LOGAN – After a decade of effort, disc golf in the city of Logan, Utah and the surrounding area is finally beginning to come to life. Those first efforts by club members ten years ago resulted in a course at Utah State University around the student dorms and parking lots. After a few years, the course became popular, and the incidents with vehicle damage and broken windows also became a common occurrence. The incidents left a bitter taste in the mouth of those who led the recreation department, the course was taken away, the club was diminished to a small core of dedicated disc golfers, and opportunity looked bleak.
Fast forward ten years, and Cache County has two permanent courses and several on the way. The permanent courses include one on very rough terrain and the other in a newly installed park where all holes are very birdie-able Par 2’s. But what is getting most people excited in the area is a course coming into the Cache County Fairgrounds. According to Cache Valley Disc Golf board member Kirk Salisbury, the Fairgrounds Course is going to be one of the premiers, if not <em>the</em> premier course in Utah. It’s a gorgeously manicured area with beautifully aged trees, fairways, and technical obstacles that disc golfers of all levels will love.
The Cache County Fairgrounds Advisory Board approved the course at the location on the grounds because it falls perfectly in line with their mission statement:
<em>. . . to offer a variety of leisure and recreational services to all those who use the facility. Situated in its historical location the Cache County Fairgrounds contributes to the economic vitality of the community, promotes health and well-being, education tourism, and enhances quality of life.</em>
However, the Fairgrounds does not have the funding for the course, so members of the CVDG are raising the funds from local businesses at the cost of $500 per hole, with the promise of advertising on each tee-sign.
“It’s actually been a very easy sell,” Salisbury explained. “I’ve been able to bring some statistics with me about how disc golf is growing, show the layout of the course, explain how this is a great marketing move, and extremely beneficial to the community. After a few more minutes of Q&A, they’re writing the club a check for $500.”
To show the community that disc golf is a fun activity for all ages and skill levels, the Cache Valley Disc Golf club is hosting a tournament at the Fairgrounds to raise funds for COTA (Children’s Organ Transplant Association) in honor of Evie Wentz (Go to <a href=”http://www.cotaforeview.com/”>www.COTAforEvieW.com</a> to donate). This tournament is going to be held on February 22nd at 11:00 am.
“All profits from this tournament are going to benefit COTA in honor of Evie Wentz. Evie’s father was actually one of the first people who were able to get disc golf started in Cache Valley, and while they live in North Carolina now, this is something we are happy to do to honor them for establishing disc golf roots here in Cache Valley,” Salisbury said.
He went on to say this is just the beginning. “With the Fairgrounds in, and being on such a prime piece of land, other city decision-makers should be able to look at this and realize how beneficial these courses are for their parks & recreation,” he said. “We’re extremely optimistic that great things are going to be happening.”
Salisbury added that there are several courses around Cache Valley and several more will be installed in addition to the Fairgrounds course. There are currently courses in Hyrum and Providence. Nibley is also in the process of installing one and Salisbury said Utah State University may add one near their cross country course.