Disc golf

Eric Sherry (left), quartermaster at the Viroqua VFW, and Chris Rozeske, representing Vernon Trails, hold the discs that are used to play disc golf.

In the fall of 2013, Vernon Trails and the Viroqua VFW formed a partnership that will result in the creation of Viroqua’s first disc golf course, Veteran Hills.

The Viroqua VFW has donated the use of their 40-plus acre property on the south side of Viroqua and Vernon Trails has plans to design, build and maintain a championship caliber course that will be highly accessible to everyone and free to play. The goal of the project is to add disc golf to the expanding list of outdoor recreational activities available to residents of and visitors to Viroqua. To achieve this goal Vernon Trails will rely on 100 percent volunteer efforts and community support to create the Veteran Hills Disc Golf Course.

Disc golf is a lifetime sport and is enjoyed by people of all ages. Its rules are similar to traditional golf, except players throw specially designed Frisbees® at metal baskets that utilize chains to catch the disc. Disc golf is also one of the fastest growing sports in the country due in large part to the fact that it is inexpensive to play, discs cost between $8 and $18, and courses are economical to develop in relation to other outdoor recreational activities. Beyond just a casual round, disc golf tournaments and leagues are common place. Tournaments range in size and scope from professional level National Tour events with hundreds of participants to locally run fundraising tournaments.

Quality disc golf course design utilizes natural features like trees and elevation to make holes challenging and fun. Veteran Hills Disc Golf Course will wind in and out of the woods and provide disc golfers with tight technical shots along with long, wide open holes that will test all skill levels. If anyone has spent time hiking around the VFW property since last fall they have no doubt seen some of the work that has already been completed. Many individuals enjoy hiking the current trail network and the development of the disc golf course will only enhance the current users’ experience.

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Fundraising efforts have just begun and with strong support there will be baskets in the ground and a playable course by early summer of this year. The current plan is to have all of the course amenities, such as concrete tee pads, in place and ready for the grand opening of Veteran Hills Disc Golf Course in the spring of 2015.

Vernon Trails is a non-profit organization that is committed to developing sustainable outdoor recreational activities while building community and expanding access. Vernon Trails has added to the recreational landscape of Vernon County and the impact of the organization can be seen while hiking the network of trails at Sidie Hollow County Park or at Hubbard Hills. Recreational events, including the Syttende Mai Bicycle Tour and the Viroqua Community Bike Ride, are also organized by Vernon Trails. If anyone would like to donate or get involved with Vernon Trails and the Veteran Hills Disc Golf Course, they should call 637-2072 or e-mail vernontrails@gmail.com.

More information can be found at www.vernontrails.com and www.badaxediscgolf.com or on Facebook.

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Vernon County Broadcaster editor

Angie Cina is editor of the Vernon County Broadcaster. Contact her at 608-637-5616.

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