Sheltered Nook: Try your hand at disc golf

Just north of the Kilchis Point Reserve sits the Sheltered Nook on Tillamook Bay. The Sheltered Nook itself is home to six fully furnished tiny homes that serve as a peaceful retreat amongst the trees, by the bay. The tagline “Stopping and smelling the roses isn’t a luxury around here, it’s a requirement,” tells you all you need to know. The Nook also just happens to be the site of the first, and currently only, public disc golf course on the Tillamook Coast. And it’s free.

Disc golf is similar to traditional golf in its basic concept. The primary goal is to get a disc into a bucket with the fewest number of throws. There are of course a number of official rules, but at its core, disc golf is easy to understand and easy to start playing. One big difference though – most disc golf courses are free or require a nominal fee. The start up cost is also low; discs start at around $8 new and can be purchased used for even less. Anybody capable of throwing a disc will immediately enjoy the game, while those unable or perhaps unwilling to throw can certainly enjoy the walk. Though the sport may be easy to play, it is difficult to master; giving those looking for a challenge plenty to contend with.

Disc golf Tillamook Coast

Disc golf is a game that can be enjoyed by people with all experience levels.

The game can also provide a good amount of “sneaky exercise.” Disc golf is like a hike with a purpose and it’s easy to forget how much walking you’re doing. The sport’s combination of accessibility and affordability make it a great outdoor activity to add to your repertoire. And you can play right here on the Tillamook Coast.

The well-groomed, 9-hole course has been opened for just under a year now and is a pleasure to play. While the space might not be as large in acreage as some other courses, the thoughtful design through native flora provides variety of play and plenty of challenges – low limbs, left and right approaches, and a need for technical shot making ensure that players of all skill levels will have an enjoyable outing. In addition, Sheltered Nook owners, Dee and Mark Harguth, plan on opening a pro shop in the near future that will offer discs to rent or purchase.

Adam Sawyer
Adam Sawyer is an outdoor and travel writer, photographer, and published guidebook author based out of Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Northwest Travel, Portland Monthly, Columbia River Gorge, Central Oregon, and Backpacker Magazines. He currently pens articles as the Portland Hiking Examiner for Examiner.com and authored the bi-weekly column Portland Family Outdoors for Craigmore Creations. He was the co-host of the KEEN HybridLife Radio Show for its duration and now serves as a Brand Ambassador for the company. In addition to “Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon” he is the author of the forthcoming "Best Adventures Near Portland," and the co-author of "Hiking Waterfalls in Washington," all for Falcon Guides. Adam is also a “Resident Expert” for Portland Walking Tours and leads a variety of tours through the streets of Portland, including the company’s popular Epicurean Excursion. Follow him at: www.AdamSawyer.com

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