LANSING, Mich. — Ingham County plans to build a new disc golf course at Lake Lansing Park North. County officials say it's meant to increase traffic at an underutilized park.
The county already has a disc golf course at Burchfield Park in Holt
District 11 Commissioner Emily Stivers says the new course would be for a wider range of people than the one at Burchfield.
“There’s a really passionate community around it and its accessible to people with a wide variety of abilities. Kids as young as six years old can quickly master the sport,” Stivers said, adding that people who use wheelchairs can easily play the game too.
Disc golf players throw discs into a target instead of hitting balls with golf clubs.
The Lake Lansing Disc Golf Course will be for beginning to intermediate skill levels, while the Burchfield course is for more skilled players.
Joe Cleary uses the trails at Lake Lansing Park for skiing, biking and hiking.
He says he’s seen how much fun people are having over at Burchfield Park with disc golf and thinks it will be a big hit at Lake Lansing.
“They go right past where you hike and I’ve seen people use them and they look like they are having a ball,” Cleary said.
Cleary says the trees at Lake Lansing are going to make the course difficult for players.
“These narrow trails where you’ve got to get the disc through and in-between these trees? It looks challenging,” said Cleary.
The county has earmarked $50,000 for the project.
“The $50,000 will cover 18 targets. 18 concrete tee surfaces. 18 tee signs and a map kiosk. Some trash cans, benches and those kinds of amenities for people to take a break and rest,” Stivers said.
Stivers says some of that money will be used for erosion control and the environmental impact at Lake Lansing Park.
Officials say the golf course will be a lucrative venture for the county and is expected to make back the $50,000 being spent to get it up and running within the first three months of operation.
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