Following a vote by the Metropolis City Council Monday night, that’s going to become a little more permanent.
Contingent on an intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the council authorized the purchase disc golf equipment, a $6450 quote from Innova Disc Golf.
The decision is one city leaders have tossed around after the city was the host site of the Bluegrass Disc Golf Tournament in May 2012 at Fort Massac State Park. Around 70 people — ranging in age from early 20s to over 60 and locations from local to as far as Green Bay, Wis. — participated in the event.
“Everyone seemed pleased and gave us good reviews as far as Fort Massac State Park,” Mayor Billy McDaniel reported in 2012 at the meeting following the tournament. “People told me this was far above most they’d attended.”
In the time since, the city and Metropolis Tourism representatives have been in contact with course developers and IDNR, the overseeing agency of the park, in placing a permanent course within the park.
As of Monday’s meeting, McDaniel informed the council the city was waiting for the intergovernmental agreement from IDNR. He asked for the council’s authorization to sign that intergovernmental agreement after it is reviewed by city attorney Rick Abell. McDaniel said park superintendent Chris McGinness plans “to hit the ground running” in the coming weeks to get the course “done and in operation before summer’s over and definitely before the fall season hits.”
Think of disc golf as a cross between Frisbee and golf where individual players throw a flying disc at a target. The object is to negotiate the course in the fewest number of throws of the disc. While the game is believed to have originated in the 1900s with the invention of the Frisbee, modern disc frisbee began in the late-1960s. Ed Headrick, who designed the modern day Frisbee while working for Wham-O Toys in the 1960s, is credited as the father of disc golf and modern day disc sports. He established the Disc Golf Association in 1976 to form the new international sport. The first permanent course was established in Los Angeles in 1974. The game was formalized a year later when Headrick invented the Disc Pole Hole catching device, which consists of 10 chains hanging in a parabolic shape over an upward opening basket. Now, there are over 3000 formal courses in the United States and many more around the world where tournaments and sanctioned events are held.
McDaniel said it will take a year for Metropolis to get on that circuit calendar. “It’s going to take us a while but we have enough people right here in our community that’s very active in this, it’s going to be a great effort for us. We have a lot of volunteer help that’s going to help put this in and once we get this started it won’t take long,” he said.
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