“Very challenging but very fun.” That’s how Tory Brown ’13 summed up a recent outing on the new, nine-hole disc golf course installed during the summer on the back side of campus.
“My friends and I plan on visiting the course a lot during the year,” he said.
Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, has become increasingly popular since the Disc Golf Association began manufacturing the tees, discs, and baskets for the game back in the 1970s. There are reportedly more than 3,000 courses throughout the country, many of them on college campuses and in public parks. Disc golf requires individual players to throw discs into baskets or at targets.
Randolph’s course begins near the Houston Memorial Chapel and winds around the Pines Cottage, The Dell, and the athletic fields. Discs are available for the campus community to check out at the PER Building.
“The new disc golf course is awesome,” said Tina Hill, Randolph’s athletic director. “Students, faculty, and staff are enjoying some friendly competition.”
Scott Ketcham, Randolph’s men’s head lacrosse coach, and Kevin Porterfield, associate athletic director and women’s head soccer coach, worked with the Buildings & Grounds department and a local disc golfer to design the course.
“It’s New Spin on Golf Nine-hole disc golf course fits Randolph to a tee a great activity that gives you a good workout,” Ketcham said.
The equipment for the course was paid for through donations to the College’s Parents Fund.
“We wanted to do something that could be used by women and men, by faculty, staff, and students,” said Bill and Sally Kebler, the parents of Madison Kebler ’10, co-chairs of the 2009–10 Parents Committee and donors to the Parents Fund.
The course has quickly become popular on campus with members of the entire community. Mitch Rodhe, director of the College’s dining services, uses the course frequently.
“It is great exercise and shows off the true beauty of our campus,” he said.