MONTEREY, Calif.- It's cheap and anyone can play. Some frisbee golfers want to bring the sport to Salinas. The question, could crime get in the way of opening a new course? So we went to find out what disc golfers are doing to try and boost local tourism.
You aim, wind up, throw and hopefully make it in the basket. Monterey Stinging Jellies President AJ Wecker said his group is hoping to develop a brand new disc golf course in Salinas sometime this year.
"Have a proposal for the disc golf course and it's already been in the planning stages," said AJ Wecker.
He said Natividad Creek Park is one of the options on the table. But property crime in Salinas is a concern. The course would be about a $10,000 investment, paid for by membership fees and donations. Disc golfers said a big concern financially is making sure there's a basket to throw their discs into at all 18 holes.
"We've had many baskets stolen from every Monterey Bay course, it's happened you know quite often," Wecker said.
We checked the website CrimeReports.com and found the only property crimes listed in the area are for stolen cars. But Wecker said stealing a basket worth about $350 isn't very hard to do.
"They have bolt cutters, cut the lock. We've also had people in the past actually unbolt the basket," Wecker said.
Wecker said building support and membership in Salinas will help. If a course goes in, he said Salinas could benefit from special events, like the ones they're able to hold at Ryan Ranch in Monterey. He's hoping crime won't be an issue.
"And if anything like that does happen, you know you just have to do the best you can to replace the basket and do what you can to prevent it in the future," Wecker said.
The Monterey Stinging Jellies don't have an official date to head back to Salinas City Council. But hope to figure that out before the end of the year.