By Jeff Gallatin
A proposal for a disc golf course sailed into Bay Village Monday night.
Bay Middle School teacher Lawrence Kuh outlined for the Cahoon Park Trustees the proposal for a nine-hole disc golf course to go through portions of Cahoon Park, as well as across Lake Road. Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, is like traditional golf, but competitors use a flying disc, which they throw into a target.
Kuh, one of the leaders in bringing the Bay Skate & Bike Park into the city several years ago, said Monday disc golf has grown in popularity in recent years, both locally as well as at the national level.
“It’s become very popular at the middle school,” he said, noting that between 300 and 400 students at the school have been playing it the last few years.
With it’s being taught and played at the middle school, Kuh said he and art teacher Greg Leininger, both of whom have been playing it for several years, checked with Bay Village Recreation Department Director Dan Enovitch and found that there had been inquiries about finding places to play it in Bay Village. Because of that, the teachers began looking into possible locations in the city.
When they devised a tentative location for a nine-hole course, they discussed it with Mayor Debbie Sutherland. Then they walked the course with Sutherland and Enovitch.
Sutherland endorsed the idea on Monday, kidding Kuh about his ability to come up with programs that benefit the city and children.
“Lawrence, when I asked you after the skate and bike park project got done what you were going to come up with next, I was more or less kidding,” she said. “But now you’ve come up with something good like this.”
Kuh said as the proposal currently stands, the course would be utilized for the classes in the schools and recreational use in the city.
Kuh said it would cost between $3,500 and $4,000 to put a course together.
“We would pay for it; the city would have minimal or no costs for it,” he said.
Kuh said project organizers would seek grants and assistance from community groups to pay for the project.
Sutherland indicated the city could do in-kind services such as putting in the targets for the group.
Acting in their capacity as the Cahoon Park Trustees, Sutherland and council gave informal, verbal go-ahead to the project organizers to start raising funds.
Kuh and Bay Middle School physical education teacher Wendy Grumbacher said portions of the course would include putting targets in different areas. Portions of the course would go at the top of the sledding hill in Cahoon Park, and others would go near the Senior Center and Lake Road. The targets would go into concrete, with the ability to be taken out and moved if need be.
In the educational materials given to council explaining disc golf, Kuh and Grumbacher said it is a good program for students to learn, saying it is a safer way to teach golf concepts and terminology to a large number of students as well as being much more cost-effective in the long run.
Kuh said the targets and the baskets in them would be non-intrusive and not disrupt the park atmosphere. He noted that most disc golf courses go through woods and other scenic areas and usually blend into their surroundings. He said the city of Westlake has six disc golf targets in its recreation facilities and that Baldwin Wallace University has a course winding through its campus.
Mike Young, City Council Finance Committee chairman and vice president of council, said he likes the proposal.
Ward 1 Councilman Dave Tadych questioned Kuh about the size of the baskets on the targets. Kuh said he had gone for 18-inch target baskets because they would be less expensive and sufficient for school classes and recreational use. Tadych said perhaps they should consider the larger targets if it isn’t cost-prohibitive, which could allow more organized teams or tournaments.