Letter to the Editor

In support of disc golf

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Every year, I have to go to West Okoboji Lake for an annual family reunion, and every year I am bored during free time because the recreation capital of Iowa doesn't care much about my activity.

I am talking about disc golf. Yes, sure, a few Bible camps around the Iowa Great Lakes have child-friendly nine-hole disc golf courses, and, sure, a few towns around the area, such as Spencer and Estherville, have somewhat fair nine-hole courses, but it seems like tourism officials from the Okoboji area need to visit the course in Forest City, or go to see the courses around central Iowa, like Gateway Hills Park in Ames or Pickard Park in Indianola.

This isn't the casual Frisbee golf you might imagine. Disc golf has professionals who tour -- its headquarters are in Augusta, Ga., and players flock to tournaments all over the Midwest. One example is the Memorial Day weekend tournament in Des Moines called the First Class Challenge.

The sport of disc golf is growing by leaps and bounds, and the Iowa Great Lakes is being left in the dust. The number of disc golf courses in America tripled in the 2000s -- according to the Professional Disc Golf Association.

You've got plenty of skiing, boating, biking and ball golf. The Okoboji region needs a good 18-hole disc golf course. Get ahead of the trends in recreation.

Tim Engstrom

disc golfer

Albert Lea, Minn.