Disc Golf Players Impressed By Glenwood Course

Jack Smithers of Glenwood plays a round of disc golf at Glenwood Lake Park on May 11.

Kim Vanbrunt of Omaha was among more than 50 disc golfers that took part in Saturday's fundraising event.

Des Moines disc golfer Jace Leanhart plays the course in Glenwood on May 11.

Chris Oein of Omaha guides his disc to the basket.

Omaha disc golfer Nick Smith playing the Glenwood course May 11.

Logan Reynolds plays Hole 9 on the Glenwood disc golf course.

Glenwood’s new disc golf course is getting rave reviews before it even opens.

More than 50 disc golf players took part in Saturday’s Ron Kohn Memorial Disc Golf Course Open House and Fundraiser, put on by the Glenwood Area Disc Golf Club. The event included an opportunity to play a round of disc golf on the course being established along the cross country trails at Glenwood Lake Park. Nine temporary baskets were put in place for the event.

“This is going to be a great disc golf course,” Fred Leanhart of Des Moines said. “It’s laid out well.”

Leanhart, a member of the American Disc Golf Association, said he and other disc golf players from the region wanted to see the course first-hand and support the effort to bring a course to Glenwood. He wasn’t the only disc golf player to come away impressed.

“I really like it,” Jack Smithers of Glenwood said. “It has really nice views and good shot selection.”

William Schram, owner of Nebraska Disc Golf, the LaVista-based company that will be equipping the course with baskets, said he expects the hilly 9-hole course to be a draw for disc golf enthusiasts when word gets out about its unique and challenging location in scenic Glenwood Lake Park.

“It’s incredible,” he said. “It’s beautiful.”

Although temporary baskets were used at Saturday’s event, Schram said the permanent equipment is expected to be installed in the coming weeks.

The course is coming to fruition in great part because of the memorial fund established in honor of late Glenwood Mayor Ron Kohn. Construction of the course carries a price tag of around $20,000. At a meeting in April, Glenwood City Council members were told $17,000 of the needed funds were already in place with $10,000 coming from the Ron Kohn Memorial Fund and a $7,000 contribution from the county, generated by Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds specifically designated for community betterment and recreation.

The city council approved construction of the course in April, with the stipulation that the Glenwood Park Board would not contribute tax dollars to the project.  All funds, to this point, have come through donations.

In addition to playing the course, Saturday’s fundraiser included an afternoon of fun at Keg Creek Brewing Co. Activities at the brewery included a longest drive contest, ace challenge, putting contest and 50-50 raffle.

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