Saturday’s fundraiser aims to create a new disc golf course in Longmont

With a view of the Rocky Mountains to the west, Dominic Martinez always thought a golf course would be very much a complement to Westview Middle School.

Now, with the help of Longs Peak Disc Golf Club, his vision has become a reality.

Westview Middle School eighth grader Alex Sendler, left, and Dominic Martinez look at one of the course holes at Westview Middle School on Friday. (Cliff Grasmic/staff photographer)

Martinez is a middle school guidance counselor and captain of the Disc Youth Golf Club, which he started this year. When he’s not teaching youngsters this craft, he’s on the field with members of the Longs Peak Disc golf club.

With help from the club, a new Wildcat Ridge golf course at the middle school will soon be completed.

To help the final pieces fall into place, Longs Peak Disc Golf Club will host a fundraising ride on Saturday at Prep School, 1651 Airport Rd. Event check-in is 9:30 a.m. with a hunting rifle at 10 a.m.

Martinez and Amy Sindler, Vice President of Longs Peak Disc Golf Club, hope the fundraiser will bring in about $1,500 to support installation and materials for the course.

The Wildcat Ridge will have 10 baskets, including one for training. The course wraps around the school with the first basket on the east side of the track and the last on the north side.

Besides the view, Sendler said there are some other big perks to the course location.

“This (course) is going to be pretty much exclusive to disc golf, so you don’t have to worry about drivers or people coming on skateboards,” Sendler said. “It will provide a kind of cleaner area for us to throw in.”

Martinez hopes the course will benefit the youngsters, who initially linked him to the sport.

Martinez recalls how Sendler’s son, Alex Sendler, 14, a student at Westview, had a disc at school one day. Martinez asked him about playing golf and that was when he found out about the local club and soon after got involved.

Mark Spencer, Westview School Principal, said he can see students taking advantage of the disc golf course during lunch breaks or after school hours. It will also benefit those who live in Longmont, he said.

“Having a golf course here provides community access,” Spencer said. “Obviously a golf course is something students can use, but it’s also for our community. The people in our community have an extra place to come and spend time together.”

Work on the course has already begun, with holes dug for baskets this week. Martinez said the goal is to open the course to the public sometime in early June.

With the creation of a new course, Martinez said he is excited about the enthusiasm the sport will ignite.

“It’s a great sport. It’s a welcoming community,” Martinez said. “Involving young people, too, will help grow (that) as well.”

To join Saturday’s fundraising match:

Those interested in playing Saturday to raise money for Wildcat Ridge can sign up online at: Entry fee is $20.

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