Apr 142004
 
Authors: Adrienne Hoenig

The disc golf course at CSU is being trimmed down again.

Last spring, the course was in danger of being moved off campus

entirely. A last-minute effort from students and the Associated

Students of CSU was able to keep the course on campus, minus two

problematic holes.

Recently, another hole has raised safety concerns for students

and faculty.

“One of the holes on the south side is causing problems. We had

people throwing Frisbees across the sidewalk,” said Earlie Thomas,

director of Environmental Health Services. “We’re going to go ahead

and remove that hole.”

Hole three is nestled among some trees near the lagoon, but it

is the area golfers tee-off from that is creating a problem.

“It doesn’t technically cross over a sidewalk but it parallels a

sidewalk,” said Ken Quintana, environmental health and safety

specialist at CSU. “We tried to get it so that it wouldn’t go over

any sidewalks.”

Three disc golf-related incidents occurred March 8, 9 and 10,

one of which required a student to get 16 stitches. Another

involved CSU Police Department Capt. Bob Chaffee.

These incidents prompted the University Safety Committee to

decide in a meeting Tuesday to remove the hole.

“We had three complaints in just a couple of days,” Quintana

said. “It puts the university in a liable state, just because of

all the concerns and complaints that we’ve had with that hole.”

The course is located west of the Lory Student Center. Some

students try to avoid walking near it for fear of flying

Frisbees.

“I try to avoid it,” said Brittany Aspromonte, a freshman

landscape architecture student. “It just makes you nervous.”

Aspromonte thinks removing holes and tee-off spots close to

sidewalks sounds like a reasonable solution.

“It would probably help,” she said.

Some golfers did not agree.

“I say we should leave it because they took out too many

already,” said Dan Devine, a sophomore math major. “(Passers-by)

should watch out when they hear ‘fore.’ People just like walking

around not paying attention.”

Many golfers said they try to watch out for people walking on

the sidewalks and usually yell “fore” or “heads” when they throw a

disc near the sidewalk.

“A lot of times we’ll call out ‘heads’ and people won’t even

look up,” said Joey Sudmeier, a junior restaurant and resort

management major. “They either need to move the course or make

people more aware.”

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