Hahamonga Watershed

Best Disc Golf, February 2006

At this summer’s Japan Open, disc golfers from across the globe played for a $26,000 purse. Closer to home, the sport holds a cultlike sway, and for good reason. Amateurs and pros make the pilgrimage to Pasadena and the Hahamonga Watershed in Oak Grove Park for a game on the oldest permanent course in the world. Using a version of the Frisbee pioneered for Wham-O by “Steady” Ed Headrick, players fling a disc toward a chain-link basket wrapped around a vertical pole. Each basket is a “hole,” and the 18-hole course at Oak Grove is both a challenge and a delight. Speckled with brief glimpses of sunlight, the tree-covered terrain is paradise, and the game is free.