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9-hole disc golf comes to Springdale Complex

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By Hannah Strong

The Springdale Recreation Complex is home to a new 9-hole disc golf course friendly to all ages.
The 3-par course was funded by a grant from the J. Marion Sims Foundation.
Disc golf sets were donated to middle schools in the county and Springdale was given an extra set, said Hal Hiott, the county’s parks and recreation director.
The set was installed in two days by the staff and Lancaster resident Steve Lambert, who designed the course.
The course is mostly in the shade and uses trees as obstacles. Players begin at the red tee markers and throw the disc until it makes it to the basket. The tee boxes let players know the distance of the hole.
The department was also given a portable disc golf set to play inside. “It will be a real asset to the after-school program in the fall,” Hiott said.
Lambert has played disc golf for 40 years and has designed numerous courses. He said the design was intended to be kid and family friendly.
“The course meanders around the perimeter of the soccer fields and the creek,” Lambert said.
Care was taken to keep the discs from going into the creek or interfering with soccer.
Lambert said with the rise in disc golf’s popularity recently, he believes it will become big in Lancaster.
He plans to arrange Lancaster Junior Disc Golf Tournaments at Springdale.
The course is free to play, and discs are available to rent for a $5 deposit that is given back when discs are returned.

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