By Jake Goodrick
Cronkite News 

Played among livestock, medicinal plants, 'rez golf' builds community among Navajo

 

Last updated 2/1/2019 at 1:46pm

Jake Goodrick/Cronkite News

For the Navajo, rez golf is about community, entertainment, family, sport and health-both physical and mental.

LOW MOUNTAIN, Ariz.-On a late-September morning deep within the Navajo Nation, Larron Badoni practiced his golf swing. 

Sun blanketed the plateaus and mesas surrounding the Lowerville Stingers Golf Club-nine holes scattered over a rocky, hilly, shrubby landscape dotted with blue shade structures, weathered carpets and pins flying red and white flags.

It was just about time for the Lowerville Stingers Golf Club's seventh annual Rez Golf Two-Player Scramble to tee off in Low Mountain, population 700. 

"Rez golf" is growing in popularity among the Navajo, but few outsiders know of it. It's a...



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