Crooked River Ranch Roundup

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Rancher Sean Remer, left, designed the disc golf course with the help of Jim Tobish, also of CRR.Crooked River Ranch Club and Maintenance Association boards historically have been successful managing Ranch operations with eyes focused on income versus outlays for expenses.

Their goal each fiscal year is to end it with a surplus. They strive to do that without resorting to steep increases in annual property owner dues, which always are protested with anguished cries by homeowner association members.

Periodic events like the two Steel Stampede motorcycle races and monthly First Fridays have provided extra income to the HOA coffers that have established an almost unbroken record of fiscal year surpluses. This has allowed HOA boards and annual budget committees to keep dues increases to modest periodic upticks that most members accept as tolerable if not pleasurable.

The latest effort to raise income is the establishment of a disc golf course, recently opened on Ranch property adjacent to the baseball diamond and around it in the same area where the Steel Stampede events are held.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Rancher Jim Tobish practices hitting Hole 6 of the disc golf course at CRR.The local course was designed by Ranch Cabins owner Sean Remer, who owns and operates them with his wife, Onya. Remer operated a disc golf course several years in Washington before moving to the Ranch. The local course is officially known locally as “Coyotes Den DGC,” and is a regulation size 18 holes.

Unlike traditional golf, played with a bagful of clubs and little dimpled balls, disc golf is played with Frisbee-shaped and sized discs tossed by players from a tee set at varying distances from the pin that is the alternative to the hole in regular golf.

It can be played by most adults and children capable of flipping a disc at the pins and walking the course or part of it. The game is both challenging and entertaining. It also has the additional benefit to players of being outside in fresh air and providing healthy exercise.

According to Remer, “The course ranges from 5,480-6,700 feet. A course rating has yet to be determined, but the low score is -5 under. The targets are Disc King “King Pins” approved for championship use. The tees are currently compacted gravel. The elevation varies from flat to steep. The course remains under development but open for play.”

Remer has long been interested in disc golf. “I have personally seen its success, growth and impact over the years," he said. "We had a little family golf course back in Washington and I decided to purchase four baskets (pins) for my own enjoyment."

"Players quickly started showing up and the course grew to 18 holes and became very popular," he continued. "We had players from across the nation come have their try at it. It’s like that old saying, 'Build it and they will come.'"

"Not long after our move to the Ranch," said Remer, "we were asked if we had any ideas for new attractions/recreation. Disc golf was my answer."

The disc golf course is located by the Dick Chandler Ball Field. Hole No. 1 begins left of the Lions Memorial Park and zigzags for five holes up and around the Steel Stampede Track. Hole No. 6 runs behind the park and continues all the way to Hill Road and back.

"The first six holes are a great loop to start with for beginners," said Remer.

The income raising angle of disc golf is that an “honor” box is situated at the first hole for deposit of the suggested $5 fees to be donated. Tee times are not yet required and normal golf courtesy is in order. Discs are available for purchase at the Ranch office and questions will be answered there.

On Oct. 19, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to honor the opening of the “Coyotes Den Disc Golf Course.” At 10:15 a.m., there will be a dynamic golf clinic teaching fundamentals of the game and at 10:45 a.m., the ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place. The course will open for play at 11 a.m.

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