Portola Riverwalk Disc Golf Club members cheese for the camera before starting their round in front of the course signage by the Feather River on Saturday June 11. From left, Chris Rhode, Casey Williams, Jonathan Roseberry, Terry Grim, disc golf course designer John Houck, Tim Rhode and Tyler Stockdale. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

Grand Opening tournament at the Portola Riverwalk Disc Golf Course


The Portola Riverwalk Disc Golf Club had a beautiful, sunny day by the Feather River in Portola for their Grand Opening tournament at the Portola Riverwalk Disc Golf Course on Saturday, June 11.

A crowd of disc golf enthusiasts gathers together for the opening ceremony and shotgun start of the first official game on Saturday, June 11. Photo by Ian Hoffmann

An enthusiastic crowd gathered at the first HouckDesign course in California with discs in tow as members of the Graeagle Lions Club sold a continental breakfast nearby.

The Graeagle Lions Club takes a moment to strike a pose for the camera as they serve breakfast to hungry disc golfers. From left, John Petrini, John O’Donnell, Craig Simmons, Linda Cooley, Tom Cooley, Sandy Simmons and Steve Hagan. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

Before the 9 a.m. shotgun start, to the sound of whistles during the brief opening ceremony, club member Tyler Stockdale spoke about the many hours that went into the course by local volunteers and the City of Portola, thanking all for the hard work that brought the idea to life.

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Portola Riverwalk Disc Golf Club member Tyler Stockdale speaks during the opening ceremony, followed by renowned disc golf course designer John Houck, thanking all involved for bringing a disc golfing dream to life in Portola. Photo by Ian Hoffmann

“The City of Portola has been fantastic to work with, and we can’t thank them enough,” he said. “We also want to thank Tim Rhode for being a driving force in this,” he said, to much applause. Renowned disc golf course designer John Houck was also present and spoke briefly about the shared excitement of the official grand opening of the course and thanked all for joining in on the fun.

Players take turns warming up before the tournament starts as the sun shines on the nearby Feather River. Photo by Ian Hoffmann

After what Stockdale termed a “short and sweet ceremony” the attendees played through 18 holes, ending with the winning team, ‘Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica’ playing a cool -15 under par.

Presenting ‘Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica’ as the winning team at the first official Portola Riverwalk Disc Golf Course tournament. The team played -15 under par. Dwight Shrute would be proud! Photo submitted by Tyler Stockdale

The club is accepting members, and more information for the Portola Riverwalk Disc Golf Club and future disc golf events can be found online at portolariverwalkdgc.com or on Facebook on the Portola Riverwalk Disc Golf Course page.