Disc golfers ask SL Twp. for new course

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:49 AM

More than 20 members of the Lakeshore Disc Golf Club attended a Township Board meeting this week to present a proposal for a new 18-hole course on township-owned land off Wilson Street.

Club members said they would be responsible for designing, building and maintaining the course. The club would also pay for an onsite portable restroom.

They asked the township to provide a gravel parking lot, and the disc golf baskets and poles that were removed from the course at the township's Rycenga Park three months ago.

Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said the township purchased 120 acres on the south side of Wilson, about a quarter-mile west of 174th Avenue, in the 1980s for future industrial development. The proposed disc golf course would occupy about half of that property.

“I don't know what direction the board is going to take with it, but several board members made positive comments,” Gallagher said. “There seem to be some positive things, but we'll have to wait until the board talks about it at the next meeting (Dec. 10).”

The proposed course would be run similar to a Whitehall operation, where a local club maintains the course.

Township Supervisor John Nash said he spoke with Whitehall officials and is encouraged by what he learned.

“Nothing is without problems, but they're pretty pleased with it,” Nash said. “But there are some people on our board who don't especially like the idea. They're a little gun-shy because of the previous problem.”

Township officials closed the seven-year-old Rycenga Park course in August on complaints of vandalism and trash.

“There are some concerns that we'll be going back to the way things were,” Nash said. “... Regardless of what happens, it would be a trial thing and we would evaluate it on a continuing basis.”

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