The DeLaveaga Disc Golf Course was established to be the host course of the 1984 World Disc Championships disc golf competition. Tom Schot, the director of the 1984 World Disc Championships, secured permission to install the course on this once private land that had been entrusted to various government entities in a complex arrangement (the city and county of Santa Cruz, the state of California, and the National Guard all shared jurisdiction). Over the years, many residents in the region used the property as a local garbage dump, throwing everything from old appliances to broken-down cars into the canyons and ravines along the course. Today’s beautiful course was once completely overgrown by a poison oak forest, and its back areas were inhabited by scores of squatters who regularly lived in the hills above Santa Cruz. Local youth once drove their cars up to the top of the World in large gatherings, parking along what is now the fairway of hole 26a. The many tons of smashed beer bottles left behind from this era became part of the rock and sediment itself, and can be seen to this very day weathering out of the ground on the fairway of hole 2. Like so many other parks around the world, the introduction of disc golf and the civic-minded adoption of the land by disc golfers has cleaned up and dramatically improved DeLaveaga park. Only recently has the course been granted permanent status, with the DeLaveaga Disc Golf Club having the sole responsibility for managing this portion of the DeLaveaga Wilderness Park.
This is the original course layout of DeLaveaga. This map was hand drawn in 1984, with estimated distances given in yards. Click the map for a full resolution version. Hole 1 is similar to the present hole 25, but with a different tee area. Hole 2 now corresponds to hole 26. Note that hole 3 was the original “top of the world” before the course was re-numbered. Original holes 4 and 5 are now hole 1 and 3, respectively. Holes 9-11 are now holes 11-13. Holes 14-15 are presently Holes 15-16. The original hole 14 corresponds to the current hole 18, with the basket in the right pin position. Holes 15 and 16 are now holes 20 and 22, respectively, while the original 17 and 18 have become holes 23 and 24. What we now call holes 2, 4, 5, 8a, 9, 10, 14, 17, 19, 21, and 26a have been added since 1984, with 26a being the most recent addition. Note that some of the holes had different tee and pin positions than their modern counterparts. The original Refrigerator hole (formerly hole 10, presently hole 12) has perhaps seen the most dramatic change following the illegal dumping of a large hill of dirt and mud across the fairway. The present hole 17 is now closed (except for tournaments) for erosion mitigation.