News: Fun is Par for Course
By Cheryl Dilgard
Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – Despite Sunday afternoon's downpour, disc golfers were out playing the game. Although the course has not had an official grand opening, as soon as the course equipment was put into place folks started heading to the course with Frisbees in hand.
"People starting going to play disc golf even before we got the field mowed," said John Tully, Morale Welfare and Recreation operations manager.
Disc golf is a growing sport throughout the United States and even boasts both amateur and professional teams. Here in Guantanamo the sport is also growing in popularity. Many have never played before, but are curious about the sport.
"I haven't had a chance to play yet, but I am definitely going to first chance I get," said Chris Ellis. "It looks like fun."
Others have played for years and bring their enthusiasm to the course.
"I got into disc golf because I used to play Ultimate Frisbee," said Liam Walsh. "Now I have been playing [disc golf] for five years. It's a lot of fun."
Future plans for the disc golf course include adding a permanent tent structure behind the Lateral Hazard golf shop, along with seating. The completion of the complex – which includes the disc golf course, the traditional golf course, the maintenance/cart shed, and the new Lateral Hazard golf shop – will allow golfers an opportunity to relax with a cold beverage under the shade after a round of golf or disc golf.