A new, 9-hole disc golf course will be opening soon at the Carroll County Parks and Recreation Department in Hillsville.
The nine-hole disc golf course will intertwine with the mile-long walking trail already located at the rec department. Like traditional golf, disc golf challenges players with holes set at varying lengths, constructed around different obstacles. Using three different flying discs designed to mimic a driver, mid-range club and putter, players aim and throw the discs from a tee while keeping track of their strokes.
The course will span approximately 2,297 feet and features holes in length from 172 feet to 459 feet. The layout is designed as a “recreation course.” Libby Manning, Parks and Recreation Director, hopes it will become “something everyone can come play.”
“It’s something new and exciting, but something everybody can play. It’s a very affordable outdoor recreation activity and it was very affordable for us to build it,” Manning said of the course. “It fit into our budget and we were able to make it happen. We had several requests for disc golf and so we were very fortunate to have the money to make it happen.”
Manning hopes to have the course open for the public in the next two weeks. She is excited that the disc golf course will improve outside recreational opportunities at the park, and she hopes to expand the disc golf to 18 holes in the future.
Once open, users will be free to bring their own discs and play the course any time during the park’s hours of operation. Manning said the Park office will offer rental discs and scorecards for a $5 deposit, which will be returned to the customer once they return the equipment. The closest disc golf course to Hillsville is currently located in Dublin at Pulaski County’s Randolph Park.
“We had several local people who were driving from here to Randolph Park to play and now it is going to be a whole lot closer. We hope that everyone will come out and take advantage of it,” Manning said. “We are very happy with it and think it is really going to add to what we already have to offer.”
The disc golf course will begin next to the recreation department office and will feature seven par-3 holes and two par-4 holes. The disc golf course is one of many recent improvements to the Carroll County Parks and Recreation Department.
“If people haven’t been here in a while they need to come by and visit and see everything we have done. Come by and check out the new picnic tables, the swings and walking trail,” Manning said. “Of course, the shelters can be rented, but the picnic tables don’t have to be rented. They are on a first-come, first-serve basis.”
Manning said she would like to thank the Board of Supervisors for the funding, Justin Barnard with the county GIS office for designing the course and the park maintenance staff for the installation.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN