Messiah College, recognizing the diverse appeal of the sport, decided to build its own course on the college’s 471-acre campus. The course, free and open to the public, has a mix of par 3 and 4 holes, concrete tee pads, a highly-technical wooded section and the option to play six, nine or 18 holes. Anthony Caito, manager of Messiah’s Collaboratory and member of the PDGA, informally polled students about having a disc golf course on campus a year ago. After receiving high levels of interest, Caito drafted a proposal, got approval from the administration and construction began this summer.
“The course design process has become much more than a creative technical endeavor; it has become an educational service-learning opportunity for students, faculty, employees and community members,” says Caito.
Engaging these students, faculty, employees and community members stands as one of the main purposes in constructing the course on campus. Making it easily accessible, students can borrow a disc from the Larsen Student Union or purchase a couple of discs in the campus store. Scorecards and maps can be found at hole 1 next to the covered bridge. Administrators in this project also plan to start a student club that will play weekly and host PDGA tournaments. Currently, a couple students practice on Messiah’s course and attend tournaments held in the area.
I look forward to my kids being old enough for us to try this out together!