The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rec Acres Disc Golf course in King. (Photo submitted)

On Friday, September 16, the Town of King held a grand opening for the new Rec Acres Disc Golf Course at 136 Rec Acres Lane in King.

The Rec Acres Disc Golf Course has been an ongoing project since May 2020, when a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Cooper Smith, suggested it. Appointed by King City Council, the advisory committee advises the council on all matters relating to parks and recreation. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee researched options and costs for the proposed park and developed a presentation, which was presented to King City Council at its June 2021 meeting and unanimously approved on condition that the Department of Parks and Recreation raise funds to cover the cost. of the course, with a goal of just over $10,000.

Local businesses and individuals all helped fund the project, helping the parks and recreation department achieve its goal in just a few months. Local citizen Mac McCluskey has made an exciting addition to the course possible by sponsoring grass TeePads, which will be installed later this fall. Every hole in disc golf begins at an initial throwing spot called the tee. On newer disc golf courses, the most popular tee is grass. According to the disc golf park’s official website, TeePad tees have a substantial effect on the overall feel and feel of a course.

Over 50 people attended the grand opening of the Rec Acres disc golf course. George Sappenfield, a member of the local disc golf hall of fame, spoke about the history of the sport before the dedication ceremony. Attendees enjoyed walking tacos for dinner and had the opportunity to participate in a flexible tournament hosted by East Coast Disc Golf, the course designer/installer.

“I was thrilled to host the grand opening of the Rec Acres Disc Golf Course,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Olivia Calloway. “This course is a great addition to our park, beautifully designed and at a level of difficulty accessible to all. It is free, open to all ages and uses a small used corner of our park. An asset to our citizens and an attraction for visitors, it will be a great resource for our community.

Disc golf is played much like golf, except instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc. A disc golf hole starts from a tee box and ends at a target, which are most often raised wire baskets. As a player progresses, they must make each consecutive throw from where the previous throw landed. When the putt lands in the basket, the hole is completed. Formalized in the 1970s, this sport shares the same goal as golf: to complete each hole with as few strokes (or pitches) as possible.

Currently, the Parks and Recreation Department is developing a Recreational Needs Survey to determine the needs and wants of the community. “We would like people to be on the lookout for this survey starting in November and encourage everyone to complete it,” Calloway says. “This is their opportunity to help shape the future of parks and recreation in our community.” Links for the survey will be sent on utility bills, as well as emails to those with accounts on the Parks and Recreation website. Hard copies will be available throughout the City of King.

For more information on King Parks and Recreation, visit https://www.ci.king.nc.us/parksrecreation.