By Hailey Dixon for the Lincoln Sentinel
The Lincoln Recreation Department will officially unveil a new activity at Lincoln City Park on June 1: disc golf.
“Just seeing people getting out there and utilizing the new course and learning how to play disc golf” are some of the aspects Jessica Clay, Lincoln Recreation Department Director, is looking forward to with the grand opening.
The ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 5 p.m., prior to a 3 p.m. start time of youth rounds.
“So it’s basically showing them how to play and getting them started on the course,” Clay said.
Adult rounds will start at 5:30 p.m., Clay said. In addition, there will be giveaways at the event.
She said there will be a disc golf pro at the event, assisting individuals on the course. She encourages people to bring their own equipment, but there will be a limited supply at the event.
“If they have their own, we recommend that they bring it,” she said.
Clay, Pastor Adam Boyd of Lincoln Community Church and Lincoln Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Kelly Larson helped bring this activity to Lincoln, among sponsors and other individuals.
The sponsors include, Clay said, Meyer Tire & Lube, Bank of Tescott, Family Hair Flair 2, Insurance Works, Ronnie’s Diner, Schwerdtfager Masonry, Mity Mart, Biggie Bigg’s and Viv’s Retail Liquor. Lincoln resident Steve McReynolds also donated post rocks to each T-box, Clay said.
Clay previously applied for grants with the Post Rock Community Foundation and Web Fund to go towards disc golf. PRCF awarded an amount of $3,144 and Web Fund gave $900, Clay said.
Four or five years ago, Clay said, the idea for a disc golf course in Lincoln came about in a Leadership Lincoln County class. However, the initiative did not flourish, but Pastor Boyd approached and asked Clay about disc golf about a year and a half ago. After that, Larson’s summer interns helped get the idea started of disc golf again.
Pastor Boyd said he has met many people playing disc golf in Lincoln already.
“I have been blessed, in the lead up to the opening, to meet a few people from Beloit, and a father and son from Lincoln, simply because they were out playing the course,” he said. “The park atmosphere allows for a greater number of opportunities to meet and talk with our neighbors, and that is always appreciated.”
For those that are getting started with disc golf, he recommends learning from someone that is already “experienced.”
“This game can be as serious as you want it to be,” he said. “If you are a person that loves competition, then watch YouTube clinics and tournaments, listen to podcasts, play rounds with people better than yourself, and you will be competitive very quickly. If you just want a casual game to play in the park, let it be that, and find someone to play it with.”