Friday, July 27, 2012

Pittsboro Disc Golf Course Underway

The design of a tournament quality 18 hole disc golf course is now underway at Rock Ridge Park.  The course will wind its way through the mature hardwoods and rolling terrain and will reveal vast sections of park previously unvisited by most.  We’re extremely fortunate to be working with one of the finest master designers in the nation, John Houck of Austin Texas. 

Designer John Houck at the new Rock Ridge Park course in Pittsboro, NC

This project hit the gate with strong support from our business community.  The Chatham Chamber of Commerce, the Pittsboro Business Association, the Economic Development Corporation, the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as several prominent restaurants, bars and B&Bs offered strong endorsements for the course.  The business community likes the project because of the increased recreational tourism; the course will attract players from around the state as well as day-trippers from the triangle area.  Tournament goers will fill beds, restaurants and bars, bringing a welcome influx to the local economy. 

Local disc golf players are excited because of the quality associated with Houck designed courses.  John is excited about the opportunities the park terrain offers and has high expectations for the course; he stated in DG Course Review:   “North Carolina has always been a leading state in our sport, and we're honored to have the opportunity to add another piece to its rich disc golf experience. We really hope that people in the area will enjoy it, and that players who visit from around the country will appreciate it as well.”

Triangle area disc golf clubs have already offered to help with clearing, construction and fundraising.  The North Carolina Professional Disc Golf Association (NCPDGA) president Robert Leonard has visited the park and is enthusiastic about the course; he’ll be happy to see some long elegant fairways. 

When I first started researching disc golf, I was surprised by the size of the Chatham disc golf community.  We actually have a top ranked professional player here in Pittsboro as well as a lot of recreational players who have had to either hone their skills on private courses tucked away in the county or have had to travel out of town to play.  Now they’ll have a top-notch course in their backyard. 

Since disc golf is accessible to people of all ages, with senior clubs around the country as well as disc golf PE curricula in some school systems, the course should have a broad appeal.  There will be tees for mere mortals as well as tees placed farther back for more experienced players.  I’ve never actually played disc golf myself, but it looks like a lot of fun and I’ve met some exemplary people associated with the sport.

Not all of the funding for construction is in place, but the plan is to have the course completed within a year provided that planned fundraising efforts are successful, and that there’s ample volunteer support to help out.  If you're interested in assisting with clearing or construction, reserving advertising on one of the tees, or becoming a founding sponsor just send me an email.  I’ll be organizing volunteer workdays in short order.  

2 comments:

  1. I was raised in Pittsboro and didn't learn about Disc Gold until I moved north to Maryland. To know that a professionally designed course will be built here is a very exciting thing. I have been following Houck for a while now. I can't wait to go home to visit the family and mix in a couple rounds at Pittsboro's Disc Golf course!!!!

    I would like to show my sincere appreciation to all the people involved in making this project happen. It was truly a happy moment when I saw the facebook feed of Mr. John Houck discussing his design of the course.

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  2. My wife and I live with our two daughters in Charlotte. I have played several Houck designs in Texas. I guarantee we will make the trip to Pittsboro to play your new course. Very exciting!

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