COSHOCTON — Funds are being sought to help create the first disc golf course in Coshocton County.
It is hoped the Eagle Ridge Disc Golf will be completed by August on land that was part of the former Hilltop Golf Course near Lake Park. The project is all volunteer and is being led by Lainie Brillhart and Don Lightell.
The Professional Disc Golf Association approved course will be free to the public. Lightell said disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. due to the minimal cost to play and develop courses. He also said it can be enjoyed by people of all ages and offers a good workout. He started playing himself a little more than a year ago.
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“It’s an inexpensive sport, all you need is three basic discs and a bag to carry them in. Anyone can get started for $25 or $30,” Lightell said. “It’s good recreation and good exercise. You’re outdoors and during the COVID-19 (pandemic) it really took off.”
Lightell said Coshocton County has a long list of outdoor recreational opportunities and a disc golf course could be another. There are plans to hold tournaments at the course, which would bring in people from outside the county. Every county surrounding Coshocton has disc golf courses.
“There’s nothing in this area. There’s an app that shows almost all the courses and if you look on that map, Coshocton is like a desert,” Lightell said. “Everyone I’ve talked to said (a course) would be a really great idea, we could use something like that here.”
Players of the sport throw a flying disc at a target with rules similar to golf of trying to achieve a low score. Courses are usually nine or 18 holes with holes taking the form of elevated baskets on a pole. The PDGA in March reported more than 90,000 active members worldwide in about 40 countries.
Donations are currently being sought for the design, creation and ongoing maintenance of the course. Donations are tax deductible as Eagle Ridge falls under the non-profit Coshocton City and County Park District.
The estimated cost is $1,250 per hole for two concrete tee pads and one pro-level basket. Lightell said they’ve raised about half of the $20,000 to $25,000 goal.
Adding a concession stand at the course might happen in the future. Lightell said he hopes at least one store in town would start carrying disc golf equipment.
For more information or to make a donation, contact Lightell at 740-502-9801 or Brillhart at 740-502-3165.
Leonard Hayhurst is a community content coordinator and general news reporter for the Coshocton Tribune with close to 15 years of local journalism experience and multiple awards from the Ohio Associated Press. He can be reached at 740-295-3417 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @llhayhurst.