Disc golf course attracts from near and far

Just a few weeks old, the course has already attracted out-of-towners. Stacy Steel, of Clearwater, putts at hole 5. She and her boyfriend found Milaca’s course online when she was looking for a round of disc golf to hit up after their visit to the casino.

Milaca’s new disc golf course is now open and ready for play. Although the signs for each of the holes directing participants where to go haven’t yet been installed, course developers say they should be any day now.

That will be helpful for folks like Stacy Steel, who was searching for hole 1 last Friday afternoon. Steel, of Clearwater, found out Milaca had a disc golf course when she went looking online for courses near the casino. After her visit at the slots and tables, she and her boyfriend stopped by Rec Park for a round or two.

“We always try to find different courses to check out,” she said. “And this one looked like something we’d enjoy.”

Disc golf course advocates had hoped the new Milaca attraction would bring newcomers to the area, a hope that seems to be already working.

Nestled next to the sinuous Rum River and abutting a nicely wooded area as well, Milaca’s course offers a variety of challenging play. Hole 1, beginning near the warming house of the ice skating rink at Rec Park, features a fairly open fairway — that is if the drive makes it over the treeline. Hole 2 runs along the outskirts of Milaca Public School’s practice field while hole 3 winds itself beside the old railroad tracks and into the wooded area — just don’t overthrow it. The basket sits just before a section of the Rum River.

Holes 4 and 5 may test the resolve of even the most avid disc golf fans with their river play. “Frolfers” (a term used for “Frisbee” golfers) tee-off on the east side of the Rum River and try to land about eight feet up the west bank to reach the basket — or hole. The river has already claimed a few wayward discs, but adventurous types like Milaca resident Joe Wildman have opted to retrieve their discs from the waters.

“It’s a great course,” the soggy footed Wildman said after recovering his disc. “I’ve had my wife out this year, and even the grandkids.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, Aug. 23 print edition of the Times.