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New disc golf course coming to Fort Dodge

Phinney Park facility to be funded through donations

April 16, 2009
By BILL SHEA Messenger staff writer

Folks who use plastic discs instead of clubs to play a round of golf will have a new course to try in Fort Dodge this summer.

A new disc golf course will be set up on the wooded hillside of Phinney Park on the city's west side. It will be paid for with donations rather than tax dollars.

Brad Messerly, the Fort Dodge resident who proposed the new course, said he hopes to have the first nine holes ready by early summer.

''Disc golf is immensely popular,'' Messerly told the city's Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commission Wednesday.

''This will cost the city absolutely no money whatsoever,'' he added.

He said the $7,500 to $8,000 cost of the course will be paid for with contributions he's solicited from businesses and individuals.

The commission voted Wednesday to approve the project.

Fort Dodge already has a disc golf course at Snell-Crawford Park between Williams Drive and North 15th Street. Messerly said because of that course's layout in the popular park, golfers, walkers and people having picnics sometimes get in each other's way.

The course at Phinney Park on Phinney Park Drive will be more challenging because of its location in the woods, according to Lori Branderhorst, the city's director of parks, recreation and forestry. She said Messerly proposed the new course to City Manager David Fierke about a year ago.

Branderhorst said the course will bring more activity to a park that gets comparatively little use.

In other business, Branderhorst reported that new signs will be set up in Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex in May or June. They will be paid for with donations received by the private Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex Development Group.

One of the most eye-catching of those signs will resemble the iconic red billboard on the side of Chicago's Wrigley Field. It will be mounted on an arch over the sidewalk leading to the four fields that are modeled after Major League ballparks.

Contact Bill Shea at (515) 573-2141 or



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