New 18-hole Disc Golf Course Planned for CSUSM

Disc Golf Course

Campus Recreation, a division of Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) at Cal State San Marcos, recently began a campaign to raise funds to build an 18-hole disc golf course on campus. Part of Campus Recreation's mission is to build permanent recreational facilities on campus for student and community use.

Disc golf, like traditional golf, is a game where the objective is to advance to the target with as few strokes (or throws) possible. Instead of using clubs and a ball, a flying disc is released toward the target, which is a standing basket. The sport can be played individually or as a group.

CSUSM Campus Recreation, led by Director Hugo Lecomte, chose construction of the course as its primary project this year. ASI is a student run 501(c)3 organization that oversees many of the student life organizations on campus. 

"As a University actively engaged in the life of our students and the community we serve, the new disc golf course will serve our goals of making CSUSM a destination location for those seeking a positive environment for recreation," said Lecomte. He also noted that on-campus recreational activities are contributing factors to student success, providing exercise, opportunities for socializing, and a stronger sense of home for students.

In addition to recreational use, the course will provide opportunities for both the College of Education and the Kinesiology Department in the College of Arts and Sciences to conduct pedagogical instruction. 

The no-fee course, slated to be completed in spring 2010, will also be open to community members who can play the course as it winds through campus. Several of the holes on the upper campus will be accessible for players in wheelchairs. The disc golf course at CSUSM will be the first at any Southern California college or university.

The $20,000 campaign to purchase equipment and pay for installation of the disc golf course was generously given a strong kick-off by several donors including the San Diego Aces, the local affiliate organization of the Professional Disc Golf Association. Representatives of the San Diego Aces recently presented a check to ASI in the amount of $2,500. 

When asked about the new partnership between San Diego Aces and Campus Recreation at CSUSM, Aces President Jeff Nichols pointed to the mission of San Diego Aces, which is to "build additional permanent disc golf courses in San Diego County." 

In Motion, Inc., event coordinator of the Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon, also generously contributed and CSUSM student organizations, including Zeta Beta Tau and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternities have endorsed the Campus Recreation project by providing financial support for the course.

Both fraternities expressed the importance of supporting this project that will keep students engaged in healthy activities on campus. Along with several generous individuals, they are helping the students of ASI create permanent facilities that will be used for years to come. 

Opportunities for giving to the disc course are available. Donors who provide $500 will have the opportunity to have their name printed on a tee sign.  For gifts of $25 or more, donors will receive a commemorative mini disc suitable for use as a marker or keepsake. For more information or to partner with ASI to raise the necessary amount needed for construction, please contact Monica Watkins at mwatkins@csusm.edu or (760) 310-9468.

In addition to recreational use, the course will provide opportunities for both the College of Education and the Kinesiology Department in the College of Arts and Sciences to conduct pedagogical instruction.