Our first major project from our Master Plan is getting under way. We have received a contribution from the Flint Town Flyerz Disc Golf Association, are promised a contribution from Kettering University, have been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation, and have advanced some of our own funds in anticipation of community support.
A disc golf course is made up of tee pads (concrete or gravel pads from which the golfers launch their discs) and targets (chain baskets on poles) which catch the discs (when you are fortunate enough to hit them.) We have worked with the disc golf association to lay out the course to minimize any effect on our other recreation area users: walkers, bicyclers, paddlers, fishermen, and especially our butterflies and other wildlife.
Current plans are to order 20 targets (chain baskets) this month and store them until early next month when we will set the poles. We anticipate 18 holes and one practice target, with one in reserve. In the meantime, the course designers have laid out 18 tee pads and volunteer students from Kettering dug the holes for them last Saturday.
We are working to hire a cement contractor to supervise building the forms and installing the substrate. We hope to pour the the pads later in the month or early in August. Holes for the target posts will be dug and the posts cemented early next month and the baskets will be installed soon thereafter, completing the first phase of the course.
The Flint Town Flyerz have found a sponsor to make and donate signage for the course, to identify the holes and direct players around the course. They have also committed to running classes to teach the fundamentals of disc golf to community youngsters and any else who is interested. If we raise enough extra money, we will install additional tee pads for each hole at progressively shorter distances, just like a standard golf course.
Our course will become the new home course of the Flint Town Flyerz, but it will be freely open to everyone when not reserved for a tournament. We anticipate a lot of use by the students at Kettering and we hope that we can organize teams of golfers from the nearby neighborhoods to enjoy our course.
If you would like to contribute to our Mott Park Recreation Area Disc Golf Course, please check out our Contributions page.