EP Park will add a disc golf course | News, Sports, Jobs
PALESTINE EAST – Village manager Mark McTrustry announced this week that a disc golf course will be set up throughout the city park after recently meeting with a course designer.
McTrustry worked with the park board of directors and Youngstown State Director for the Office of Career and Education Advisors, Justin Edwards, to plan the course. Edwards is involved with the Mahoning Valley Disc Golf Association.
“This park is truly in many ways one of the most optimal terrain on which I have had the opportunity to design”, Edwards said. “It will be a great mix of using the beautiful space, but there will also be some great challenges on the course.”
The water, slopes and hills of the park have benefited the disc golf course. Edwards believes the course has the potential to attract competitive groups, summer camps, and tourists.
“He said he would like it to be tough enough for the league games, but not so hard that it scares the average player,” he said. McTrustry said.
The disc golf course will start near the entrance to the park and consist of 18 holes along the outer edge of the park so that other park activities run smoothly.
Edwards considers disc golf to be a financially accessible sport that is not very accessible. “You can start by knowing how to throw a Frisbee”, Edwards said.
The Mahoning Valley Disc Golf League focuses on working with communities, designing courses and teaching youth, and building leagues and tournaments.
The Youngstown Disc Golf Club is another regional group that focuses more on competition.
Edwards recommends that those with an increased interest in disc golf connect with local groups and use resources such as www.pdga.com. “Start with putters, start with slower, easier to throw discs” Edwards suggested.
McTrustry hopes to increase recreational opportunities in the area.
“We would like to offer one more thing for people to come to Eastern Palestine and take advantage of what we have”, McTrustry said.