We have a few volunteer work projects that need extra hands to help out with.

Maybe you are someone who isn’t into diving into ditches to clear them out?

Well, we can use people with art backgrounds to create our logo, take pictures of the course to use on the website, video talent to create content for the YouTube channel, social media masters to help get the word out.

There is probably some aspect of this project that you can help out with. Use the Contact Form to send me a message of support and I’ll add you to the volunteer roster.

Insane Paul McBeth BeastMode Highlights

I’m trying to include some amazing videos of Disc Golf that keep the flame alive and will hopefully inspire new players to try the sport.

Here is a collection of amazing highlights from the 5 time World Champion Paul McBeth.

Incredible Paige Pierce Highlights

Fans of Women’s Disc Golf know that you just can’t mess with Paige Pierce. She is deadly long from the tee, her approach shots are money and her putts are at the top of the sport.

Check out this amazing collection of clips from the 5 time World Champion during 2019.

What Do I Do now?

All this video got you pumped up… get out an throw some plastic!

Avery Jenkins gets us on track to practice like a pro.

The worst thing for your game is to spend too much time in front of your device. You must get out to the field to get better.

How Do I pick a Disc Golf Driver for Distance?

Best Disc Golf Discs put together a very good video that breaks down the physics of which driver you should look at adding to your bag.

Many aspects of flight are discussed and what the pros are doing to make their selections.

Science and Disc Golf are awesome.

Alright, that’s a whole bunch of Disc Golf awesomeness. Time to put it down and go throw some plastic to make my own game better.

Look forward to seeing you on the course soon. Stay safe and healthy Disc Golf fans!

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

Weekend Warriors Take on a Monumental Task

The other day when driving into the neighborhood I noticed that the monument for the Disc Golf course had become quite overgrown. Maybe you have noticed it as well – it’s kind of hard to miss at the corner of Country Club and SanAndrew.

Before

After

Taming the Overgrowth

With 50-60 paper lawn bags, a machete, a few hand tools and dodging the rain this weekend a few eager, willing and courageous warriors will fight their way through the dense overgrowth. We have been warned that a family of skunk has lived here and there are rumors that hermit disc golfers have caved in the brush while waiting for baskets to be installed.

It’ll be an intense battle between nature and volunteer. But we’re strong and ready for the fight.

How Can I Help Support This Mission?

As we clear out this vegetation we will be bagging it in paper yard bags.

When you drive by:

  • Grab one or two to put with your yard waste (dump is closed)
  • Say hi and honk your support
  • Take pictures and post on social media

This is not a structured work session. With the rain forecast it is going to be a situation where if the opportunity to get out there presents itself we’ll head out. But there should be plenty of good weather to get it done.

If you’re interested in helping out – just stop by and lend a hand. But for goodness sakes maintain social distancing and all that.

Huge Thank You

Jay and Bob stopped by to lend a hand with pulling out old overgrowth. Rob lent a hand by taking away many bags of cut grasses.

A mystery neighbor also stopped by and picked up yard bags too.

Three of my children threw in some elbow grease to help out too.

I appreciate the help from everyone. The corner of Country Club and SanAndrew are looking good.

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

Volunteer Project – Clearing Out the Valley of Death

Design Phase Video Walkthrough of Hole 4 on the East Course.

On hole 4 (East Course) there is a dreaded area of doom and destruction that has been labeled “The Valley of Death” by the players who have played demo rounds.

The valley has a stream that runs through it and right now it has been allowed to over grow with the most diabolical sticker bushes. Pain, heartache, turmoil, dread, despair and actual blood flows by any player that is unfortunate enough to land in this area.

Turns out. It’s really easy to end up there and no one wants to have to give blood to just get their disc back. I agree with the feedback from the test players.

Remove Invasive Overgrowth on Hole 4

On Sunday May 3, 2020:

  • Start time 9a
  • End time noon
  • You will need boots for water, gloves, eye protection, cutting tools, long pants and probably long sleeves of some sort.

Location

We are going to be working in the area circled on the image below.

Click on the image to go to the Google Maps location.

The stream is below the tee pad and very overgrown with vegetation.

Preview of the Work

So there are no surprises for anyone who volunteers for this mission. We’re going to be working in and around a stream with water running through it. The stream bank is a bit high and the growth is very thick.

You will probably get stuck many times by the very thorny growth and I assume there will be many curse words uttered during the process. You may question your decision making skills and wonder why you ever agreed to do this in the first place.

Evil, evil sticker bushes.

I will guarantee that you are going to feel a major sense of accomplishment and pride when we are done with the clean-up.

How Can I Volunteer to Help?

Use the “Contact Form” right here on the website to let me know you want to be added to the volunteer list. That’s it and it will get you started with us all on the journey to build West Winds Disc Golf course.

Thank you all in advance for your help, time and energy. It is so greatly appreciated.

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

Course Layout Happens Now

Over the past few weekends the layout of the course has been taking shape. There are 18 flag marked holes laid out on the eastern side of the property with the other 18 on the western side going in now.

The course is at a point where test rounds can begin and collection of feedback from players to help refine the overall design can be tuned. We are looking for players of different skill sets to test play the course (there are no baskets yet) by playing to the pink flags that mark potential basket locations.

Get Permission to Play Test Rounds Prior to Coming out to the Course

Please contact Joseph Booth before playing your round. The course is not open to the public yet and we are not ready to open this up to everyone at this time.

Currently there are orange flags marking tee box locations, pink flags marking basket locations, and white flags marking out of bounds. Over the winter the markers will be upgraded to stakes and we are working on getting temporary baskets setup for more realistic rounds. It will take some time.

Pictures of the hole layouts and video tours will be coming up in a few weeks. This helpful content will be posted here.

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

Subscribe to Blog to Follow Development

The best way to keep up with developments of the course is to subscribe to the blog. In the future we will have a presence on a few select social media channels but that isn’t happening quite yet.

Looking for Disc Golf Course Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering this spring with digging basket holes, digging out teepads, general course maintenance, tree planting and that sort of think?

Contact Joseph Booth so you can be added to our volunteer list. Thank you!