Sneezing through a puff of sawdust, Rahn Henderson drills the last screws into a door frame to what will be the back office of Missoula's first disc golf pro shop.
Montana Disc Co., expected to open later this month or in early May, will cater entirely to disc golf aficionados, selling discs of amateur to professional grades and showcasing indoor putting baskets for patrons to test their goods.
For weeks, Henderson and co-owner Andrew Stewart have been sprucing up the interior of the South Avenue storefront, repainting the walls a cool sky blue and building a display rack from wood scrap that Henderson had hauled over on his bicycle. He became enamored with disc golf as a frugal alternative to its country club counterpart.
"I've always had a fetish for golf, but it's always been out of my means," Henderson says. "Quite frankly, (disc golf) gets people off the couch and out into nature. It promotes all the good things about Missoula."
He stresses that their shop in the Montana Center complex will be able to offer disc throwers a variety of gear that other businesses have not been able to provide.
"There's no selection. There's no expertise," Henderson says. "We're going to have basically every brand of disc out there."
They also plan to offer custom dye and printing jobs for customers wishing to add some signature flair to their gear.
There are designs for the space to serve as a central hub of sorts for the greater disc golfing society in town, where players will be able to meet and discuss tournaments, course maps and community outreach projects.
"We basically got 900 square feet of disc golf heaven for disc golf people," Henderson says.
While Henderson and Stewart are shooting to be open in the next couple weeks, they also hope to have a grand opening in June to coincide with the Zootown Open, an A-tier event sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association.