A new 18-hole, tournament style disc golf course is open for play in Durand, IL. The course is incorporated into the more than twenty-three acres of Saelens Park. The course winds around Otter Creek and a pond. The Durand Disc Golf Course is one of the only courses in Northern Illinois that has water features. The course is open free of charge to the public 365 days a year.
Information regarding the course can be found on UDisc, an app for Disc Golfers that allows participants to discover courses, keep score, track stats and improve their game. The app is available in the iTunes store for Apple products and Google Play for Android.
The disc golf course was made possible thru a generous donation by Brian and Lisette Steelglove, owners of The Firebarn Restaurant in Durand.
The Durand Disc Golf Group installed the sleeves and baskets on Saturday, November 24th. The Durand Disc Golf Group is a non-profit organization that will maintain the course, promote the game of disc golf, host leagues and tournaments throughout the year. For more information about the Durand Disc Golf Group or to learn more about the game of Disc Golf, contact Executive Director Buck Walden via Facebook Messenger at Durand Disc Golf Group.
The course was designed by Barry Maxwell of the Rockford Disc Golf Group NFP. The Rockford Disc Golf Group was instrumental in helping with the planning and organization of the course.
The Village of Durand and Durand Charm, a non-profit 501(c)3 community-wide volunteer-driven organization, partnered to bring disc golf to Durand. Disc golf has grown rapidly in the United States as well as worldwide by an annual rate of 12-15 percent in the last decade. Approximately one out of every 10 rounds of golf played in the United States is a disc golf round.
There will be an official dedication and naming of the course in the Spring of 2019. The Durand Disc Golf Course is located at 200 Center Street, Durand, IL.
What is Disc Golf?
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970’s and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole”. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket.
As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it’s sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are a few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won’t need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad “tee time.” It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.
Who Plays Disc Golf?
Disc golf can be played from school age to old age, making it one of the greatest lifetime fitness sports available. Specially-abled and disabled participate, giving them the opportunity to take part in a mainstream activity. Because disc golf is so easy to learn, no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities and proceed from there. The Professional Disc Golf Association is a membership-based organization in 47 countries, with over 100,000 members, the PDGA is the governing body for the sport and sanctions competitive events for men and women of every skill level from novice to professional. Thousands of permanent disc golf courses can be found all across the globe.
Where do I play?
Many city parks have golf courses already set up. Most are free to play as often as you like. Disc golfers who do not have the benefit of a permanent disc golf facility in their area often “make up” courses in nearby parks and green spaces.
One of the great features disc golf shares with traditional golf is that they are both played in beautiful settings. A nine-hole disc golf course can be established on as little as five acres of land, and a championship-caliber 18-hole course on 30 to 40 acres. Disc golf courses can coexist with existing park facilities and activity areas. The ideal location combines wooded and open terrains and a variety of topographical change.
The need for more courses is constant, as the sport continues to grow in popularity. The PDGA has created resources for the design and installation of new golf courses, to ensure their success in the community.
The PDGA also publishes and sells an annual course directory and manages and maintains a free online directory of disc golf courses.
Statistics Regarding Disc Golf
Disc Golf Clubs
Disc Golf Courses
Partnership with Rockford Disc Golf Club NFP
- Disc golf has grown rapidly in the United States as well as worldwide by an annual rate of 12-15 percent in the last decade.
- From a study done in 2008, approximately one out of every five rounds of golf played in the United States, in 2009, will be disc golf rounds.
- The Rockford Disc Golf Club is a nonprofit group whose focus is on improving the courses they love to play & to help develop new courses in the Rockford area.
- They have 989 members/followers on Facebook
- They will design, maintain and promote Saelens Disc Golf Course free of charge,
- Saelens Disc Golf Course will be the only course in the area that has water features.
- There are several Disc Golf players who reside in the Durand/Davis/Rock City area.
18 Hole Tournament Grade Disc Golf Course housed in Saelens Park. With the potential to add five portable holes for tournaments.
Future Plans and Costs
- Year Two or Three
- 18 Tee Boxes – Artificial Turf (approx.) 700 Square ft @ $.80/feet = $600 (approx.)
- 50- 5-foot Swamp Oak trees – $50/ea = $500
- The park needs replanting. The total number of trees needed = 50. The plan would be to purchase 10 trees a year for 5 years.
Prairie Grass Observation Area
- The Village of Durand has a grant thru Pheasants Forever to plant Prairie Grass in Saelens Park. To make the course more accessible, it was suggested that a floating walkway is installed thru the prairie grass to create a handicapped accessible observation deck.
- The approximate cost of the observation deck per Durand Village Public Works Supervisor, Aaron Kahl is $30,000. Chris DeSchepper is exploring grant options thru RAMP and Northern Illinois Community Foundation.
- It is not necessary to have the observation deck complete to use the Disc Golf Course.
Would you like to help beautify the Disc Golf course in Saelens Park? Durand Charm is accepting donations for the project. Cash or Check donations are preferred due to the fees with PayPal.
Checks can be made payable to Durand Charm. Donations can be mailed to:
PO Box 863
Durand, IL 61024
Donations are tax deductible. Durand Charm is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.