Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Public can take a fling at disc golf at new Boiling Spring Lakes course

A group of passionate locals is hoping the sport of Frisbee golf will take off in Boiling Spring Lakes, now that “Cougar Country” and its 18 holes are ready for public use. 
The course was constructed behind the community center on Leeds Road, but it would not have been possible without the volunteer work, materials, and  support of about 20 local companies, said Dale Winters, one of the key cogs in helping the course become a reality.  
“The response has been tremendous. We promised the companies who supported us we would help to publicize their businesses for the life of the course,” he said. “In all, it cost about $10,000 to complete, and lots of hours of work.”
Winters is passionate about the sport, competing in senior competitions in various levels for a number of years now. He has also helped to build the Brunswick County Disc Golf Association, which has held monthly tournaments, outings and workshops. 
For years, players heavily utilized the only public course in the county at Bill Smith Park, in Oak Island, which has proved to be a success for the town. There is also a privately owned, homemade disc course in Boiling Spring Lakes, a secret only a handful of players know about.
“This is a sport that is easy to learn, relatively inexpensive to play and connects with nature,”  city parks and recreation director Mary Green said. “We have had people of all ages. The city supplied the majority of land the course sits on, but the fundraising was done from outside sources.”
Green credits Winters for helping drive the fundraising, and for taking the time to help grow the sport, leading workshops, lessons and tournaments for young and old alike.
The continued maintenance and upkeep has also been donated, which helps keep the course in playable condition. Designed by Joe Crisco, who took suggestions from Winters, the layout features two tees per hole, white and blue, and is named in honor of South Brunswick High School’s mascot. There are still minor improvements that need to be made in a couple of the moderately wooded fairways. 

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