The city of Moulton, Ala. built the course in a public park for about $10,000. “It’s one of the cheapest things we’ve put in for people to enjoy,” said the city’s Parks and Recreation Director, who reported that even without a grand opening or any promotion, word spread quickly after the course was opened and it has already seen strong activity, especially among players between 30 and 60 years old.
A new 18-hole disc golf course at H.A. Alexander Park in Moulton, Ala. has seen around 100 people come out to play over the last three weeks, Jackie Burch, Moulton’s Parks and Recreation Director, told The Moulton Advertiser.
“Word spreads quickly without us telling anybody,” Burch told The Advertiser. While there was never a grand opening for the course, he noted, people started showing up and telling their friends about it as soon as it was opened for play.
The city allotted a budget of $10,000 to Parks and Recreation for the construction of the course, The Advertiser reported. “It’s one of the cheapest things we’ve put in for people to enjoy,” Burch said.
Baskets that serve as the disc golf “holes” cost around $6,000, layout and design of the course was around $1,500, and the rest of the budget was spent on tee pads, Burch said.
The course was designed by Tom Monroe, a champion disc golfer and Flying Disc Sports instructor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Monroe was one of the founding members of PGDA (Professional Disc Golf Association), The Advertiser reported.
“I think [the Moulton course is] going to be the home of a lot of tournaments,” Monroe said.
So far, disc golfers have had good things to say about the course, according to Burch. “Everybody tells me it’s a really good course,” he said.
Players can now be seen hurling their discs down the fairways on most fair-weathered mornings and afternoons, he told The Advertiser, adding that the sport is particularly popular with players between the ages of 30 and 60.
“I just like to see people out using the park,” Burch said.
Signs with a map of the course, and course rules. are to be erected soon, Burch told The Advertiser. The rules state that walkers and joggers have priority in the park and also specify which areas, i.e. woods and water, are out of bounds. “We’ve had a couple of discs in the lake already,” Burch said with a smile.
Tournaments are allowed to be held on days that do not overlap with cross-country track meets, The Advertiser reported, but they must be approved and scheduled.
There are currently no tee times, and the course is free to play. Discs, however, are not provided.
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