By the summer, local residents may have a new recreational activity available to help have fun and get some outdoor exercise at the same time.
Disc golf is similar to regular golf, except plastic discs are thrown instead of hitting golf balls. The goal is still to obtain the lowest score, with each throw, or penalty, considered a stroke. A round is complete when the disc is thrown in a basket.
Discs perform differently, depending on if they need to curve left or right, or hang in the air longer, similar to different clubs in golf.
Two local residents, Matt Bressler and Andy Wolf, have proposed an 18-hole disc golf course for Napoleon’s Oakwood Park. Earlier this week, the Napoleon Parks and Recreation Board approved spending up to $7,000 for baskets for the course, as well as concrete to plant them.
The two said disc golf is a quickly growing sport.
“It’s one of the fastest growing sports because it’s so cheap to do,” Bressler said. “You can order a set of discs for two people for $15-$20 to get started.”
Bressler added there are already courses in Grand Rapids, Archbold, Bryan, two in Defiance and one in Wauseon.
Bressler said there are 188, 18-hole disc golf courses in Ohio, and 398 courses total in the state if nine-hole courses are counted.
He added the course will also be free to play, though the eventual intention is also to have tournaments held at the Napoleon course to bring people into town. Those would require an entry fee and have prizes given away.
“There’s a huge amount of players in the area that are longing for more courses,” Wolf added.
Bressler said the idea would be to get hole sponsors like at a normal golf course, and benches may also be installed along the course, also with sponsorship. He and Wolf will handle garnering the sponsorships.
He added that within 24 hours of getting approval from the Parks and Recreation Board, he was able to already get three sponsorship commitments, while others are considering it.
“We’ve got the baskets reserved, and quotes for the benches,” Bressler said.
They said they likely would have a disc golf professional from Archbold help design the course, which would ideally be located in the wooded area of Oakwood Park.
Wolf said once the course is designed, it should only take a few months to create it.
Napoleon Parks and Recreation Director Tony Cotter said a…