STROUD TOWNSHIP, PA
Stroud Township's Yetter Park Disc Golf Course
An 18 hole disc golf course was completed in 2007 in Yetter Park off of Roosevelt and Wilson Avenue. A parking lot amd access is located at the end of the road near M & S Country Store on Stokes Ave. It is free and open to the public during daylight hours.
This course came about because a group of local young men spear-headed by Jordan Bunn approached Stroud Township's Park and Recreation Board last year with a proposal and request to put in an 18 hole disc golf course in one of the parks. After visiting Hickory Run State Park's disc golf course, Board members were enthusiastic about putting in a course in the township as it would provide a free activity for residents and not have much of an impact on park land. Unlike regular golf, disc golf holes can be played in a wooded setting as well as on grass. The cost of the discs is not very much, so it is a very economical and family friendly game. Besides walking through a lovely park for a little bit of exercise and being admidst nature, players enjoy the competition and challenge of getting as close to the basket with as few shots as possible. You need not be an athlete to play this game. You need not call ahead to make a tee time. As in regular golf, players range in age from children to those in their 80s. Usually, once a disc golf park opens, leagues form for the thrill of competition.
Jordan personally cleared brush for the tees, and put in the in the baskets and tees himself, occasionally with the help of other disc golf enthusiasts and some other volunteers including teachers and students, church youth groups, and cub scouts giving a few hours of help for service projects. We are grateful to them all for their help. The Township Park crew put in the trail through the park, which is also part of the Levee Loop Trail.
Jordan assisted Dr. John Duesler, 2004's PDGA State Representative for Pennsylvania, in designing the course. Dr. Duesler has designed and installed over 20 courses using the natural and man-made features of the land.
A description of disc golf is: you have 18 holes and tees as in regular golf, and you keep score as in regular golf. Instead of hitting a ball with a golf club, you throw small plastic frisbees called discs, which are chosen as golf clubs are, for whether you want it to go far, straight or with a hook. Instead of a hole, you aim for a basket made of chains. You do not try to get it to fall in like a ball in basketball, but get it to go into the chains and stay inside. Disc golf has been around at least for a decade in places down south and in Philadelphia but is new to the Pocono area. There are a few established courses in the Lehigh Valley. Competitions and championships have been played there.
For more information on this sport, visit the website of the Professional Disc Golf Association www.pdga.com/
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