Discs flew at grand opening of Rita Blanca Disc Golf
By Robin Scott
Last Saturday, November 7th, a beautiful clear warm day, brought out scores of people anxious to throw a disc at the brand new Rita Blanca Disc Golf Course. The lunchtime opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was a welcomed event for “Frisbee” enthusiasts.
According to the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), “The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc.” Many disc golf courses are open and free to the public as is the new disc golf course located at Rita Blanca Lake. The crowd that arrived at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday was given their very own discs, graciously donated by First National Bank, Academy Sport and Innova Disc Golf, and a lucky few also received extra goodies in several drawings.
The 9-hole disc golf course is located west of the Rita Blanca Coliseum on FM 281. Disc golf is a fast growing outdoor activity everyone may enjoy because all that’s required is a disc (or even a Frisbee) and the energy to walk the course while playing. Many people played the entire course, while several chose to play only a hole or two several times, eliminating the need to walk the entire course.
Food, prizes and give-a-ways at Saturday’s celebration were provided by the City of Dalhart, United Supermarket, the ROC (Recreation Outreach Center) of First Baptist Church, First National Bank, Academy Sport and Innova Disc Golf. No one walked away emptied handed or hungry. “Snickers,” a chocolate cocker spaniel even got in on eating the hotdogs; however, she provided entertainment while she ate when her owner placed bits of hotdogs on her nose and then she tossed them into her mouth.
Kurtis Abla is the man behind the new disc golf course, City Manager Greg Duggan and Chamber of Commerce President Kristine Olsen attended the event with enthusiasm, and Duggan tossed the first disc, officially opening the course to the public. As an additional note, Duggan threw a mighty fine disc!
The efforts of Abla, Duggan and the Lake Board have provided Dalhart with a great new way to enjoy the outdoors. The course is open now and fully functional, free of charge to the public. Abla spoke to the group Saturday stating, “We are excited that most everyone will be able to enjoy this new park.”