Part of what makes disc golf so much fun is that with a flick of the wrist you can watch a disc soar, often far away from its intended target.
Anyone can play it and a set of golf discs is cheap, which are just few more reasons it’s become so popular at Circleville and Bernel Road parks.
Patton Township has taken notice and will expand Bernel Road Park’s nine-hole course to 18 holes, which should be complete by the end of the summer.
The existing nine holes, which were built in 2012, will not be moved. They will, however, be renumbered.
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“Currently, the fairways for the new nine are being mowed and stakes have been placed in the locations of the tee pads and baskets for each of the new nine holes,” Patton Township project manager Susan Wheeler said. “Players can either play the existing nine-hole course with tee pads and baskets or play the new alignment for the 18-hole course experience.”
It shouldn’t be a surprise that some people with disc golf fever have played the 18-hole course, even with some equipment not in place.
“People can play the new nine in the context of the expanded 18-hole course now, provided that they are satisfied with playing the mowed fairways from one construction stake that represents a tee pad to one construction stake that represents the basket,” Wheeler said. “ ... Most of the disc golfers are following the new 18-hole alignment, because they like the challenge of a longer course even though the new tee pads and baskets for the new nine are not yet in place.”
The expanded course is an impromptu addition to the park’s plan.
“The master plan for Bernel Road Park always planned for a nine-hole course, but the Patton Township Recreation Advisory Committee considered the expansion in response to the popularity of the course and requests from the community,” Wheeler said. “Circleville Park has a nine-hole course as well, and the committee felt that it would be appropriate to expand the Bernel Road Park course to 18 holes so that there were different disc golf course offerings.”
The expanded course won’t add too much work for Centre Region Parks and Recreation, which maintains the park.
“It’s really just mowing the course area and trash collection,” CRPR Director Ron Woodhead said. “It won’t be too noticeable a difference, because it’s a combination of things. When you play you probably don’t carry too much with you, and I think in general people do respect the parks and help maintain them. We’re lucky and pleased to have that kind of community.”