LAKE IN THE HILLS – By the end of May, disc golfers will have a new course to challenge.
The village is putting in a nine-hole disc golf course at Linda K. Fischer Park, 5962
Grafton Farm Drive. It is set to open by Memorial Day weekend.
The 2,580-foot-long course will have four par-3 holes and five par-4 holes.
The course is comparable to West Dundee’s Randall Oaks course, which is 2,941 feet long, and Cary’s course, which is 2,364 feet long.
There also are disc golf courses in Crystal Lake and Marengo.
Fischer Park was chosen for its variety of terrain and because it had yet to be developed.
“We felt it would be a good match to put the golf course there,” said Trudy Wakeman, director of the village’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Some holes will be challenging.
“There’s going to be some interesting holes,” Wakeman said. “There’s going to be a couple of unique holes. It’s going to be neat.”
The course will include changes in elevation, and on some holes, golfers won’t be able to see the basket from the tee.
Equipment for the course, including baskets, trash cans and benches, is being paid for with a donation from the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills. The donation is for $15,000, said Gerald Sagona, who is in charge of community projects for the Rotary Club, and is village administrator.
“The village had talked for years of having a disc golf course, and we’re making it happen,” Sagona said.
Money came from the Rotary Club’s annual Rockin’ Ribfest. The club, which has about $40,000 allocated for community projects, also has donated to the food pantry, the Ford School relocation project, and social service organizations.
The baskets for the course cost $3,500. The club’s name will be imprinted on top of each basket.
Rotary also wanted to do a project that would have a lasting mark on the community and at the same time promoted the club and possibly entice people to join, club President Jim Wales said.
Village workers are clearing brush and trees for the fairways of the course.
They also will install the concrete tee pads, baskets and signage, Wakeman said.
“It had been brought up by a few residents, and Rotary ... wanted to make an impact on the community,” Wakeman said.