By Susan Redden
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
A newly opened disc golf course is attracting players to Kellogg Lake Park in Carthage.
There’s been activity on the course each night since it was opened a week ago, according to Alan Bull, Carthage parks director.
“People were playing it before it was even finished,” said Tom Short, city administrator. “I was talking to some golfers from Neosho who were playing it as they were finishing up the tee boxes. They really liked it.”
Officially, the 12-hole course was finished June 28 when concrete was poured for the final tee boxes. Bull said work on tee boxes had started the day before, after the baskets on the course were installed. A grand opening probably will be scheduled at a later date, he said.
Like traditional golfers, disc golfers start at a tee. They throw specially designed discs at the “hole,” which is a basket elevated on a pole. There are at least a half-dozen disc golf courses in the region.
Bull said the city spent about $5,000 on equipment and materials for the course, with city crews providing the labor.
“It didn’t cost the city that much,” he said. “It’s free, it’s open to anyone, and it’s good exercise.”
Signs marking the holes still need to be added, and in the meantime, holes will be marked at the tee boxes. Bull and Short said officials are looking at adding six holes to bring the course to the traditional 18 holes.
“We stopped because of costs; we didn’t have any more money to spend on it,” Bull said. “But the vendor that supplied us the baskets said a lot of players like 12 holes and end up playing more than once.”
He said officials already have the layout for the additional holes and will monitor demand before making a decision.
Bull said there are disc golf leagues in the area, and he hopes one will form in Carthage.
He said he’s been told that organizers of the Four State Open disc golf tournament want to add Carthage to their list of courses.
“It would be great exposure,” he said.
THE REGION HAS SEVERAL disc golf courses, including sites in Joplin, Neosho, Pittsburg, Kan., and Miami, Okla.