SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif. - Disc golf has now come to Cachuma Lake's recreation area with the opening of a new course.
It's taken months to work out design and approvals. Disc golf supporters teamed up with the Santa Barbara County Park department on the project. They also contributed about 300 volunteer hours.
The championship-style course is just inside the main gate. It covers over two miles of land in different areas of the park. Designers say it will take players near the lake, on hilltops and by campers. The course is 18 holes, and each target is on an elevated stand with chains as a basket.
All skill levels can play. The design has not only oak tree areas where precision tosses are the key, and also long distant clearings where powerful tosses are a benefit.
Santa Barbara County Supervisor Joan Hartmann says it's a passive sport without any disruption to others at the park. She was part of a ribbon cutting Friday and took one of the first tosses with a disc.
Jeff Lindgren with Santa Barbara County Parks said it took nearly a year to get the idea through the proper channel including the Bureau of Reclamation. Signage was created out of recycled wood on the park property.
Disc golfers Mike Roberts, Hugh Montgomery and Dean Dusette worked on the course and tried different combinations before finalizing the look now. They say it can be changed easily for different uses or events.
Supplies for disc golfing can be found at the Cachuma store. Admission to the park for the day is $10.00.