Disc golf offers the benefits of hiking


One of the cool things about hiking is that I can let go of my competitive nature and enjoy the outdoors with Anna.

When we walk, all is well with the world. Hiking is simply walking a distance, especially on trails or in the woods. Disc Golf at Ruidoso is a version of hiking, but my competitive spirit seems to resurface when we play Grindstone Lake Disc Golf Course. Despite my compulsion to compete and my desire to win, Anna always wins. Always.

Sunday after work, Anna and I, along with our friends Billy and Rhett, went to play disc golf. The weather was perfect and I was excited to play. Billy and Rhett are flatter Texans who had never played disc golf before, but both are excellent athletes so I expected a fun night out.

The first nine turned out to be better than expected. In fact, I felt like the bishop of the movie “Caddyshack” was playing his best round of golf ever. The scene from the traditional golfer movie playing the part of his life when a storm dramatically attacks his exit comes to mind. My storm was our two heavy breathing friends from Texas and my unhealthy competition with Anna. After three holes of disc golf, I beat my sweet wife. After five holes, my lead had increased. I didn’t want to gloat or rub it off, especially in front of our friends, but I couldn’t resist.

After each hole, I spoke a little and even did a few dance steps. My newbie friends were having fun and I was blaming my wife. The world was right. Anna made a big comeback at hole seven and I started to get scared. Then I started to channel the bishop of “Caddyshack”. I even quoted the Bishop’s statement before my hole number nine: “The good Lord would certainly never disrupt the best game of my life!” I finished the first nine baskets strong and beat my lovely wife for the first time in my life. I spoke a little louder as we walked back to the parking lot.

You can’t play Grindstone without playing Nine Mountain Goat; the four of us crossed the street and started the second nine holes of our adventure. The new mountain is difficult. Many parts of the course involve serious elevation hikes and if you do a bad throw it is like hiking in the backcountry. Billy was the first to take on this challenge. At hole 12 Billy leaned back, growled and threw his disc extremely hard. He hit a solid tree with his dynamic disk driver. I thought the tree was falling. Anna turned her tickle box over and laughed hysterically at Billy. This really relaxed Anna. From that point on, she started pitching like a pro. With every hole Billy and Rhett played better and Anna started kicking my ass. At hole 14, my lead was gone. At hole 16, Billy and Rhett were making a few pars. Anna started to dance and answer me seriously. By the end of the round, Anna had taken a dominant lead. I had lost again.

The Ruidoso Disc Golf Course is an experience for everyone to enjoy. The cement blocks that start each hole are special and the sponsor’s starting area markings are a bonus. Streams, mountains, trees, and valleys all provide frustrating and fun obstacles. The best part is hanging out with friends in nature.

Disc golf is a skill. Disc golf is a hike. It doesn’t make a difference if you’ve never played before or if you’re carrying 20 records in your bag… it’s an adventure.

Thank you Village of Ruidoso and Ruidoso Parks and Recreation for providing the Grindstone Disc Golf course to our community and our visitors. When you enjoy this amazing ride, I encourage you to pick up your trash. Playing disc golf should be like a hike: “leave no trace, pack your bags and respect nature”.

Plus, from novice players to experienced pitchers, put your name and phone number on the back of your disc. If you find a disc on the course, please bring the Frisbee to Happy Hiker Ruidoso. We will call and help the rightful owner get their property back. Remember that it may be your disc that will be returned to you one day.

The hike is awesome. Being out in the mountains with friends is amazing. Disc golf is fun. Disc golf is even fun when your wife wins every time, dances, talks loudly, and smiles very sweetly at you.

And finally, Ruidoso is wonderful.

Rich and Anna Dozier love adventure. Rich adores Anna. They learned early in their marriage that life is a journey. In a relationship with; they hiked, biked, camped, camped and played in most parts of the western United States. They also took trips to eight different countries. Ruidoso, New Mexico is their favorite place around the world, so they settled down and opened Happy Hiker Ruidoso.

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