Nontraditional sports are trending in the U.S., and the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department has responded to one of these trends by constructing a 27-hole Disc Golf Course on Mill Creek Road near Statesboro Airport, just off of U.S. Highway 301 North.
Parks and Recreation will host a ribbon cutting for the new Disc Golf Course at 3 p.m. Friday, and the public is invited. Then on Saturday, approximately 90 players from Georgia and Florida will play in the course’s first tournament, the First Flight Open.
The facility boasts a nine-hole course for beginners and an 18-hole course for intermediate and advanced players. It was designed with the ability to combine these two courses for a 27-hole tournament.
“When we began considering a disc golf course for this area, obviously the first question we had to ask ourselves was ‘Where can we build it?’” said Mike Rollins, the director of Parks and Recreation. “Disc golf players like to use the natural vegetation and topography of the land, so we approached the airport about utilizing the property just to the west of their location — a property they considered wetlands, but we considered perfect for this course.”
Disc golf courses are not like traditional golf courses. Traditional courses require carefully manicured greens and mostly wide open spaces. Disc golf courses are natural — featuring the trees and other scenery in the area. Disc golf course designers like to say that they want to use land that most people see as unusable.
Innova Disc Golf designed the new course and the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks Division, along with Bulloch County Buildings and Facilities crews, were able to clear the course, build a bridge and install concrete tee boxes. Local volunteers, including the Bulloch Disc Golf Club, hosted several work days on the course to prepare it for play.
Despite the major differences between their courses, disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of balls and clubs, players throw a flying disc into each of a series of baskets situated on an outdoor course. In both traditional and disc golf, the object is the same — to complete the course with the lowest possible score.
The Disc Golf Course will officially open to the public on Sunday. It will be free to play and open from dawn until dusk because there is no lighting available.