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December 10, 2013 | 12:24 PMIt's beginning to look more like a disc golf course.
And while it might be possible to play a couple of holes right now, the course won't be shipshape until next spring, according to Doug Skates, president of the Lake Geneva Board of Park Commissioners.
During November, when weather allowed, and even when it was pretty "cruddy," volunteers from the Lake Geneva Jaycees and four area companies installed tee pads, tee signs and disc goals, according to a report submitted by Dan Winkler, director of public works, to the park board on Dec. 4.
According to Winkler's report, 24 tee pads and wooden tee sign posts have been installed.
One of the companies volunteering services, Gilbank Construction Inc., Clinton, had poor weather the past few weeks but intends to complete its part of the work before the end of the year.
The goal baskets are all set in place but not yet totally backfilled and leveled.
The Jaycees came in on Nov. 23 and removed a significant amount of dead trees and brush. They pruned around the tee boxes and driving zones and also cleared the areas around four bridges on the site, left over from the former Hillmoor Golf Course.
Winkler wrote that public works inspected the bridges. He said the only bridge that must be removed and replaced is the north bridge. The concrete planking beneath it has failed. The others are salvageable.
Winkler said public works is discussing repairs to three of the four bridges with Humphreys Contracting Inc., Lake Geneva, another company that volunteered to work on the course. A cost estimate is forthcoming.
Tim Kopacz of Watch It Bend Disc Golf Course Designer, Marquette, Mich., looked over the work on the course and will present a list of adjustments that will be incorporated into the final project.
Public works has also drafted the welcome sign with donor names for the commission's consideration, Winkler wrote.
Kopacz is recommending the name White River Disc Golf Course. He will obtain pricing for the sign.
Bryan Olson, a park commissioner, and employee of Otto Jacobs Co., Lake Geneva, another firm that volunteered its services for the course, said the Jaycees removed nearly 17 truck loads of chipped brush, tree limbs and junk limbs from the 18-hole disc golf course.
He said 30 volunteers put in 120 manhours moving 17 loads of dead and trimmed wood out of the course. The wood waste was chipped right away to make removal easier.
Earlier this fall, five companies volunteered to work on the disc golf course.
In addition to Humphreys, Gilbank and Otto Jacobs, Down to Earth Contractors, Lake Geneva, and Scherrer Construction Co., Burlington, donated materials and manpower to install the concrete work necessary for the tees and posts on the 18-hole course.
According to Winkler's memo, the tee box signs are still on hold until the work on all tee boxes is completed and distances measured.
Winkler suggested the park commissioners need to discuss sponsorships. Although they didn't ask for recognition, he suggested giving the donors a free sponsorship tee box sign.
He also suggested a fees/honor system box for the course.
In January, the city council's committee of the whole directed the park board to pursue plans to create the course.
In April, the Lake Geneva City Council approved a $3,600 design contract with Watch It Bend, 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.
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.