Montemorelos University will soon feature a new recreational activity on its campus for students, faculty, and the surrounding community, thanks to a recent agreement signed by the Adventist institution’s leaders and the Disc Golf Monterrey organization.
The agreement, signed on November 8, 2022, will see disc golf course equipment installed in the university’s Ojo de Agua Recreation Park, next to the main campus. Disc golf is a sport that emerged in the 1970s as a variation of traditional golf. It is played on a course with 9 or 18 baskets, using rules similar to golf. Players throw a disc at a target and seek to complete each hole with the lowest number of total throws.
More than 13,000 disc golf fields have been built in the world. During the 128th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2015, the IOC gave full recognition to the World Flying Disc Federation, making disc golf an official Olympic sport.
“We know that Montemorelos University is concerned about health, and this is one more opportunity it is offering us to do this physical and recreative activity,” Disc Golf Monterrey representative Edson Francisco Valles said during the signing ceremony. The university, he said, “is making history at a national level because it will become the first higher-education institution in Mexico with a disc golf field.”
The Montemorelos field is the third disc golf field established in the state of Nuevo Leon, after the fields built at Rufino Tamallo Park and Fundidora Park, both located in Monterrey.
“This is about promoting sports and the culture of our healthy lifestyle, and it is a great opportunity to offer another option to students and employees to practice sports in the midst of nature,” Montemorelos legal representative Rocío González said before the signing. “It is about promoting sport, the culture of our healthy lifestyle.”
The agreement states that the Disc Golf Monterrey organization will provide and install the necessary equipment to practice the sport. The 18-basket field is scheduled to be completed in January 2023. The university will oversee the promotion and training of the sport on campus and will establish a schedule of activities for organized practice, leaders said.
“We are very happy because the sport is becoming better known and there are more players involved,” Disc Golf Monterrey vice president Eduardo Tamez said. “It is a healthy and family-oriented sport, promotes social relations and a social and healthier lifestyle, which in turn contributes to the society’s well-being.”
The agreement contract signed is for two years and will be eligible for renewal if both parties agree.