EDITORIAL: Revive plans for disc golf course

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How many times have you heard someone say there just isn’t anything for young people to do in Spencer County? Outside of rec league sports and extra-curricular activities at school, the options are pretty limited.
Our hope is that something happens — and fast — to resuscitate the disc golf course originally planned to be open by now at Taylorsville Lake State Park.
Many Spencer Countians aren’t familiar with the game of disc golf and a lot will dismiss it because it’s unfamiliar.
We urge you to keep reading and get to know this game that most anyone can play.
Think of traditional golf, but replace the golf balls with discs, the holes with elevated metal baskets, and the clubs with human arms.
Score is kept the same way with the object being to get the disc in the basket in as few throws as possible. There are typically nine or 18 “holes” per course, though Spencer County’s was slated to have 24. The discs, which are not just regular Frisbees, come in different thicknesses, with different rims, depending on the purpose of each disc — some are used for putting, some for mid-range throws and some for distance drives.
Whereas traditional golf is more of a “country club” type sport, that can cost its players hundreds of dollars, disc golf has a relatively low start-up cost. A quick Google search reveals that a three-disc starter pack is only $14 — and most courses are free to play.
While we’re talking about cost, this 24-hole, tournament-size course, which has already been designed for our state park, was coming to our area at a minimal cost. The majority of the baskets were donated from another state park, course design and surveying, as well as concrete for the tee-pads, had already been donated.
Other costs had been fronted out of pocket by members of the Possum Ridge Disc Golf Club — what a shame it will be if their hard work, time and money were all for naught.
The benefits of bringing a disc golf course to Spencer County are numerous.
As we’ve already alluded, many disc golfers are young (though they don’t have to be), so this presents a safe, fun activity for our youth to enjoy.
Playing the game itself is cheap — especially when you compare it to other activities currently available, like traditional golf and horse riding. We have nothing against those activities, but the cost surrounding them puts an economic limit on who can participate.
Word on the street is that the park already draws 800,000 people through Spencer County each year. We think that number could significantly increase because disc golfers will travel. Courses develop reputations, and disc golf enthusiasts from all across the state and even the country would be sure to find their paths leading through Spencer County.
The future of this course sounds bleak, but we’re keeping our hopes up that someone or some group will not let it die.
We wish the best of luck to the PRDGC, and urge our city and county officials to support this effort because we just can’t find a reason not to.