Disc golf might tee off in Huntley park

HUNTLEY – The Huntley Park District is considering a disc golf course in Betsey Warrington Park, 12209 W. Main St.

The park district will conduct a special board meeting to review the disc course plans at 6:30 p.m. April 12. The meeting will be in the picnic shelter at Warrington Park.

Warrington Park is on the south side of Main Street. The disc golf course is proposed for land along the western edge of the park, near Lions Chase subdivision.

Huntley Park District Executive Director Thom Palmer said letters about the meeting have been sent to surrounding homeowners.

“We want to be good neighbors,” Palmer said.

He added that disc golf courses are relatively inexpensive to set up, with the main cost being the “holes,” or elevated catch baskets.

“The only question is how elaborate to make the tee area. Some courses put down cement pads. We’re looking at pavers,” Palmer said. “We can do that in-house, and it gives us the flexibility to move it.”

Parks and Grounds Director Paul Ostrander said $3,500 is in the parks budget for start-up costs. Ostrander said a preliminary layout of the course has 10 holes over five acres.

“There’s quite a few people interested in disc golf,” Ostrander said. “It’s fairly popular right now. There are professional tournaments for it.”

The Professional Disc Golf Association lists more than 100 disc golf events worldwide in April alone. Included is the “1st and hopefully last, Berber Open” at Indian Oaks Park in Marengo on April 21. For information, visit www.marengodiscgolf.com.

The U.S. Disc Golf Championship will be in October in Rock Hill, S.C. The 2010 winner took home a $12,000 prize.

Other disc golf courses in the area include the Crystal Lake Park District’s 18-basket course in Lippold Park.

What is disc golf?

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc. The sport was formalized in the 1970s, and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes, or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws. A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target that is an elevated metal basket.

Source: Professional Disc Golf Association

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