Project to start in late summer
The town of Stallings will be the site of western Union County’s first disc golf course later this year.
During their meeting Monday, March 12, town council members unanimously approved a proposal by Parks and Recreation committee member Rob Mitchell to work with the Charlotte Disc Golf Club on a course at Fairhaven Park.
The town-owned park property, which includes 16 acres sitting next to the Fairhaven subdivision, was turned over by developer MI Homes. A portion of it is in a floodplain, so no fields could be built on it or structures established. The very issues that make it problematic for other sports make it a perfect place for a disc golf course, Mitchell said.
“A lot of it is wooded and in the floodplain area, so it’s not usable for much, but for disc golf it’s pretty ideal,” Mitchell told the council.
Disc golf is a game where the traditional golf club and ball has been replaced with a frisbee. Players throw the frisbee or disc at a target, attempting to get it in the basket with the fewest throws. For the last decade, the game has grown in popularity by 3 percent each year. Currently there are more than 3,000 courses in the United States, with 15 in nearby Mecklenburg County. The only course in Union County is at Monroe’s Davidson Park.
Mitchell introduced Stan McDaniel, world champion disc golfer and member of the Charlotte Disc Golf Club, to the council.
McDaniel, who either helped design or built the majority of disc golf courses in Charlotte, said he and his group agreed to volunteer their time to help build the course at Fairhaven Park. Normally that labor bill would run close to $10,000.
Instead, the town will only need to provide the materials, such as the 18 baskets and concrete pads, as well as tee-boxes. Benches would be spread throughout the course, along with possibly a walking trail.
The reason for the delay until late summer is due to the fact Charlotte will host the disc golf world championships in July and McDaniel and his group have to get the Mecklenburg courses ready for competition. An expected 1,000 competitors will come to Mecklenburg for the games.
Council members endorsed the idea, saying they thought it would be a unique draw for the park.
“The terrain of the Fairhaven Park is very difficult and this particular use of (it) is ideal,” Mayor Lynda Paxton said. “I think it would bring a lot of people into the park.”
Council member Harry Stokes agreed with Paxton, saying he was absolutely in favor of the proposal.