Portsmouth NH disc golf course at Community Campus pitched for $25K
, 2022-09-20 04:03:43,
PORTSMOUTH — Assistant Mayor Joanna Kelley believes part of the city’s recently purchased land at Community Campus could be used to create a disc golf course.
“There’s a good chunk of Community Campus that’s really unbuildable, and I think we could integrate the walking trail system that’s already there for a disc golf course,” Kelley said Monday.
“I know as a council we’re constantly saying we need ideas that are low cost and high impact,” she said. “This is something that would be focused on outdoor recreation.”
Kelley was scheduled to ask for a report back at Monday’s City Council meeting from the Department of Public Works and the Recreation Department on the idea.
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She has played disc golf before in Dover and Hampton. However, Kelley said, she submitted the idea due to “to requests from a couple of residents.”
“My hope is from walking through Community Campus and getting a bird’s-eye view is that it’s really doable there,” Kelley said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
What is disc golf?
The Professional Disc Golf Association states “disc golf is played much like golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, though, players use a flying disc or Frisbee.”
“The sport was formalized in the 1970s and shares with golf the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws),” according to the association. Like golf, the players start on a tee, where they throw the disc or Frisbee toward the hole, which in disc golf is most commonly “an elevated metal basket,” the association said.
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“Disc golf is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, gender identity, and economic status, making it a great lifetime fitness activity,” the association said. “Because disc golf is so easy to learn, no one is excluded; players merely match their pace to their capabilities and proceed from there.”
Existing locations to play disc golf around the Seacoast include the Bellamy Park Disc Golf course in Dover and the course at the Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton.
Low cost, low impact to nature makes disc golf course appealing
A proposal that Kelley included in the City Council packet explains that “few recreational activities offer the high benefit-to-cost ratio of disc golf.
“A disc golf course has relatively low up-front costs…
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