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Disc golf glides to Cannon

Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, throws a disc on the recently opened disc golf course at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., on Dec. 13, 2017. The course has nine holes of varying distance, ranging from 100 to 250 meters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, throws a disc on the recently opened disc golf course at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., on Dec. 13, 2017. The course has nine holes of varying distance, ranging from 100 to 250 meters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Foster, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, retrieves a disc from a target on the recently opened disc golf course at Cannon Air Base, N.M., on Dec. 13, 2017. The course is open at all times, and can be played with personally owned discs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Foster, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, retrieves a disc from a target on the recently opened disc golf course at Cannon Air Base, N.M., on Dec. 13, 2017. The course is open at all times, and can be played with personally owned discs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

A disc lies on the newly opened disc golf course at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., on Dec. 13, 2017. The course is free to use and discs are available for free rental at Whispering Winds Golf Course.

A disc lies on the newly opened disc golf course at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., on Dec. 13, 2017. The course is free to use and discs are available for free rental at Whispering Winds Golf Course.

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

A free 9-hole disc golf course opened in Unity Park at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, December 11th, 2017.

 

The course is always open to those with their own discs, but free rental discs and maps of the course are available in the Pro Shop located at the Whispering Winds Golf Course on Cannon. The course is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to dusk.

 

The course, with holes ranging from 100 yards to 250 yards, was designed and created by Outdoor Recreation. The head of the project, John Underhill, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron director of Outdoor Recreation, has wanted to set up a disc golf course since becoming the director in 2010.

 

“Disc golf has been a growing sport, it’s become more popular,” said Underhill. “It’s a good way to get people out and doing something. Get out of the house, get out of the dorms, get some fresh air, and have fun.”

 

Several months ago, the order to start building was issued. Originally, there was a plan to use a professional designer for the course, but then the decision was made for Outdoor Recreation to handle the project.

 

“They told us to start working on it, and we did,” Underhill said. “It was 100 percent Outdoor Recreation.”

 

Once the equipment was purchased, Underhill planned the course. With a mostly open area, and using the overpass tunnel at the main gate to provide an extra difficulty, the course is a fun challenge for beginners and experts alike.

 

For questions about the course, contact Outdoor Recreation at 575-784-2773.

 

For inquiries about available discs, contact Whispering Winds Golf Course at 575-784-2800.