Two disc golf courses, including one 18-hole course suitable for tournaments, are coming to Coweta – hopefully by the first of the year.
The Coweta County Recreation Department will be building the courses – one at the Hunter Complex on Highway 16 East and one at the Temple Avenue complex.
The Hunter Complex course will be 18 holes and will be built on wooded property. The course will be bigger and better thanks to an agreement with the Coweta County School System. Part of the course will be built on school system land between Poplar Road Elementary School and the Hunter Complex.
The Temple Avenue course will be nine holes and will be built in various areas around the park, according to Coweta County Recreation Director Jim Gay.
Disc golf is a game where players try to get flying discs – aka Frisbees – into a basket, using rules similar to golf. It’s played using various discs, including drivers, mid-range discs and putters.
The two disc golf courses are among several recreation improvements that will be paid for through the 2019-2025 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
Gay said that during the early stages of planning the Hunter course, they were looking at layouts and property lines, and someone mentioned asking if the school system would allow some of its property to be used.
“We met out there, and they were on board with it,” Gay said. “They were very supportive.”
The additional space allows the course to be all in one area without crossing into other parts of the park.
Additionally, when courses are built out in the open, they tend to have longer holes.
But being in the woods, “allows us to shorten it while still making it challenging,” Gay said. “When you’re hooking around trees or hills or ponds – it enhances the course by having those natural barriers.”
The extra land “takes something that would have been a really nice feature for the county and makes it into something extraordinary,” Gay said.
The course will be professionally designed. Cowetan Kevin McCoy is a world-champion disc golfer and a course designer who now works for Innova Disc Golf.
Within the next few weeks, the design team will go out and walk the course, and tweak the preliminary design.
“The intent of the professional service is to try to get the best course we can in that area,” Gay said. That, plus the addition of the school system property, “allows us to really build something nice, and we’re not trying to fit holes in places,” he said. “It’s like a blank canvas.”
The courses will be designed to serve both novice players and those at higher levels, Gay said.
Gay said he hopes to have clearing for the Hunter course start by November.
The Temple Avenue course won’t take as much work to build, as there will be little need for clearing, he said.
One of the toughest things right now is getting the goal baskets, Gay said. With COVID-19, many recreation departments around the country are seeing a greater emphasis on passive and individual recreation – and there is a high demand for disc golf equipment.
Gay is hoping to have things up and running by the first of the year.
“We are hesitant to guarantee anything, but that is our plan,” he said.