Local enthusiasts are bringing a new sport to the community that they say is suitable for ages three through 70.
The Crossett City Council approved plans July 17 to build a disc golf course at the Crossett City Park.
Disc golf as a game was formalized in the 1970s and is much like regular golf. Players use a flying disc or a Frisbee in place of a golf ball and club, and try to land the disc in a slightly elevated chain net around a pole.
Adam Sipes and Tony Ory brought the proposal before the council.
“I guess you could call us course designer and coordinator,” Sipes said. “We just want to make sure it gets done.”
Sipes and Ory had already begun working with Hamburg Mayor Dane Weindorf to build a disc golf course at Norman City Park after playing on a temporary one set up at the Crossett Rodeo Grounds when they approached Crossett city officials about the idea.
“We wanted a permanent course,” Sipes said. “We thought both Crossett and Hamburg could benefit.”
Sipes and Ory first attended a Parks and Recreation meeting in Crossett to pitch their plan. After receiving a positive response, they carried their proposal to the Crossett City Council.
The Crossett course will run around the small loop at Lucas Pond, making its way to the boat ramp on the southern end and back.
Sipes says no sidewalk changes will be made, but they will have to relocate or discard the old playground equipment by the boat ramp.
The course will be made up of 18 concrete T-pads measuring four by eight feet and flush with the ground. Players will need to bring their own disc to the course, though the city hopes to purchase a full set of discs to loan to various groups in the community such as schools, churches and cub scouts, among others, Sipes said.