The History of Ryan Ranch Disc Golf Course

The Monterey Stinging Jellies Disc Golf Club (MSJDGC) was formed in 2006 in an attempt to spread the good word of disc golf in and around the Monterey Peninsula. It all began with Don Dahvee Disc Golf Course, located in downtown Monterey. The club entered into a formal agreement with the city for use of the park. For a number of reasons, the City of Monterey asked if we could vacate Don Dahvee, and move our operations to Ryan Ranch Park. We were ushered into Ryan Ranch through a handshake deal in 2008. The club made every effort , year in and year out, to work with the Parks and Recreation Department of Monterey when developing the course into what it is today.

In 2011, the opportunity came for the Monterey Stinging Jellies co-host the Professional World Disc Golf Championships. Since then, the course has gained national attention, due to its involvement with the World Championships and its the Monterey Stinging Jellies Disc Golf Club’s efforts  to maintain a championship caliber course. Each year the club hosts multiple PDGA sanctioned tournaments which are very popular among California disc golfers, charitable local fundraising events, and began the now popular NorCal Team Invitational, an event that has brought the top disc golf clubs throughout Northern California together to compete in a team style event at Ryan Ranch.

The club is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, run completely by volunteer efforts. Volunteers are responsible for everything at Ryan Ranch DGC. From the extensive mowing for fire control, to building erosion deterrents, maintaining walking paths, and all other property upkeep required to preserve that beautiful parcel. The MSJDGC has successfully transformed what was once unused city land, to the gorgeous disc golf course and public open space that it is today. This would not have been possible if not for the efforts and countless hours poured into the maintenance of the property through its club members.