Disc golf comes to the Lawrence Tech campus
Friday, September 10th, 2010
Humanities Assistant Professor Jason Barrett is an avid disc golfer and for several years he has envisioned setting up a course at Lawrence Tech. Now that dream has come true, thanks to a chance conversation with Lawrence Tech President Lewis Walker.
At last spring’s Marburger Excellence in Achievement Awards reception, Barrett sat at the president’s table because he one of the recipients. He took the opportunity to tell Walker about the many attributes of this new version of an ancient sport.
Disc golf is a great way to get outdoors and exercise, and a course can be built for a few thousand dollars in existing open areas in parks and around school buildings. Disc golf is free and maintenance costs are minimal.
On President Walker’s recommendation, Dean of Students Kevin Finn and Vice President of Finance and Administration Linda Height made sure that
the course became a reality in time for the fall semester.
Disc golf is played with discs that are smaller and more solid that the more familiar Frisbee. Some discs are designed to be thrown for more distance and some are designed to be thrown with more control, while “putters” are designed for a soft landing in the large metal baskets that take the place of the small holes in traditional golf.
The first half or “front nine” of the Lawrence Tech course starts on the east end of the Engineering Building, takes full advantage of the open areas of The Point, and ends near the CIMR Building.
The second half or “back nine” starts near the parking lot across from the Architecture Building, goes behind North Housing and then circles Parking Lot E.
Barrett estimates there are already 20 avid players on campus. Many more will be attracted by the interesting and challenging course, and there are already plans for competition against teams from Wayne State University and Oakland University.