The City of Rockport officially opened its new nine-hole disc golf course at Memorial Park Saturday, Nov. 23.
The Rockport City Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13, accepted the donation and installation of the nine-hole course from Bill and Ted’s Awesome Disc Golf Adventures (BATADGA, Inc.), and authorized City Manager Kevin Carruth to negotiate and execute all documents.
Mayor Pat Rios welcomed the crowd and introduced BATADGA’s owners Bill Nelson and Ted Henderson. The owners praised the city, as well as hole sponsors, for making the disc golf course a reality in a little more than 90 days.
“The course is in the trees and we didn’t have to cut or trim a single tree,” said Nelson. “It usually takes many hours just to clear an area for (the proper layout).
“Thank all of you for allowing us to put one in (here at Memorial Park).”
The new disc golf course is located on the south front side of the park, nestled throughout the live oak trees near the soccer fields and walking paths.
“We’re very excited about adding this popular sport to the recreational offerings at Memorial Park,” said Rockport Parks and Leisure Services Director Rick Martinez. “Disc golf is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, gender, and economic status, making it a great lifetime fitness activity.”
Disc golf is played much like golf, but instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970s and shares with golf the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws).
The disc is thrown from a tee area to an elevated target, which is the “hole”. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located throughout the park provide challenging obstacles for the golfer, without interfering with other recreational activities.
“Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world,” said Nelson. “With the opening of this new course, there will be seven courses in the Coastal Bend allowing us to hold tournaments and competitions.”
Disc golf provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise, and mental stimulation. Concentration skills increase by mastering shots and negotiating obstacles, and players of limited fitness levels can start slowly and gradually increase their level of play.
Information about how to play, official rules, and a scorecard are available on the City’s web site at: https://cityofrockport.com/723/Disc-Golf-at-Memorial-Park. The course will be open during daylight hours seven days a week.