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January 10, 2014

Frisbee golf course revamped by group of local volunteers

THOMASVILLE — Last autumn was the beginning of one city park  getting a makeover. Now the refurbishing is complete.

MacIntyre Park’s 18-hole Frisbee golf course, built in 2005, had fallen into disrepair.

Local volunteers decided to rebuild the course in hopes of regenerating interest in the previously popular course. The Thomasville Department of Parks and Recreation helped fund the project.

Chris Nichols, former director of Thomas County’s Young Life division, provided funding for a set of 18 new steel sign posts, but it was Daniel Fortner who put the plan to action by doing the majority of the construction and manual labor.

Fortner said, “I decided to revamp the course because I spent countless hours playing Frisbee golf with Chris Nichols and with my own youth group during high school and,  now that I’ve headed off to college, I wanted to make sure that the course would be around for a while so that others could enjoy it.”

During this past week, with the help of local interior furnishings designer Ian Quinton, volunteers cut and painted wood backings for the signs, cleared and cleaned tee boxes, trimmed foliage, removed old sign posts and installed the new posts.

The local Frisbee golf course developmed more than 7 years ago when Nichols and Young Life members began playing the game using makeshift tee boxes and posts.

In 2005, Nichols proposed a more formal course to the Thomasville City Council. With approval and sponsorship from local businesses, he and Hands On Thomas County Day volunteers mapped the course, inserted posts and numbered signs and laid cement tee boxes.

A large sign with rules and a course map was placed near the first tee box. The course quickly caught on, especially as a favorite meeting place for several local youth groups.

Course maintenance was done by Nichols and other frequent players. Recently, however, the course’s aluminum signs were largely destroyed and the tee boxes and sign posts began to wear.

Frisbee golf is named for its similarity to golf. Players throw Frisbees from tee boxes and attempt to hit posts in as few throws as possible, continuing drives from a Frisbee’s landing point. Each hole at the MacIntyre Park course has a par of three, with water landings resulting in penalties of one stroke.

Eighteen concrete tee boxes and their respective wood posts comprise the local course, whose holes range from 36 to 92 yards in length. There is no admission fee because the course is simply an addition to a city park. Complimentary course maps are available at the start of the Frisbee golf course on the corner of E. Washington St. and N. Mitchell.

 

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