Disc golf and horseshoe players making good use of park equipment


Wellfield Park’s nine-basket disc golf course is so popular there is talk of expanding. As for the park’s horseshoe course, some have suggested adding cornhole tournaments.

The disc golf and horseshoe courses both opened in Elm Street Park earlier this year. They came with a set of upgrades that included multi-purpose field upgrades and three scorecards for girls’ softball fields.

Ramona Parks and Recreation Executive Director Dawn Perfect, who helps run the park, said she sees players of all skill levels using the disc golf course throughout the day. The only downside is that this is a beginner level course and those who already master it start walking down the hill to Kit Carson Park in Escondido or Mast Park in Santee for more difficult lessons, a she declared.

“It’s very popular, but as the sport grows in the community, we realized there was a need for something beyond the beginner level,” said Perfect. “The bottom line is that Ramona would benefit from increasing the number of baskets and the difficulty of the course.”

Perfect would like to see nine more baskets added to the course. She has a map that shows where the extra baskets could be placed and plans to add obstacles such as trees, rocks and varied terrain to make the course more difficult.

Ramona residents Christian Wright, 18, and his father, Keith Wright, were playing disc golf together on a recent weekday. Keith Wright said he played the sport 25 years ago, but introduced the game to his son about a year ago.

Christian Wright said he liked the convenience of having disc golf in Ramona so that he didn’t have to travel to Escondido and Santee parks.

The duo said they can play the course two to three times a week because it is so close.

“It’s a great place to be able to practice,” said Christian Wright. “I like being able to come here and see how I’m progressing day by day as far as I can pitch. I hope to participate in a tournament in December.

His father described the course as fairly easy to play with no danger or danger of losing records unless they were thrown into the ravine.

“I think it’s wonderful spending time with my son,” he said. “It’s fun to be able to share time with him. He’s better than me and can throw the disc much further than me.

Planning for an expanded course is still in its early stages, Perfect said. But as the momentum grows for the added baskets, she said she would love to see volunteers stepping up to help keep it going.

“It’s in good shape right now, but I’m concerned that the increased complexity of the course and the number of baskets may mean that more maintenance effort is needed,” she said. “Right now we can get someone on a tractor to mow the area of ​​the disc golf course, but expanding it to more baskets means more area that needs that attention.”

Christian Wright and his father Keith Wright enjoy playing disc golf together several times a week.

(Julie Gallant)

A short distance from the disc golf course is a horseshoe-shaped hall with 12 lanes inside a fence for reserved play, and three lanes outside the fence that anyone can play at. any time. The three exterior corridors are of the same quality as the interior corridors, which are kept locked as they contain a storage cabinet for tools required for maintenance.

Horseshoe clubs across Southern California use the course for Southern California Horseshoe Pitching Association tournaments. Any member of the association’s club can play in the scheduled tournaments, Perfect said.

Don Taylor enjoys participating in the monthly National Horseshoe Pitching Association tournaments.

Don Taylor enjoys participating in the monthly National Horseshoe Pitching Association tournaments.

(Michael Baldauf)

The lobby recently hosted 30 players for a Grace Community Church tournament.

“We’re just starting to see bands using it and we’d love to see more of it,” Perfect said. “The horseshoe pits are not being used as much as we would like. “

One idea is to expand the use of long lanes for cornhole tournaments.

Tim Humitz throws a horseshoe at the Wellfield Park Horseshoe Competition.

Tim Humitz throws a horseshoe at the Wellfield Park Horseshoe Competition.

(Michael Baldauf)

Since the course opened, the Ramona National Horseshoe Pitching Association has held monthly NHPA tournaments in Ramona – the ninth on September 18.

The tournaments attract 16 to 24 players, said Jorge Romero, group president and organization vice president at Balboa Park and Cardiff-by-the-Sea. In San Diego and Los Angeles, the NHPA hosts 166 tournaments each year. Romero’s goal is to hold two tournaments a month in Ramona next year.

Some of the key players in the community are Don Taylor, a player over 70 who has won a tournament and came in second place three times, and Rose Stevenson, the first player to sign up for Ramona who has already played in six tournaments. Players of all skill levels are welcome to compete, but they will be divided into divisions based on their skill levels, Romero said.

The course has been slow in attracting players, he admitted, either because people don’t know it’s open or because it was too hot in the summer to play. Perfect announced it on Facebook, which helped let people know when it was available, he said, but he hopes word-of-mouth messages will attract even more players.

The horseshoe champion, who has won 205 tournaments, said he was receptive to the idea of ​​hosting cornhole tournaments in the horseshoe competition. Cornhole sets require 30 feet of launch space, and horseshoe tracks are 40 feet long, so there is ample space.

“I don’t see why,” he said. “If we have one or two tournaments a month, they can schedule our days off. “


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