|Disc golf course added to park|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
David Nygaard aims for the basket to complete hole six on the new disc golf course at Homesteaders Park. The nine-hole course is open to the community and discs are also available from the Extension office for players to borrow. —Enterprise photo
Homesteaders Park recently received a makeover that includes a new frisbee golf course. The project is funded by a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant.
Jerry Beavers presented an original layout for the course that was slightly altered for the final design. Internet research of other courses was used to help design the course. The goal was to create a course that would be challenging for players.
The course consists of nine holes spread throughout Homesteaders Park. Each hole has a tee where players begin and a basket into which the disc gets thrown.
Phillips County Administrator Randy Schafer looks forward to community members utilizing the course, saying “It’s a growing sport, it’s an easy sport to take up and it’s fun. As it catches on, I think more and more people will play.”
Five starter sets have been purchased, four of which will be available at the Extension office at the fairgrounds for community members to borrow during business hours. Each set includes a driver disc, a midrange disc and a putter disc.
Schafer encourages individuals to purchase their own starter sets because they are fairly inexpensive and players could use the course whenever they want.
Scorecards and brochures with a map and rules can also be found at the Extension office.
Vicki Nygaard tees off at hole nine to finish up a round of disc golf. Each hole has a sign indicating the number and plans are made to also include the par, distance to the basket and a map of the hole. —Enterprise photo
Disc golf is played very much like regular golf, but instead of having a ball and club, one uses a frisbee.
Players start by teeing off in a designated area and then throwing their disc until they make it into the basket. After tee-off, each consecutive throw is made from where the previous throw landed.
When a hole is finished, the player moves on to the next hole until all nine holes are completed.
The player counts how many throws it takes to get the disc from the tee into the basket. Throws from all the holes are totaled and the player with the lowest score is declared the winner.
More information about disc golf can be found at www.pdga.com.
Phillips County 9-hole disc golf course
Holyoke Enterprise June 14, 2012