New disc golf course opens in Austin


by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and photojournalist JOHN FISHER

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Posted on June 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

AUSTIN -- A much anticipated disc golf course opened in Southeast Austin Saturday. It's located at 515 S. Pleasant Valley Road in Roy Guerrero Park.

The disc golf amenities were long anticipated and promised after Pease Park closed in 2010. The city closed the park because of erosion and water quality issues at Shoal Creek.

"We did have some challenges at Pease Park, and we believe we have solved these challenges," said Cheryl Bolin.

The total cost of design and construction of the new course is $325,000. The project included the removal of 1,500 tons of debris, removal of dead trees, erosion control improvements and path development.

Matt Papa spent months working the land to make the course a reality.

"We put the baskets in this morning," Papa said. "It's finally closure. It's done. We did it."

The park has 18 holes along with a two mile course, and it was designed with the environment in mind.

"It is the first of its kind in the world," Damon Neth said. "It's the first of its kind in the world. it's one of the most ecologically sustainable courses, designed to be low maintenance."

The city had to remove trees, that were then turned into mulch. It now covers the majority of the course, so it won't have to be watered. The city also tackled erosion concerns with the stone walkways in high trafficked areas.

"Disc gold is a great amenity here in Austin," Neth said. "It's played by tens of thousands of people, and this course is designed to take that kind of traffic."

The course is also designed for tournaments. It can accommodate several players at one time.

"I'm just so thankful for the City of Austin letting me be a apart of this for a long, long time," Papa said.

The grand opening includes booths, Frisbee freestyle demonstrations and ultimate Frisbee games.