Jonesborough leaders cut a ribbon Friday to officially open the town’s new nine-hole disc golf course at Persimmon Ridge Park.
In the works for the past three years, the course was designed with help from local disc golf enthusiasts and paid for in large part by private contributors who also lent a hand in the construction.
Park and Rec Director Rachel Conger said the work to clear fairways through about 10 acres of open fields and wooded areas that run over the ridges adjacent to the park’s campground and Wetlands Water Park began about a year ago and was completed with help from volunteers.
The largest expenditure for the course was the purchase of $300 baskets for each of the holes that were paid for with funds that were donated anonymously.
“All of the holes were sponsored,” Conger said.
Water Park Director Matt Townsend installed the baskets and poured concrete for the course’s tee pads, saving the town the cost of a contractor.
Townsend devoted the water park’s offseason to the construction and wrapped up the work in early April. On Friday, he said he’s been pleased to see players on the course every day that he’s been out since then.
“People seem to like it a lot. It’s a smaller course so it is really good for beginners and it’s good for experienced players who can come here and hone their smaller game,” he said.
The last of signs for the holes were installed last week, and Townsend said he was glad to see the course “actually and officially open” Friday.
Both Conger and Townsend credited students from East Tennessee State University who contributed much to the layout of the course. Townsend said ETSU student Daniel Richardson was especially helpful in the inclusion of key elements disc golfers want in a course.
“It’s a combination of trees and distance. That’s the best challenge,” Richardson said at the opening. “Most players want to spend a good hour being challenged. This course is great. It offers a little of everything.”
With the popularity the course is already enjoying, Conger said she expects it will be expanded to 18 holes in time.
“The park has a lot to offer, and I think this is a great addition,” she said.