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Local scout seeks permission for disc golf course in Fish Creek

January 15, 2018 GMT

A local boy scout is hoping the Polk County Commission will give him the needed permissions to move forward with his plan to bring a disc golf course to the Fish Creek area.

Rockmart High School freshman and local scout Parker Crawford came before the Board of Commissioners during their Jan. 8 work session with a request he hopes won’t be a problem for the members to fulfill.

He wants to turn a portion of property owned by the county on Hendrix Road near the Silver Comet Trail into an area that disc golf players can use in the near future, and fill a gap for an item not already in place.

Crawford said it would be a first for Polk County since none so far have been established locally.

There are courses in Floyd County, most notably at Berry College and Riverside Park, along with others.

But unless disc golf players locally setup temporary baskets, there isn’t anywhere here enjoy.

“It is a lot like regular golf, but you trade in your balls and clubs for one of these disc,” he said, and showed off one of several he owns personally to commissioners.

For those unfamiliar with disc golf, it is one part disc sport (more commonly known by the trademark Frisbee) and one part golf. A course for players is laid out over a large area, and players “tee off” from a starting area with the goal of getting their disc to go as far toward the hole as possible.

Baskets made of chain suspended on metal poles provide “holes” for a course, with the goal in mind to provide a real challenge for players over a variety of terrain.

The goal, like golf, is to get the disc in the basket in as few throws as possible — much in the same way golfers try to land balls in the hole in as few strokes of their club.

His idea is to setup a small course on the Hendrix Road property that will be close to the Silver Comet Trail.

And he hopes after the chilly days of winter that he might get to play himself soon.

Commissioners questioned how much maintenance his project would require over the long term, and Crawford was able to give an answer they were glad to hear: not much at all.

“Many people hear golf course and think, beautiful greens and daily service, cutting it all the time,” he said. “Disc golf isn’t like that.

“Grass can be several feet high and people can still play.”

He said that what maintenance would be required to keep trails clear for players to walk would be part of his project, which he is seeking to complete as part of his Eagle Scout requirement.

“The county wouldn’t have to do anything,” he said. “I would keep the grass cut and clear out debris.”

Additionally, he said that if given the opportunity to setup the course, he would handle all fundraising and installation needs.

“I’m hoping to start construction in late spring or early summer, somewhere in there,” Crawford said, if the project gets the go-ahead

The board didn’t outright approve his request, but said they would look into what was required and follow-up on whether it would be possible.

“If we can make it happen, we will,” Commission chair Jennifer Hulsey said.

Commissioner Scotty Tillery added that he admired the hard work put in by Crawford to come up with the idea, and hoped it bears fruit.