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Disc golf coming soon to Lowell Park

July 24, 2018

DIXON – A 9-hole disc golf course in Lowell Park is slated to open by the end of next month, now that the Park District has enough sponsors to pay for it.

The game is similar to golf, with flying discs replacing golf balls and elevated metal baskets instead of holes.

A group of disc golf enthusiasts – Dixon brothers Brent and Brandon Reuter along with Nora Balayti – went to several businesses looking for support, and garnered $6,800 in sponsorships for the course, Park District Executive Director Duane Long said.

The district ordered the equipment, which cost $6,085, last week, and there likely will be a kick-off tournament and ribbon cutting at the end of August.

Professional disc golfer Eric McCabe mapped out the course, which will be built between Woodcote and the river on the north end of the lower side of the park.

Sinnissippi Park in Sterling has a 27-hole course that is professionally rated and can host tournaments, and there are others in the area, in Rock Falls, Rockford, Rochelle, Mount Morris and Freeport.

The Park Board gave the go-ahead for the course as long as there was enough interest in the community and financial backing to bring it together.

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