, 2022-09-19 20:41:20,
Valley News Correspondent
Published: 9/19/2022 9:39:08 PM
Modified: 9/19/2022 9:39:11 PM
CLAREMONT — The building of an 18-hole disc golf course in Moody Park began later than expected this summer but if all goes according to plan, golfers will likely be able to experience the new course before winter sets in.
Alex Baldwin, of Claremont, who planned the course with Park and Recreation Department officials, and other volunteers have been busy since mid-August laying out the course.
Originally planned to be primarily to the right of the park access road beginning near the park entrance, Baldwin said they had to make some changes and now there will be six holes instead of two in the wooded area left of the access road.
“We changed it because some of the holes we were going to put in were interfering with some of the hiking and biking trails,” Baldwin said. “We decided we wanted to avoid them altogether so we were able to use some space on the left of the road.”
The six holes on the left are beyond the picnic area. Baldwin stressed that their objective was to avoid areas with walkers, picnickers and others. The course is laid out so the 18th hole basket leaves the golfers only a short walk back to the parking area.
For those unfamiliar with the sport, the object of disc golf is to fling a disc, similar in shape to a Frisbee, from a tee pad toward a basket about chest high mounted on a pole. Similar to golf, the goal is to deposit the disc into the basket in the fewest throws. The distance of each hole ranges from about 220 feet to just over 300 and different size discs are used depending on distance to the basket
Baldwin said the wooded landscape on the northwestern side of the park with steep ravines and trees, serving as natural obstacles on the course, are ideal for the sport.
“We play on, around and over these ravines which makes it interesting,” Baldwin said. ”It is nice to be able to use a part of the park that is not used at all.”
Walking parts of the course will be challenging as well because golfers will have to descend then climb back out of a few of the ravines. Hole 2 for example has the tee-pad on a flat area and the basket across a deep ravine on another level spot. To reach the basket area, or the disc, depending on where it lands, golfers will have to hike down the ravine and climb back up the opposite side on a trail, which was built by the volunteers working on the…
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