Residents and visitors from out of town are already visiting Wendell’s disc golf course at Wendell Park on West Third Street, despite the fact that the grand opening isn’t until April 25.
Although East Wake Middle School and Zebulon Community Park also have courses, Wendell Parks and Recreation director Jeff Polaski believes the town’s new course will attract players from around the region, from pros to parents and children.
Zebulon’s open- and wooded-hole mixed course plays around the softball fields, and has existed since 1998. East Wake Middle’s 46-acre course is only nine holes, mostly short hole lengths.
The newest course will utilize grass and dirt tees with a mix of trees and open space. Each tee will be clearly marked. Tee lengths are available at the holes, which make it easier for any age or skill level to tackle the course together.
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“It’s not like playing basketball with a five-year-old,” Polaski said. “You don’t have to take it easy on them. You’re playing the course, not necessarily the other person. It’s a lot like golf, you have a course score.”
Polaski thinks this will make the course more of a destination park, because it appeals to all ages. College groups enjoy the skill and competition as much as seniors can enjoy a low-impact sport that still provides plenty of exercise.
“All the pros are going to want to come play on the long pads, but beginners can come play as well and not feel overwhelmed with the length of the longs,” he said.
The course is already registered as a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association where players can find details and rate the course. Players can also rate the course at dgcoursereview.com after the course is finished April 25.
According to Polaski, the town already has plans to host a PDGA tournament with local professional players in May on the course.
Interested players can bring their own discs and explore the course.
The town has spent about $10,000 on the project that was budgeted this year, Polaski said. In addition, the town has relied heavily on volunteers to assemble the course so quickly.
The Wendell Parks and Recreation team also recently installed fencing for the dog park, which will open the same day. Town staff is asking residents keep their pets out of the area until the project is officially completed and open for play.