Black Mouse has been a refuge for me, and a beautiful teaching opportunity for my pre-school granddaughters.  They’ve learned to be curious and respectful of nature.  They are learning to play a game that will lead them to explore other beautiful places. 

The peacefulness of Black Mouse is a powerful reminder for me of the resilience of our forests.  It nourishes the soul.  As our little family enters the forest, there is a calm and reassurance that settles over us.  It is a rare gem.  We were devastated to have lost it and we all hope to experience it again.  We also have always felt safe there as everyone seems so respectful and appreciative. That is important to us.

Karen Noel
Lili Trageser and her dad
One of my favorite pictures of my daughter and me at Black Mouse.

I helped design and build Black Mouse. I have taught hundreds of kids and teens age 12-16 to play disc golf on that course over the past 20 years, and I know of dozens who have taken it up as their lifetime sport. Most certainly there are dozens more of which I am not aware.

Some of my most treasured memories are of the time I have spent there with my two daughters, who are now both honor roll students at SLVHS. I also treasure playing solitary rounds there early on weekend mornings, reveling in the internal struggle that is golf set against a quiet forest setting.

I remember when we first gained approval to install the course, a major reason was that the school wanted an activity taking place back in the woods to reduce a growing trend of illicit activity. It worked!

More seniors and families are playing disc golf than ever before, and they need this course- this free source of fun, fresh air, bonding exercise. Please, please, bring back Black Mouse.

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Me teaching a week of disc golf for freshman-sophomore PE in 2019.
Jack Trageser, Felton, CA

Moving my young family to Felton a few years back was challenging, but it was spending weekends with my son and our new neighbors exploring Black Mouse that I knew we had found home. Playing that beautiful course allowed my son and I to stretch our legs and connect with the natural world, all while giving Mama a much needed breather from the boys.

Please bring back this wonderful course, a place where local Feltonians call home.

Ben Teton, Felton, CA

What can I say about Black Mouse? I discovered it as it was being constructed whilst out on a run with my SLV cross country team. I immediately started helping and playing multiple rounds a day.

Black Mouse inspired me to pursue my dream

Without Black Mouse, I would not be able to say I’ve played disc golf in 18 countries. I worked for a private pay-to-play course in Ireland. When I lived in San Diego for college, I would make day trips just to play a couple rounds at The Mouse, just to drive directly back. I met a man in England at a tournament who saw my Black Mouse Disc and started telling ME about it!! It’s known worldwide.

It’s home, it’s family, it’s our history, I LOVE THE MOUSE!!

Kevin Kelley, Pollock Pines, CA

For many people, Black Mouse is one of the best courses around to aid in diabetes and heart health management because of its widely varied elevations between holes. Not everyone likes to go inside a germ-filled gym to get their steps. This course is an awesome benefit to the health of those who play it.

J. Metzger, Sunnyvale, CA
My daughter Zelda has been joining me at Black Mouse since before she could walk.

Black Mouse has long been my favorite disc golf course since I started playing about 20 years ago. I grew up in the area, but moved away for my medical training. Throughout medical school and residency, disc golf helped keep me sane. The perfect blend of natural beauty and physical exercise always spoke to me.

Since returning to the area and living in Scotts Valley, I was very disappointed to hear it had closed. I have taken my girls there since they were infants; the eldest is now 6. Black Mouse is the perfect course because it is technical enough for the expert or advanced player, yet short enough that even novice players can enjoy themselves, even without throwing far at all.

I hope the course can return so my family and I can continue to enjoy it and give it the respect it deserved.

Dr. Victor Nuño, D.O., Scotts Valley, CA

Save Black Mouse. Please.

Disc golf at Black Mouse has been the highlight of my week. I was able to take my daughter out there for some awesome father-daughter bonding. Also, it’s great exercise.

My daughter asks me every weekend when we can go to Black Mouse again.

Del Pikles, Ben Lomond, CA

I live in Santa Cruz and work in Scotts Valley. Once I played my first round at Black Mouse, I fell in love with the course.

I started playing in the casual monthly tournaments once I heard about them and gained many new friends. After a short time, I started to help run them and I love doing it. We all miss Black Mouse!

Doug O’Dell

Being a disc golfer from Felton, this was my daily workout Now I have to wade through the crowds at DeLaveaga in Santa Cruz. We need Black Mouse back.

Jeff DuVernois, Felton, CA

I hear the baskets beckoning

from the forest floor

And every time I answer them

It soothes me to my core

The chains awaiting patiently,

My disc that I will fling

To fill that void of silence

And then to hear them sing

The sweetest song of victory

The anthem of my life;

Letting go of doubtfulness,

Sufferings and strife

Hard reset for my soul

Clean slate for here and now

Disc Golf- you are beautiful

Go ahead and take a bow

Take my boredom, take my talents,

Take my money, take my time

Just promise me that forever

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Me and my husband Rob Green in our special place

My husband and I started playing disc golf in 2000. We’d heard there was a new course behind our old school so we got a babysitter and had our first official date as parents up there. Got a few cheap discs and left all of our worries behind. Being in those magical woods throwing round circles at chains became the highlight of our week and over the next 20 years we developed quite a bond with our community there.

Getting to see our Black Mouse friends once a week was like getting to see the sun after 6 days of rain. This ritual is the reason we’ve never moved to somewhere more affordable. There’s a hundred and one reasons to move but one reason to stay, and that was Black Mouse. Since its been gone, I’ve felt detached to the very mountains I grew up in and raised my kids in.

Daddy-Daughter Doubles Day!

I pass my Black Mouse crew on the road or catch a glimpse of them in stores and have to choke back tears. When I drive past SLV, I hear the song, “This used to be my playground” and “nothing compares to you.” It’s hard for me to show up on Instagram because I’m @faithofthemouse but what am I now?

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Our girls learned to crush at disc golf and at life up there. They are also SLV alumni. They’ll turn 24 and 21 this year.

I painted the owl box in the garden by hole 1, the sign on hole 1, made bag tags for years, designed logos for fundraiser discs which were sold in tournaments up there to raise funds for hurting community members to help ease their pain. I hid kindness rocks up there to bring joy to others which brought joy to me.

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All these kids miss the Mouse and I really miss taking them there

There is a gigantic hole in my heart where Black Mouse belongs and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help bring it back. The greatest need we all have is just to belong. I found that up there and miss it like nobody’s business.

The hardest part is getting the right people to care so thank you so much for listening to all these words. Chapter book by Faith Green of Brookdale, aka FaithOfTheMouse

Faith Green, Brookdale, CA