The tees and goals are in and the new nine-’hole’ disc golf course at Rice Park in Granite Falls is ready for play according to Steve Virnig, a lead advocate for the course.
“Many people have been asking if this course is ready to play,” said Virnig. “[It is] And I saw people playing the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.”
Final signage and some minor landscaping have yet to be finished, but from tee No. 1 (starting near the walking bridge) to tee No. 9 (finishing back by the walking bridge) the course is ready for some disc flinging. And with temperatures next week expected to leap back into the sultry 50s, there may be no better time for disc golfers to get a sneak-peek of the latest attraction to come to the Granite Falls riverside.
The course lays out with the first four holes winding along Rice Park’s river side, then the course doubles back to snake along the backside of the park to finish where it began.
“This disc golf course was designed with safety and the multiple-use park in mind,” said Virnig. “We needed to keep discs from being thrown near the sitting benches, playground, and picnic area. You will see that holes No. 6 and No. 7 were designed to keep the playing area away from the homes that border the back of the park.”
For now and for simplicity, all holes are valued as par threes, but Virnig says he’s looking to adjust for par as the course is played and is looking for feedback from players. “As you get familiar with the course and have played multiple times, please provide feedback to our signage project team if you believe any of the holes should have a different par. [You can] send any of your feedback to www.kkberge.org... As you get started, don’t worry about what par the holes are. Just enjoy being outdoors and look to improve as you get used to the course.”
A course map is available at www.kkberge.org and during the winter months bathroom facilities and a trash can are available at the K.K. Berge building just across the footbridge from the course and Rice Park.
If you’re ready to disc golf, but need to get equipped, you can find entire lines of disc golf equipment at local retailers Frogs on the Footbridge (directly across Prentice Street from the K.K. Berge Building) and Granite True Value—both in downtown Granite Falls.
Virnig says the course is still looking for people to help with the finishing touches like creating the signage that will accompany the tees and goals. If you are interested in joining the signage team, or have any other ideas please contact www.kkberge.org and provide your contact information.