There’s a brand new disc golf course at Bryant High School, and LeeWood Thomas helps MySaline owner Shelli Poole with some basics, then we had the police stop us (Lt. Kling) and have the audacity to play really good!
And next, Shelli got some help from State Champion Bryant Hornets football coach Buck James! Come to the grand opening of the course on Saturday December 17th to celebrate, cut a ribbon and play! Details below! 👇
Saturday, December 17, 2022, brings with it a new, beginner-friendly disc golf course to Central Arkansas. Bryant Parks and Recreation has donated the original nine disc golf baskets that were in Bishop Park to the Bryant School District. The disc golf community has rallied to raise the needed funds for installing the baskets and necessary supplies to create something for all to enjoy on the campus of Bryant High School. This will be the first disc golf course in Central Arkansas on a public school campus.
The ribbon cutting ceremony and the first parent/student Doubles round will start at 11:00 a.m. Brief remarks will be made by Bryant Parks and Recreation personnel, Bryant School District personnel, and LeeWood Thomas, the course designer and project lead. After the remarks, school staff will cut the ribbon, then the parents and students making up the Doubles teams will have a brief players meeting and get their fairway assignments. The general public will be welcome to play the course after the first round festivities conclude at approximately 2:00 p.m.
LeeWood Thomas, a Bryant resident, parent, and disc golfer was key in bringing about this course. “I love playing at my home course, The Traxx at Bishop Park, but Bryant needs a more beginner-friendly course,” he states. The new course starts in the yard of the Business Office on School Drive (map). It has 3 tee positions on each of the 9 holes, so you can choose a distance.
- Each tee pad is marked by two cornerstones and a post painted either red, white, or blue. The shortest tee pads are marked with red and the distances range from just 75 feet to 125 feet.
- Adding a little more distance to each fairway is the white tee positions. This is also where each of tee signs are posted showing a graphic of that fairway with any Mando or out of bounds. The white pad distances range from 132 feet to 212 feet, a number that resonates well with Bryant Hornet athletics and the community.
- The blue tee pads are the longest positions. These range from 150 feet to 285 feet in length. All fairways are par 3.
LeeWood added, “This project would not be possible if it weren’t for the generosity of Chris Treat and the Bryant Parks Committee donation, as well as the donation of time, effort, energy and money from the area disc golfers themselves.” Thomas continued, “I didn’t want all the sponsors to be unrelated businesses. So we asked area businesses that cater to disc golfers and some local disc golf groups to sponsor the course.”
The organizers include Jesse Moore, founder of Do Better Disc Golf Club and supporter of Central Arkansas disc golf. Jeried Offutt, of Offutt Signs, assisted with creating the signage throughout the course. The other sponsors for the course include Holy Roller, Inc., 13 Peaks, Perks and Re-Creation, 501 Disc Golf Organization, Do Better Disc Golf, The Dirty Cards, The Part-Timers, Wolfpack Disc Golf, and PFar All Stars.
The course is appropriate for all ages. It will be open to the public, however, on any school day it won’t open to the public until 5pm. It only takes one disc to play and discs can be bought locally from the course business sponsors for about $10-$20 each.
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