The Crossville City Council at their work session last night discusses a proposal to put a disc golf course at Meadow Park Lake.
Ethan Hadley presented the idea in the meeting.
“If we have one course, it needs to be a good one and Meadow Park Lake is perfect for it. You have open areas that will take very little development and then you have wooded areas that will take very little development,” said Hadley.
Roane County Park currently has a disc golf course where many play every week.
Disc golf is played much like golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, though, players use a flying disc or Frisbees. The sport started 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
A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, which is the “hole.” The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed.
Disc golf is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Hadley said disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports. If approved by the city council, the local disc golf club would sell sponsorships in the park to fund hole placements and the purchases of baskets and turf needed to play. If everything works out, it could be operational by spring of 2021.
City Manager Greg Wood said he supports the idea but he would like to see a master plan that includes the proposed course for Meadow Park before committing.
A draft of the design of the course will be presented to the council soon.
The city council will discuss this further at their regular meeting next Tuesday (October 13, 2020).
(picture in story courtesy of Disc Golf Pro Tour)