Work begins on disc golf course

2010-10-16T11:00:00Z Work begins on disc golf courseBy Rachel Finney, Outdoors Editor Coos Bay World
October 16, 2010 11:00 am  • 


Last Friday, the West Coast Flyers and Neil "Doc" Esteves broke ground on the new disc golf course at Airport Heights Park in North Bend.

The first and 10th holes are finished, as each basket, nine in all, has two different tee boxes to complete the 18-hole course.

"The hole itself came out way more beautiful and better than we expected," Esteves said. "It's just a beautiful hole."

He is excited to add on another course to the area's other two courses - one at Mingus Park and another at Winsor Park.

He said this course looks to be more demanding.

"I've had quite a few people say that these two holes play way harder," he said. "It's way more difficult than the other courses."

He added that the course will be a fast favorite of avid disc golfers looking for a bigger challenge.

One major factor? The wind.

"It makes things more difficult," he said, adding that the first and 10th holes will be playing right into a headwind.

Today, work will begin on the second hole.

"I hope the next ones come out just as well, if not better," Esteves said.

The timeline for finishing the course is uncertain.

"Everything's volunteer, and I've got businesses lined up to buy the first (six) holes," he said.

Esteves added that they'll mostly work one Saturday at a time, since workers are volunteering their free moments, and "not getting anything out of it."

Scott Schleis, who was tossing a few discs Thursday to try out the new hole, didn't quite agree.

"We're getting a new course," he said with a grin.

Esteves still is taking donations to buy baskets, which cost $400 apiece. Donations pay for the basket and its shipping costs, and donors earn a sticker on the basket stating who purchased it. Esteves paid for tee boxes by fundraising separately.

Esteves can be reached for further questions at 541-269-9064.


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