The pleasure of fresh air in a beautiful landscape, the camaraderie of friends and the challenge and excitement of combining personal skill and speed to project an object toward a target are all part of the attraction of golf, but on the Tusculum College Campus, they are part of the draw of the newest hybrid of the sport, disc golf.
According to Kenny Lawson, former student life coordinator and current assistant baseball coach at the College, Disc Golf will become the newest intramural sport on campus, but is also a game that can be played recreationally by students, staff and faculty for health and entertainment.
Goals for the new campus course were installed by the College grounds crew in November, and tee boxes are currently going up, Lawson said. The course is located on campus, directly behind visitor side of the football stadium.
According to Lawson, the course has been in the works for the last couple of years, as the right location was sought. Now that it is in place, it will be the first disc golf course in Greeneville. There are nine holes with regulation tee boxes and disk baskets that would allow the College to host club or collegiate tournaments.
And while there are some regional club teams in the Tri-Cities and in Morristown, there are none in Greeneville at this point, said Lawson.
Disc golf is a lot like traditional “ball” golf, except players use specially made plastic flying discs instead of balls and clubs, and throw them for par at an above-ground target instead of a hole in the ground. There are different types of discs used for different purposes, much like ball golfers use different clubs.
There will be between 50-75 sets of discs available to be check out from the Student Activities Center located in the Pioneer Gym, Lawson said, and scorecards will be available with layouts, distances and par for each hole.
For more information on disc golf or the campus course, contact Stephanie Rhea at 638-7300, Ext. 5830. Rhea, senior student life coordinator, said the Grand Opening of the course will be held during the spring semester. There will also be events throughout the semester at the course for students and the community.