Beginning this summer, residents from across Kentuckiana will have a new option when it comes to outdoor recreation. The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is currently in the process of adding an 18 hole Disc Golf Course in and around Lapping Park. This will be the first disc golf course in the Town of Clarksville.
According to SportsPlanningGuide.com, disc golf follows the same general set of rules as traditional golf, with competitors seeking to complete an 18-hole course in the fewest number of strokes (or throws) possible. The obvious differences between the two sports are the use of a disc instead of a club and ball along with the fact that the targets are elevated metal baskets instead of holes in the ground. But disc golf’s distinct informal culture is what draws many of its players.
“Disc golf is definitely on the rise,” said Brian Graham, executive director of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). “More and more communities around the country are installing courses and more and more people are playing the sport and sanctioning events.”
An estimated 8-12 million people have at least tried the sport of disc golf, and the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is hoping to have similar interest here in Southern Indiana.
“Clarksville as made a big investment in our parks and special event offerings over the last year,” said Ken Conklin, Marketing & Programming Coordinator for Clarksville Parks. “This new 18 hole disc golf course will be the newest addition to all of the great recreational opportunities already available in the Town of Clarksville.”
Crews have begun clearing debris and preparing the area in and around Clarksville’s Lapping Park to make way for the new course. Conklin says the goal is to have 9 holes completed by late spring/early summer, with the other 9 holes to be completed by the fall. The new course was designed by Adam Embrey, Chairman of the Board of the Southern Indiana Disc Golf Club.
The area in and around Lapping Park was chosen as the site of the new course for several reasons. Designer Adam Embrey told Clarksville Parks officials that he believed the wooded and hilly terrain will make for a challenging course for disc golf enthusiasts. The site was also chosen because the addition of the course would have a minimal impact to the current layout and facilities in and around Lapping Park.
“We have big plans for this course once it is completed,” said Conklin. “We are hoping that between free clinics and special events, we will be able to get thousands of area residents interested in visiting Lapping Park and learning about disc golf.”
Residents with questions about the new disc golf course can contact the Clarksville Parks Department at 812-283-5313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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