Consider disc golf for summer fun

Perhaps a fun summertime activity in Yuma would be the disc golf course winding around Life Trails Park on the Yuma District Hospital and Clinics campus.

Completed and opened at the end of 2022, the five-hole course provides plenty of fun. The holes range from 136 to 246 yards, and each is a Par 3.

The course was designed by Yuma’s Erik Tribelhorn, who is a major player in disc golf both nationally and internationally. He also designed the disc golf course in Otis.

Ray and Carol Heltenberg came up with the idea of having such a course here. As members of the Yuma Lions Club, they convinced their fellow members it would be a good community service project. Tribelhorn already was considering a course in Yuma, so it all came together. Numerous hole sponsors, hole name sponsors and dedications from local businesses and individuals, helped get the project completed.

Tribelhorn designed the course so it brings the trees into play, and also brings the players back to where they started.

Players stand on the concrete pad and toss their disc toward the basket, walk to where it lands and toss again until they get it in the basket. The layout of the course is on the Udisc app, which can be downloaded at, but is not required to play the course.

Disc golf can be played with any frisbee. However, there are discs designed specifically for the game. One can get a driver, a mid-range and a putter. The discs can be found online, and also are available purchase in Yuma at Quality Farm & Ranch Center.

So consider taking up a new sport this summer and have some fun in a picturesque setting on front of YDHC. The course is always available to the public during daylight hours.