October 08, 2013 | 02:31 PMWork on the city’s disc golf course near Dunn Field should get started this month, the Lake Geneva Board of Park Commissioners was told during its regular meeting last week.
Public Works Director Dan Winkler told the commissioners on Oct. 2 that he will give the go-ahead to five area contractors to start the work.
All five companies have volunteered to donate materials and time to install the concrete work necessary for the tees and posts on the 18-hole course.
Winkler identified the five companies as Humphreys Contracting Inc., Otto Jacobs Inc., and Down to Earth Contractors, all of Lake Geneva, and Scherrer Construction Co., Burlington and Gilbank Construction Inc., Clinton.
“None of them have asked for naming rights, they just want to help,” Winkler said.
Total cost of volunteered time and materials may come to between $5,000
Winkler said the companies will be told to get the work started.
Meanwhile, the city is looking for volunteers to help with clearing brush and removing dead and junk trees around the holes.
And there are four or five small bridges, used by the former Hillmoor Golf Course, that cross and recross the White River. Those bridges are deteriorating and at least two will need to be renovated for the disc golf course, Winkler said.
The park board also decided it will seek sponsors and naming rights for each hole.
The name of the sponsor will be posted with an appliqué on the target pole of disc golf hole on the course.
The commissioners decided a reasonable price would be $250 for the life of the advertising sign.
In April, the Lake Geneva City Council approved a $3,600 design contract with Watch It Bend Disc Golf Course Designer of Marquette, Mich., to design the course, which will be on the 33 city-owned acres within the former Hillmoor Golf Course.
The council also set aside $22,133 in park impact fees for equipment and amenities to the course.
In January, the city council’s Committee of the Whole directed the park board to pursue plans to create the course.
The idea for the course came out of the park commission and the commissioners did some of the initial research on the project.
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, except that players use plastic flying discs rather than clubs and balls. The courses are about one-third the size of traditional golf courses.
The sport owes much to traditional golf, with discs even being identified as drivers, irons and putters, depending on their weight and flight dynamics,
The disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, which is designated the “hole.” Usually the target is a pole-mounted metal basket.
The object is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws, or strokes.