CHARLESTON — If you build it, they will arrive.
That line resonates with a nicely-known 1989 baseball film starring Kevin Costner, who performs a farmer who transforms aspect of his Iowa cornfield into a baseball diamond.
The Montgomery County Legislature can be credited with the similar considered when it licensed the generation of a disc golf study course within the Thomas H. Burbine Memorial Forest on Corbin Hill Street in Charleston.
The financial investment, which was authorized for $9,500 and not to exceed $13,000 final August, was finished and opened to the public final October. On Saturday, the county legislature’s move was celebrated as 72 members of the Skilled Disc Golfing Association [PDGA] took element in the initially-at any time Blues at Burbine two-round match.
“It’s a prospect to present off the class, it will get folks out listed here this entire week,” tournament director Mark Hay reported. “They’ve been practising for the tournament and then you hope they are like ‘I want to arrive back again and keep enjoying it.’”
Marcia Focht of Vestal produced a return vacation to the Burbine study course for level of competition just after a practice round final thirty day period.
“It is so stunning and tranquil,” Focht said. “My spouse, who does not engage in, occasionally accompanies me on a exercise spherical. He thought this was one particular of the nicest kinds he’d at any time been way too.”
An avid competitor, Focht experienced a prepare to contend at Burbine on Saturday.
“I test and fill each individual one weekend with an event. I noticed this on the [PDGA] map and I realized I experienced under no circumstances performed this study course, so I signed up,” Focht explained. “It’s received exceptional tees, tee pads, incredibly great signage so you know what you’re accomplishing, exactly where you’re going. It looks like it’s pretty fair, even even though there are a ton of trees — that just would make it complicated.”
Focht captured the superior women’s title with a score of 143, 29-about par.
Hay was self-assured that the Montgomery County investment would spend off — pretty much promptly.
“The baskets have been place in on Oct. 20 final calendar year and when the past basket was place in, we experienced folks right here enjoying from Utica,” Hay reported. “We posted on Fb that we have been setting up baskets that weekend and they have been…