By Scott Bidroski
I’ll admit it, I’d never played Disc Golf before. I’d played about every sport you can play recreationally and competitively, but not Disc Golf.
I headed out to Wayland Park this past week to try out this emerging sport on the newly upgraded Disc Golf course that weaves throughout the beautiful park in Gordon.
Before I went out to play, I swung by True Value in Gordon to pick up a convenient three pack of discs. It cost me just over $20 for the equipment that included a driver disc, mid-range disc, and a putter. Not a big deal to buy a bit of equipment because there is no charge to play the course in Gordon. Disc Golf supplies are also available in Rushville at Hinn’s; so two options here at Sheridan County.
I left the office and walked up the street to test my skills.
Gordon residents T.J. and Mary Moore have been the driving force behind the recent improvements at the course. The list of improvements includes newly poured cement tee boxes, hole signs with distance and hole number listed, and steel baskets or holes where you throw your disc into to complete the hole.
The inspiration for the Moores came from their experiences they’ve had while being campground hosts at Chadron State Park. The couple began playing Disc Golf at the course in Chadron and thought it be fun to have that option here in Gordon.
So, they got home and got to work. “We just started to kind of put things in motion, we ordered baskets in 2018, and got them into the ground in the Fall,” said T.J. Moore.
“It’s been kind of a community project, with many hands helping out over the past few years,” he added.
Though the project began in late 2018, plans were stunted a bit due to COVID. But the Moores set the goal to finish the project in 2021. And they have, with only a course map sign which should be here by the end of August, the course is ready for play.
For the Moores, they are forever grateful for what Gordon has provided for their family. They wanted to find a way to give back to the community that has given to them over the past 30+ years.
“We’ve always thought Gordon was a great place to raise kids. We just wanted to give back to the community for everything Gordon has done for us. That was one of our main goals with this; to give back,” said T.J. Moore.
The Moores would also like to thank the City of Gordon and their crew for all their help with the improvements. And also Mike Winter, for his continued help on the project.
A great resource for people interested in playing Disc Golf is an application called UDisc. It’s available in both the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store.
Once downloaded, players can create an account to access all the features. UDisc is designed by disc golfers for disc golfers. The app lets you quickly and easily keep score, find courses, track your stats, measure your throws, and so much more.
Locally, there are courses in Chadron, Alliance, Crawford, Hot Springs, Valentine, Gering, Scottsbluff, Custer, and multiple courses in the Rapid City area. And for the most part, they are all free to play.
I played 18 holes on the Wayland Park Disc Golf course in just under an hour. It took me a little bit my first time to make sure of the basket locations but once I played the first round, it was smooth sailing.
My score was a 39 and a 34 with the par being 27 per 9 holes. Can you do better? I’ll see you out on the course.