Our first major project from our Master Plan is getting closer to completion. We have received a contribution from the Flint Town Flyerz Disc Golf Association, a contribution from Kettering University, a grant from the Community Foundation, and have advanced some of our own funds in anticipation of community support. About 1/2 of our funds have been expended and work is proceeding.
A disc golf course is made up of concrete or gravel tee pads (ours will be concrete) 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.) Our local disc golf association, the Flint Town Flyerz, worked with us 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.
We have ordered and received 20 targets (chain baskets) and anticipate installing them later this month, after we set the poles. We will have 18 holes and one practice target, with one target 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 month and the grounds crew built forms for them last week. This past weekend, about 30 volunteers worked all day to pour 9 tee pads. This coming Saturday, September 16, we will pour the remaining 9 tee pads. If you would like to help out, please come out to the rec area at 9 am (wear OLD clothes, concrete splashes).
Once the tee pads are completed, we will schedule work parties to dig the holes for the target posts, cement the posts in the ground, and then install the baskets. Eventually we expect to have 2 or 3 tee pad locations and 2 or 3 alternative target locations for each hole to allow us to vary the challenge of the course from time to time, just like a standard golf course, but that work is yet to be planned.
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. 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 make a financial contribution to our Mott Park Recreation Area Disc Golf Course, please check out our Contributions page. Donations are deductible on your Federal Income Tax as provided by law.