IAIA to Open Disc Golf Course

Apr 2nd, 2015 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
An aerial view of IAIA’s new disc golf course.

An aerial view of IAIA’s new disc golf course.

On May 2, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will christen its new disc golf facility and officially open it to the public. Registration to play the course on opening day will start at 10:00 am and end at 2:00 pm. All registrants will receive a custom stamped disc of their choice and be provided an opportunity to play the new course. The free event will be hosted by the IAIA Associated Student Government (ASG) and Health and Wellness Department and is open to all disc golfers, visitors, and community members. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase a yearly membership to the disc golf course through the IAIA bookstore. All membership proceeds will benefit the ASG.

A set of discs with IAIA’s logo.

A set of discs with IAIA’s logo.

The purpose of the IAIA disc golf course is to offer a fun, healthy, and new recreational opportunity for IAIA students, staff, faculty, and the surrounding community. Developed as a component of the college’s health and wellness curriculum, disc golf is a game that can be played by all ages and genders. The course was designed by David McCormack of Gateway Disc Sports and is a prime example of high desert disc golf. Rolling hills and subtle elevation change are prominent features among groves of cedar, juniper, and cacti. “The IAIA course is the only private membership-based disc golf course in New Mexico,” says program organizer Ryan Flahive. “Members will enjoy a quality disc golf experience, the opportunity to eat at our Bon Appétit Café, (always open to the public during business hours), and enjoy the beautiful artistic amenities of our growing college campus.”

Disc golfers seek to land their discs in supported metal baskets in the fewest number of shots.

Disc golfers seek to land their discs in supported metal baskets in the fewest number of shots.

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of hitting a ball into a hole, a player throws a specialized flying disc, similar to a Frisbee, into a supported metal basket. The goal is the same: to complete the course in the fewest number of shots. The trees, shrubs, cacti, and terrain changes in and around the course present various challenges to the player. The course is located on the IAIA campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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