Twain Harte, CA —The T.U.D. Board, at its Tuesday meeting, voted unanimously to allow disc golfers to continue using a portion of its Sierra Pines property as a playing course.
While growing in popularity, the course, created several years ago by a local disc golf club, had been operating without the district’s permission. The district plans to use a portion of the property to develop water storage and a treatment facility. Several members of the public turned out to speak and show their support.
The subcommittee tasked with addressing the issue presented three options. The first, to dismantle the course for good, received no support from board members. The board debated the second and third alternatives: to temporarily remove the course and work with the club to get stakeholder approvals, eliminate district liabilities, and remove public health and safety concerns; or, to allow the course to continue operations, as is, and work with the disc golf club, moving forward, to remove concerns.
After much discussion and public commentary, a motion was made and approved 5-0. It will allow the course to remain open while district staff, a two-member ad hoc committee of board members and designated club representatives work to expedite a formal proposal.
Provisions under which the club may lease the course land, as a nonprofit entity at a token price, will require fully satisfying the operational, legal and financial concerns and details of the board.
The proposal will have to pass muster with the district’s legal counsel before the board reviews it for final approval. The board asked for a status report at the next and subsequent meetings, to keep the momentum moving forward.