• August 21, 2014

Cove considers building disc golf course at Ogletree Gap Park

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Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014 4:30 am

COPPERAS COVE — Eleven-year-old Barrett Harman threw white chunks of Wonder bread to a gaggle of geese at City Park on Friday.

He and his mother, Larenda Harman, spent the warm afternoon feeding the fowl. But Harman said there really isn’t much for families to do around Copperas Cove.

Once, there was a bowling alley and miniature golf, but both places closed years ago, she said. Now there’s movies and golf, but not very many families can play golf together.

“Guns and golf,” Barrett said.

The city of Copperas Cove is considering building a disc golf course at Ogletree Gap Park giving residents more things to do outdoors.

“I’m not against it if it is something for adults and kids to do,” said Roger Miller, a Cove resident also visiting City Park on Friday. “It’s good to give them something to do, to keep them out of trouble.”

Disc golf is a flying disc game where players throw Frisbees at a metal pole with a basket attached. Much of the scoring and course difficulties mirror golf and players can buy intricate equipment as well, but specialized equipment is not required on a recreational level.

The game is played in more than 40 countries and has a professional level with more than 34,000 members.

“The best thing about disc golf is you can put (a course) anywhere,” Joseph Pace, parks and recreation director, told Copperas Cove City Council members at an April 1 workshop.

With more than 225 courses from Allen to Wimberley and 3,000 courses in the U.S., a well-designed disc golf course would bring tourism to the area and could host higher-level tournaments, Pace said.

Pace spoke with renowned course designer John Houck in January, who said it would cost about $50,000 for his firm to design a course.

Houck is the former commissioner of the Professional Disc Golf Association and a disc golf hall of fame inductee. He’s also considered one of the best course designers in the country, Pace said.

Robert Moss, parks and recreation director for Marble Falls, said after a Houck course was completed in his town, people did travel to come play it.

“When they opened that course they actually had more people attend from out of town than they did in town,” Pace said, referring to the Marble Falls course.

Currently, Pace said, council members like the idea, but the parks and recreation department is looking at ways to fund the project.

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