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Monte Bella Park

Features

  1. Disc Golf
  2. Mountain Bike Trail
  3. Parking
  4. Restrooms
ATTENTION:   In response to the spread of COVID-19, playgrounds and facilities are temporarily closed.

If you decide to visit a park/trail, please be mindful of social distancing. Protect yourself and others. Make sure you're wearing a face mask (face covering). Maintain distance--Stay 6 feet away from other people. Avoid mass gathering. No crowds, no groups. 

COB PARD staff will be working to help maintain the standard upkeep, maintenance, stewardship of site facilities.  

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About this Park

Located in West Alton Gloor area of Brownsville, this park is the perfect destination for weekend warriors, nature fans, and mountain bike enthusiasts.  The park does not have any modern conveniences, but is rich in  nature trails, wooded areas, open green space.

About the Bike Trail

At 6.2 miles Monte Bella Bike Trail makes for an excellent beginner trail. The trail has several small climbs that might not offer a challenge to the experience rider, but will definitely be a challenge to a beginner.

The trail starts at the north end of the park property. It runs counter-clockwise. You’ll need to be aware of trail runners and hikers on this trail.

Always wear a helmet. Bring a map, and carry plenty of water, extra snacks, and bike repair equipment. Consider wearing reflective clothing and lights to help motorists see you. Happy cycling!

Disc Golf at Monte Bella

Monte Bella Disc Golf Course is the first disc golf course in Brownsville, Texas. Long and short concrete tee pads have been installed along with 21 baskets ready for every level of golfer. The blue tee pads at Monte Bella Disc Golf Course offer many challenges to any golfer looking to advance their skills while the white tee pads allow beginners a fun introduction to the sport.

What is Disc Golf?

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970's, and shares with "ball golf" the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws).

A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the "hole". The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw has landed.

The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket and the hole is completed. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are few differences, though.

Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won't need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad "tee time." It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.

Why should I play? 
The ongoing fitness boom finds more and more people taking up recreational activities in an effort to improve health and quality of life. Disc golf provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise, and promotes a combination of physical and mental abilities that allow very little risk of physical injury.

Concentration skills increase by mastering shots and negotiating obstacles. Players of limited fitness levels can start slowly and gradually increase their level of play as fitness improves. Scheduling is also flexible; a round takes one to two hours, and may be played alone, eliminating the difficulty of scheduling tee times. And as in traditional golf, disc golfers find themselves "hooked;" increasing the likelihood of frequent participation. Disc golf offers year-round fitness, even in rain or snow.

Perhaps the greatest attribute of the sport is the expense or rather, the lack of it. A professional quality disc costs less than $15, and it only takes one for basic play. And, of course, there's the sheer fun of the game no matter what your age or skill level!

Who Plays Disc Golf?
Disc golf can be played from school age to old age, making it one of the greatest lifetime fitness sports available. Everyone, no matter ability can participate.  Because disc golf is so easy to learn, no one is excluded.

Players merely match their pace to their capabilities, and proceed from there. The Professional Disc Golf Association, with a member base of 50,000+, is the governing body for the sport and sanctions competitive events for men and women of every skill level from novice to professional. Permanent disc golf courses are found in countries worldwide.