Disc golf course/tourney debut in Eagle Nest

(Courtesy Photo)
Fans and newbies alike can check out the new disc golf course at Eagle Nest Lake State Park in a Fun Recreational/Amateur Disc Golf Tournament Saturday (July 7) as part of the activities celebrating Eagle Nest Dam’s Centennial Anniversary.

Tournament details:

  • Registration: 8 a.m., Saturday (July 7) at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center Group Shelter (Starter Shack), 42 Marina Way, Eagle Nest, New Mexico
  • Fee: None, though the standard park day-use permit of $5 per day per vehicle applies. New Mexico State Park Regulations also apply.
  • Play starts: 9 a.m. with an estimated finish by noon
  • Categories: Youth under age 18, Adult 18 – 39, Adult 40 – 54, Senior 55+
  • Token Trophies in each category for: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
  • Prizes: Disc golf merchandise prize pool valued at about $350
  • Bring your own discs, rent discs at $2 per disc or $5 for three discs with a $20 rental deposit for up to three discs, or purchase INNOVA DX Custom Commemorative discs ($15 and $20 each)

Eagle Nest’s 2,771-foot course is located a short distance on the trail north of the group shelter at the Park Visitor Center. It has excellent scenic views of Eagle Nest Lake and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, including the mountains surrounding Wheeler Peak, the State’s highest peak at 13,161′ above sea level.

The course has nine INNOVA DISCatcher baskets with dirt tees of which three have intermittent water, four have trees to contend with, and there are elevation changes on six of the nine baskets. Come play in the cool mountain air and see why the following unique names were chosen for the baskets: #1 IRONEYES, #2 DON’T BLINK, #3 DAISY DO, #4 SHOW OFF, #5 ZIANADO, #6 GREEN CHILE, #7 BILLY GOAT X, #8 GONE FISHIN’, #9 FIREANTZ.

#5 ZIANADO plays 325′ to the northeast with a backhand drive out over the floodplain of Eagle Nest Lake and past shoreline trees to glide about 50′ down into the basket. To help in picking the right disc to ace this basket, you might watch the soaring eagles to get a sense of the air currents.

This is the first disc golf course in a New Mexico State Park and is the result of collaborative work between New Mexico State Parks and Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks. Friends members Kyle Dehler and Stevie Lund were instrumental in laying out the course, and Greg Nesbit has organized the July 7 tournament.