Disc golf course opens
Plumas County’s first disc golf course with regulation baskets was opened May 18 after a crew of volunteers helped the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship with some trail building to complete the course at The Brewing Lair in Blairsden.
Building the course was a two-year endeavor for Rich DeLano and Susan Duniphin, owners of the brewery. They recently obtained all the baskets they needed to finish the course.
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship decided to help The Brewing Lair, as the brewery has been one of the stewardship’s strongest supporters in the past. Fifteen volunteers came out to turn the little piece of paradise into a fully functional course.
“It was amazing,” said Duniphin. “It turned out way better than I ever imagined it would. It took only half the time we allotted to finish the course.”
Brush cutting, trail building and basket setting was all accomplished during the work day. Volunteers were rewarded with beer from the brewery and lunch provided by Pangaea Café and Pub.
While building one of the trails, Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship staff member Mandy Beatty discovered a nest of robin eggs right in the middle of the trail on the third hole. Trail work was then directed around the nest, so as not to disturb the mother bird and her eggs.
The course includes nine holes over a 15-acre area. Many challenging aspects including turns, dips and traps are included in the course. The course is open to the public and free to play.
Duniphin and DeLano’s future plans include putting in a second set of tee boxes to essentially make the course 18 holes.
Those interested in more information or in starting a tournament can call The Brewing Lair at 394-0940.