A group of disc golfers and the Township Board have shown what happens when two groups get together, roll up their sleeves and work toward solving a problem.
The township closed a disc golf course just over a year ago at Rycenga Park because of litter and vandalism. Instead of going away mad, a group of disc golfers banded together and worked with the township to come up with a solution.
The result? Disc golf enthusiasts can now take flight on 18 new fairways at a new location on the west side of the township.
The Lakeshore Disc Golf Club has completed construction and recently opened the 18-hole course on the south side of Wilson Road, about a quarter-mile west of 174th Avenue.
Township Supervisor John Nash, who pushed for closing the course at Rycenga Park because of the way some golfers were treating it, said he looks forward to playing the course himself.
“I'm very impressed,” he said. “I haven't heard anything but good reports.”
The township purchased the 120 acres on the south side of Wilson in the 1980s for future industrial development. Since there is no development interest in the property at this time, the Township Board agreed to let the disc golf club set up a course on about half of that land.
Club President Rob Underhill said the Lakeshore Disc Golf Club fills the void left when Rycenga Park's course closed in August 2012. The Rycenga Park course was being heavily used, but the behavior of a minority of golfers caused the township to close it.
Underhill said the 50-member Lakeshore Disc Golf Club is policing the new facility to help stop problems before they start.
The success of the course shows just what can happen when people work together for a common cause.
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