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.