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By David Martin
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City seeks input on disc golf proposal

 

February 3, 2021



The Green River City Council seeks comments from residents regarding a proposed 18-hole disc golf course in the Scott’s Bottom Nature Area.

The idea was presented to the Council by Kevin King and Rick Yoak during a recent workshop. The proposed disc golf course would not impact the archery and shooting range near the nature area and the course would not require any city finding.

Disc golf combines golf with flying discs where players throw discs towards a targets. Players compete for the lowest number of throws, like strokes in golf, and the game is played on a course with either nine or 18 holes.

The 18-hole course proposed would be the largest in Southwestern Wyoming as Rawlins, Rock Springs and Evanston only have nine-hole courses.

According to Dave Lansing, the parks and recreation director for Rock Springs, the nine-hole course at Arthur Park does see regular use in the summer, despite the challenge the frequent wind often presents.

“Our disc golf course sees a limited amount of use day to day and yet more days than not in the summer it appears someone is playing there,” he said.

Lansing also said he has seen adults in groups and families playing at the park. During the presentation to the Green River City Council, Kind said the sport was gaining popularity and believes the course would bring additional traffic to Green River.

According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, the number of members has increased yearly from 2015 to 2015. The association claimed 30,454 members in 2015 and 53,366 in 2019.

King told the Council the course would include tee boxes, baskets and a kiosk with course and disc golf information. Some brushes would need to be trimmed or removed to create and outline a play field.

King and Yoak seek to raise $12,000 for the course and plan to start building in the spring if the Council approves the request. Lansing believes a volunteer group could create a well-maintained disc golf course, if they’re committed to it.

“Maintenance costs are very minimal at our course because the grounds remain in their natural state and I suspect that’s normally the case for a disc golf course,” he said.

The Council intends to act on the request Feb. 16 and residents can provide comment on the city website, http://www.cityofgreenriver.org.

 

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