Unused east Lubbock location transformed into new disc golf course

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Updated: 8/18/2012 10:25 pm
Once an unused area of brush and debris, one east Lubbock location has been cleared away to make fairways. Local disc golfers have a more challenging place to make an ace.

Seven months and $20,000 later, Michael Conklink unveiled his pride and joy this weekend. Lubbock's new 18-hole disc golf course is located at Mae Simmons Park.

"Everybody came together," Conkling said. "there are about 70 disc golfers here today for the grand opening. But all private labor, all private donations. Everything that's been done here has been done off of local disc golfers."

Conkling has been the push behind the project, but said community support has made the idea a reality. His right-hand man Rob Lee, a member of Lubbock's local disc golf club Wind Riders, has been involved every step of the way.

"We had a vision for many years, many of us that played disc golf, on having a highly technical course here," Lee said. "And we were finally able to work out the details and agreement with the city, Parks and Recreation department, they have been really helpful. Basically, Michael signed the bottom line and they let us do all the work."

The goal was to create a course different from Mackenzie Park's course, which is more open. Dillon Vallance, the sport's number one amateur in the state, said he is always ready for a new challenge.

"It is nothing like we have in this area in Texas," Vallance said. "it is probably one of the best wooded courses we have in Texas. Everybody's game is going to change because it is going from trying to throw it as far as you can to trying to make it as accurate as you can."

And whether you are playing at an amateur level or just for fun, the comraderie is what keeps people coming back.

"Everybody knows everybody," Vallance said. "We all have each other's phone number, we call and all meet up 3 times a week to play."

"When you start playing with people, you meet friends, and it just becomes a tight-knit community," Conkling said.

With over half of the holes complete with sculptures by local artist Steve Teeters, the course isn't just recreation, it's also art appreciation. Lee said they hope to have all the holes complete within a couple of months.
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P Katt - 8/19/2012 6:49 PM
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Putting in the Mae Simmons disc golf course is a great story. The area was unused, completely unmaintained, and was mostly a dump area. Tons, yes tons, of trash and debris were removed. Thousands, yes thousands, of hours were spent. Dead branches were removed, trees were trimmed. A great disc golf course was born! All of this work was done ENTIRELY by individuals who donated time. ALL of the course was paid for and installed by these individuals. What a great success story! Did anyone get something out of working hard and sweating? YES, another course is available for everyone to play for free! Disc golfers are unique. I have found in my vast travels and play, that they will work on courses for long hours for the pleasure of being able to be part of the game. A new player happens by, a long-term player will give him a free disc and a tip or two. Absolutely amazing this game is. Every DGer has their story...how they got hooked, how they improved, and how they began to give back. The Mae Simmons Disc Golf Course is but one, a very good one, of how players joined for a cause and are giving back to the sport. IF interested come test the waters at a Windrider Disc Golf Club event. There are weekley events, charitable tournements, and high competition events to choose from. Goto the facebook page for the Windriders. Also, a couse map can be found there or at DGCoursereview.com (much other information available also) or PDGA.com. To conclude, the disc golf motto is, "The one who has the most fun, wins." We're 'winning' at the Mae. (Thanks Rob, Michael, Matt, Sam, Larry, Monk, JJ, Jay, and sooooo many others) P-Katt
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