BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Mena Lions Club will open up their new Disc Golf Course this Saturday, May 7th. The grand opening will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. at the Lions Club Golf Course on Highway 71 South. Games of disc golf will be free during the grand opening. Discs will be available for purchase or you can bring your own. Prices after the initial grand opening will be by donation only. There will be a donation box set up for monetary donations on the honor system and the Lions also ask that time is donated to help maintain the course. “Since we’re not charging a set fee for the use of the course, we are asking the community to help maintain the course. We are trying to offer the community a nice outdoor activity. It’s a big course and if they could help us keep the course alive and active, we would really appreciate it,” said Wes Lyle, Lions Club member. “We understand that sometimes money is tight and in lieu of that, maybe they could donate their time instead. We’re happy to interact with the community and to offer them this, it’s a win-win.”
The course will be an 18-hole course for the newly popular game of disc golf, which is also known as frisbee golf. The game is a flying disc game that requires precision and accuracy, in which individual players throw a flying disc at a basket that is surrounded by chains, making it an extra challenge. The object of the game is to traverse the course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc, similar to scoring golf. In its first eight years from 2000-2008, the number of disc golf courses doubled and its popularity continues to rise across the country. The game is played in more than 40 countries around the world.
Course designer and owner of T2 Basket Design, John Little, said the course is large and challenging. “It’s no fun throwing a disc at a basket across a wide open field. Here, there are trees to go around and such. It will be a fun course.” Little also said one of their biggest supporters, the youth group at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Mena, is bringing a group out Saturday night to play glow-in-the-dark disc golf, making it an extra challenge. Little said that glow-in-the-dark discs are available and make for a fun activity and visitors to the course would be able to enjoy both daytime and nighttime disc golf.
The public is invited to attend the grand opening at Saturday, May 7th at 10 a.m. KENA will be broadcasting live onsite to help celebrate the newest family-friendly activity in Mena. There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 6th at 12:30 p.m., to welcome the new course to the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce.