Disc idea flies

It's possible disc golfers may get another shot at playing in Spring Lake Township.
Marie Havenga
Oct 22, 2012


After what township officials describe as years of vandalism, and trash and beer cans left at a disc golf course at Rycenga Park, the Township Board last summer unanimously voted to remove the seven-year-old course.

Township Supervisor John Nash, who supported closing the course, met with disc golf enthusiasts last week, according to Township Manager Gordon Gallagher. Gallagher said he expects a public discussion about the course at the Township Board's Nov. 12 meeting.

Gallagher said the board's decision to keep the baskets and other course equipment in storage after they were removed from the park indicates "there are still options on the table."

Nash wouldn't disclose whom he talked to about the course or what was said. The supervisor said he didn't want to talk about details until after the township board could discuss the "rather fragile issue," but said “there's some positive potential” for reinstating a course in the township.

“We would like to let (the disc golfers) talk and see their proposal a little more thoroughly," Nash said.

Nash said he has received a lot of feedback since the course closed in August.

“I found a disc golfer that I thought was responsible and interested,” he said. “I said, 'I'm going to send every caller I get to you, and what you do with them is up to you.' If he finds something that works, dandy. If he doesn't, that's dandy, too. But I can tell you one thing for sure — the ball is going to be 100 percent in the disc golfers' court.”

Disc golf enthusiast Kevin Rogalla organized an online petition drive in August to request the township to reopen the course. Nearly 400 people signed the electronic document.

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