MILLERSBURG — More than 3,000 games of disc golf have been recorded in 2021, and more than 1,700 games have been recorded so far this year at Deer Run Disc Golf Course.
Avid gamers report their scores on an app and that’s how the numbers are tracked. However, this only represents a fraction of the players who use the course, as not everyone who plays disc golf uses the app.
Ethan Steiner, vice president of Holmes County Disc Golf Club, shared his high play volume report with the Millersburg council on Monday to give community leaders an update on the condition of the course and express some concerns about the ‘maintenance.
Steiner noted that the course is used year-round and there are an average of about 10 games played per day during the summer and three per day during the winter months, according to statistics from Udisc.com.
The course has hosted six tournaments since it opened in the summer of 2020, attracting players from as far away as Dayton.
Steiner said the course earned a UDisco rating of 4.4 (out of 5). There are only two courses within 50 miles of Millersburg that have a higher rating and eight with 100 miles.
Holmes County Disc Golf Club rep: “I think we have a great course here.”
“The course is heavily used. It’s not just a few people playing all the time,” he said. “So far this year, we have 198 unique players. There are people who play multiple times, especially locals, but we also get a lot of people who come from outside to play.
“In the disc golf community, the course is very well thought out,” he added. “People really like to come and play. I think we have a great course here which is a great asset to the community.”
Steiner said he’s heard from players from New Philadelphia and Massillon who come to Millersburg regularly because it’s their favorite course.
Despite the positives, Steiner said, it’s unclear who is responsible for maintenance and he questioned the village’s role.
“Last year it went really well, but so far this year it’s only been mowed once,” he said. “The mowing was done by club members using their own private equipment. This includes cleaning up the storm that passed through. We cleaned up all the trees that were downed, and we’ve done all the mowing since then. “
Steiner asked the village to show its support for the course by adding it to the regular maintenance schedule so that it is mowed at least once every two weeks.
“We’re not asking for high levels of mowing,” he said. “We don’t expect it to be like the ballparks. However, when you throw your drive and it’s hard to find when it lands in the middle of the fairway, it’s a bit tricky.”
Village: The disc golf course “is not a high priority”
Village administrator Nate Troyer said crews have been focused on storm cleanups throughout the community.
He added that there may have been miscommunication or a misunderstanding of expectations for staying the course.
“We can try to mow it more often,” Troyer said. “I can’t guarantee it will be every two weeks. Honestly, it’s not a big priority. There are other things we need to sort out in town first.”
Steiner also talked about the amphitheater project, which he said would be placed right in the middle of the No. 1 hole fairway.
“When we designed the course, we considered everything that was there and tried to work around what was originally there,” Steiner said. “It would put a seat right in the middle, and one of the first things I tell people when I teach them how to play disc golf is don’t throw if there are people in front of you. So, any activity that takes place in this amphitheater would prevent us from playing on hole 1.”
Any tree removal would eliminate the guardian trees that prevent discs from entering the swampy area of the course, he said. He pointed to other issues, including the proximity to the baseball diamond, which could lead to a home run hitting someone facing away from the ball diamond.
He said the set design would have the audience facing west, which would have them watching the sun go down.
Amphitheater would be an asset, if the location is changed
Steiner offered an alternate location at the other end of the parking lot, which faces north, so the sun wouldn’t be directly in the public eye and interfere with disc golf or baseball.
“We really like the idea of the amphitheater,” he said. “It would be a great asset to the park. We would just ask that it be moved to another location.”
Mayor Jeff Huebner has offered to bring club members together with village officials and the Eagle Scout who plans to build the amphitheater in the coming weeks to see if they can agree on a location.
Board member Kelly Hoffee said: “We like the idea of the amphitheater, and we want the best for everyone. If you can play and we can have that at the same time , that would be more ideal.”
Troyer said Brenna Barbey, who offered to build the amphitheater for her Eagle Scout project, raised more than $12,000 towards her goal, which doesn’t include money the village has earmarked for the project. She also received a few volunteers who volunteered to lay the block for the seats.
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