Eric Altman addressed the Hamlet City Council this week with an informal proposal to build a Frisbee golf (also called disc golf) course near the Hamlet City Lake.
“It’s a growing sport, and there are already over 2,000 courses in the U.S.,” said Altman, who lives in Rockingham but has to drive to Southern Pines to play at the nearest course. “I think Hamlet City Lake would be an ideal location. Clearing out space can be a big part of a project, but the space by the walking trail is already cleared out.”
“I started playing in college, and it’s something I really like and I think others in Richmond County would enjoy the course as well,” he said Tuesday.
Altman proposed creating the course along the walking trail that’s near the senior center.
“I think putting it near the senior center would be a great idea,” said councilman Pat Preslar. “We have a very active senior population, and I think they would enjoy having access to that.”
“I think the seniors would like a Frisbee golf course near the center,” said Peggy Harding, Hamlet Senior Center staff member. “They do a lot of different kinds of activities and games. I’m sure we would use something like that.”
Altman agreed that the activity is one that’s suited for all ages and activity levels.
“Some courses are designed with 18 holes, and some are designed with nine,” said Altman. “It’s really flexible, and there is an organization — the Pro Disc Golf Association — that will offer free design help.”
Mayor Pro Tem Tony Clewis suggested starting the project with the idea of planning for nine holes, with the possibility of later expansion.
Altman volunteered to head up the project, and said that he would start looking for sponsors to offset the city’s cost.
“I don’t have any numbers yet, but there’s very little expense involved,” he said. “I’ve been looking at the baskets and they can be purchased for as little as $100 each. Other than baskets, the only thing on a Frisbee golf course are concrete or gravel tees. Gravel would probably be cheaper. Maintenance for the course would be low — unlike a regular golf course that requires a lot of upkeep.”
Council advised Altman to coordinate with Mitch Bowman, Hamlet Parks and Recreations director, for further input on the location of the course.
Altman said he is making the necessary contacts and getting the process started.
Hamlet resident and owner of The Movement downtown, Tracy McIver, is excited about the possibility of a Frisbee golf course.
“I used to play at the beach and Raleigh,” he said. “I love playing and it’s a good way to spend a walk through the park.”
“I plan to have more information, along with more of a solid financial analysis, to present to council at the next meeting,” said Altman.
The next Hamlet City Council meeting is July 10 at 7 p.m. at Hamlet City Hall on Main Street.
— Staff Writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.