Eagle Scouts build largest disc golf course within 100 miles; STGnews Videocast

Eagle Scouts pose with Pine View Disc Golf Course Guide, 29 Nov., 2014 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — A large group of avid disc golf players gathered at Pine View Park Saturday morning to celebrate the opening of a new 18-hole course. The course was designed and built by local Eagle Scouts Mitchell Price, Jaxton Reber, Nathan Gledhill, Kelton Gledhill and Jon Johnson.

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Videocast by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

The five young men began the project nearly 10 months ago in February and raised $13,000 to construct the course, enlisting donations from local businesses to help build each hole.

In April, with the help of volunteers, course construction began across 14 acres of land. The course adjoins with the park and extends into the tamarisk and riverbed areas and is considered challenging because of the varying elevations of ground.

Mayor Neilson with the Eagle Scouts at the 18th hole, 29 Nov., 2014 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News
Mayor Neilson with the Eagle Scouts at the 18th hole, 29 Nov., 2014 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

The Pine View Disc Golf Course is the only course within 100 miles to offer 18-holes, and the grand opening tournament attracted players from as far as Salt Lake City, Ogden, Cedar City, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Mayor of Washington, Ken Neilson, was present to welcome tournament players and to recognize the Scouts for their hard work.

“We want to thank these five guys for all the work they put into this,” Neilson said. “We’re glad it’s here and we hope you come enjoy it as much as possible.”

The Eagle Scouts also enlisted help from PDGA Pro, Cory Sharp, who traveled from Salt Lake City to work with the boys on designing the course.

Nathan Glendill and Kelton Glendill enjoying time on the course, 29 Nov., 2014 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News
Nathan Gledill and Kelton Gledill enjoying time on the course, 29 Nov., 2014 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

The flooding that occurred in September had minimal damage on the course, and possibly even assisted in clearing some of the tamarisk.

Local firemen said they were appreciative of the project because by building the course into the tamarisk area, the boys created breaks in the bush that would be beneficial in the case of wildfire outbreaks.

The course will continue to undergo minor changes within the following months, including additional weeding and the repositioning of a few baskets.

The course is located at 2050 S. Alveo Dr., in Washington. It is free to play and open for all to come and enjoy.

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8 Comments

  • michael plansky November 30, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    That’s so cool how designing a disc golf course can also help manage wildfire by creating appropriate breaks in the vegetation… Its a great example of landscape ecology principles at play integrated with a cultural, recreational lifestyle…
    Check out this resource on course design if you’re interested in developing new courses to meet a growing demand!
    http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/disc_golf

  • jimmyJamm December 3, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Ok I’m confused……That it NOT Saint George….and did you even think to ask the neighbors around there what they thought…..Those discs have become a BIG problem….People have ruined fences and freaked out dogs , almost becoming lunch for a few….Disturbed people to get the discs back…..Washington city WAKE UP!…there are other people that live in WASHINGTON CITY besides boy scouts and city officials !!! Get out of your box and listen!!! You are not making friends out of us in Pine View Estates! .And by the way that park needs a landscaper that can actually do landscaping it looks hideous!

    • Spanky49 December 3, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Wow Jimmy, You seem awfully angry? can you please tell us more about those wretched disc golfers and their fence destroying discs?

    • Mr Knowitall December 3, 2014 at 10:59 am

      You might want to give the sport a shot, Jimmy. Sounds like you are in dire need of fresh air. Wow.

    • Stephen Nichols December 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      I feel sorry for you JIMMYJAMM. Life can be enjoyable. Try it sometime.

  • Colby Girard December 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Wow Jimmy Jam, that is awful of you to comment like that. These kids have done a great and wonderful thing. Would you rather have kids break into your home or vandalize your home. At least these kids are doing something productive in the community and not getting into trouble with the law. Disc golf is a great game and keep young kids off the streets and out of trouble. I hope you give your comments a second look and just thank god for these amazing kids. I thank god everyday for my life and my family. I hope you and your family have a blessed day.

  • Troy Herman December 3, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Congrats to those young men…. it’s a great character builder to do a project like this and complete it.

    Disc golf will be a great addition to the area and benefit everyone, young to old, the sport will help bring a healthy activity to the community that requires little to no cost to play.

    Looking forward to hearing about someones FIRST ACE out there. Play It Forward. Grow The Sport.

    “Help change the world, teach a kid to putt”

  • inaflannel April 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Disc golf courses are a great use of open space like this ! It helps preserve the land while also allowing people to use and enjoy it. Grab any old Frisbee Disc and get out there and have fun ! Way to go Eagles !

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