SUU grad student creates beginner disc golf course in Cedar City

One of the holes at Cedar City's new beginner disc golf course near the Thunderbird Gardens trailhead, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY —  Cedar City’s first beginner disc golf course has become a reality, thanks to a graduate student in Southern Utah University’s master of public administration program

Disc golf stock image, St. George News

The student, Danny Strand, used the project to fill a need for the Cedar City community as well as to complete a graduation requirement in the MPA program. The Thunderbird Gardens Disc Golf Course will be located near the Thunderbird Gardens Trailhead.

To make this project a reality, Strand wrote a grant, designed the course, found matching funding, gathered additional partners and obtained land from the city. With guidance and support from Lucky Disc Golf, Strand designed the first half of the course.

“Designing the course and forming some great partnerships were definitely the most exciting parts about the project,” Strand said in a news release issued by SUU. “Once it’s completed, watching others enjoy the course will be the most rewarding of all.”

Thunderbird Gardens Disc Golf Course will be ideal for beginner and amateur disc golf players.

With the course located only a half-mile from Cedar City’s Main Street, the new 18-hole course will add to Thunderbird Gardens as an outdoor recreation hotspot, which is already home to multiple hiking and mountain biking trailheads. The next closest disc golf course, Three Peaks, is located about 30 minutes outside of town and is designed for players with a higher skill level.

“The project came together rather quickly,” Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jason Ramirez said in the university’s news release. “It started with a need, and now our little town is quite the disc golf destination.”

The Thunderbird Gardens Disc Golf Course will allow the Utah Summer Games to use the city property for its disc golf event. SUU will also have the opportunity to start an elective-credit disc golf class.

“The most significant part of this project is that there will finally be a family-friendly, centrally located course in town for everyone to enjoy,” Strand said.

Strand is originally from Thousand Oaks, California. He is in his final semester at SUU earning his MPA. The new course is still undergoing a few finishing touches but is already playable and is listed, along with maps of each hole, on the Udisc smartphone app. 

For more information, visit the Southern Utah Disc Golf Association Facebook page.

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1 Comment

  • Kilroywashere November 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Maybe I’ll be moving to Cedar City one of these days. They are so far ahead of us down here. They have Three Peaks as well. Well I’m sure good ole Crash Daniels is celebrating up there.

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