Disc golf course layout adjusted slightly; Aurora hopes to have some holes open in 2014

by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER Published:

Aurora -- The city's planned disc golf course at Sunny Lake Park will be slightly redesigned since two of the proposed holes were to be just east of the police shooting range.

"The final design will have 18 holes," Parks-Recreation Director Jim Kraus said. "However, we had to adjust the course layout to provide a buffer for the shooting range."

Kraus said at the recreation advisory committee's June 2 meeting that he planned to walk the proposed course June 3 with architect Bill Griffith, who will assist with the layout and take care of all the signs.

"That [the two holes in question] is an issue because we didn't want anybody [getting injured]," Kraus said. "So we went back to the architect and said [we need to move those holes farther south]."

Kraus said the city hopes to have a minimum of nine holes completed this year.

The course would start at the north end of Sunny Lake and then wind around the northwest corner of the lake. "We have some holes planned for the peninsula area of the east side of the lake," he said.

The city has $15,000 in its budget this year for the design and installation of the course, Kraus said.

Kraus thinks the disc golf course will be a popular attraction at Sunny Lake Park, where 18 holes would be located on about 400 acres. Participants throw a disc made out of lightweight material, and the goal -- similar to regular golf -- is to get the disc into a small basket in the least amount of throws.

Participants would not have to pay to use the course unless there was an organized tournament, according to Kraus, who added the amount that would be charged for tournaments has not been determined.

"Signs would be placed notifying park patrons to be aware of flying discs," Kraus said. "Signs will be placed on the course for players that include rules regarding their safety. Also, the discs are made of lightweight material, and the course will be away from most park activities."

Kraus said Griffith will supply pricing options for the baskets, which are made of chains and hang on poles.

"The tee box could be made of concrete or some sort of paver stone or crushed limestone," he said, adding the surface has yet to be determined. "You want somewhat of a harder, stable surface because when you go to step to plant [your foot] and throw, you don't want to slip. As long as you don't slip, you're OK."

He also said if the tee boxes, for example, were made of concrete, a certain amount could be done every year, and they wouldn't all have to be finished at once.

Kraus said the tee box would be about 4-feet by 8-feet or 4-feet by 10-feet. "You take a couple steps and give it a whirl," he explained.

Kraus hopes to have people sponsor the holes, saying they could pay a fee and get a name attached to a sign at the hole. "If somebody wanted to put enough money toward it, we could name the course after them," Kraus said.

"We're going to be talking to Boy Scouts and other groups that may want to help clear the area," he said. "It's set up for not having to go through a lot of brush areas. That's the beauty of it. The architect works within the terrain and trees to design holes."

Kraus hopes it wouldn't take more than a couple months to clear the proposed course. He said he believes it would be possible to play disc golf in the winter, just like someone could play with a Frisbee.

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