ASHLAND, Ore. — Every week a local group of disc golf enthusiasts go to Emigrant Lake in Ashland to play a round.
“I’ve met some of my best friends out here playing golf so the people, being outside, it’s great,” John Bostwick said.
It’s not a professional course, but these players, part of the Rogue Valley Disc Golf Club, still have a great time.
“It’s the joy, the anguish, you know, the thrill of the game and out in this beautiful park,” Paul Fraser said. “I mean, I’m walking around in a park with wearing a weird purse full of toys.”
“That’s a huge part of it, being outside, doing something, not sitting at home playing video games,” Bostwick said. “There’s also a very serious element. You know, everybody has fun, but they’re also very competitive at the same time.”
Bostwick is so serious about disc golf that he’s currently working to turn this makeshift course in to a professional, sanctioned course.
“Everything you see, these targets, we hung all these targets, and it’s just time of playing it, figuring holes out,” Bostwick said. “When we have a course to play, people kind of come out of the woodwork. There’s lots of disc golfers in the Valley. So they see us out and about. They’ll come out and come play.”
Golfers like Paul Fraser, who is a law student at the University of Oregon.
“This club is making moves. It’s cool to see where it’s going,” Fraser said. “I think that right now is a pretty exciting time for the Rogue Valley Disc Golf Club. I’m excited to be a part of it at this moment.”
Bostwick is a Professional Disc Golf Association member. He competes at major tournaments all around the region, but his hear is with this club, the course and the sport of disc golf.
For more information on the Rogue Valley Disc Golf Club, check out their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1421700038100679/?ref=br_tf