Disc golf on verge of coming to Manchester
Manchester Parks & Rec Chief Don Pinard works on his short game while giving a tour of the city's 18-hole course in wooded land adjacent to Brown and Mitchell Park and the Pine Grove Cemetery. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
“It’s very affordable recreation,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how old or young you are; it’s a great walk through the woods.”
Parks Division employees have been working with volunteers over the summer to clear brush and downed trees for the course. So far, one hole has been set up, and Pinard hopes the course will be ready to open sometime in the fall.
The division hired Eric McCabe, the winner of the 2010 Professional Disc Golf Association World Championship, to design the course. McCabe wanted far less than another designer, in part as a way to gain a foothold in New England, Pinard said.
Pinard said down the line, the course could generate revenue for the city. “We feel confident we’re going to be able to attract a pro tournament, and that would bring some revenue,” he said.
Pinard recently outlined the plans for the Manchester course in an email to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. He said he didn’t need board approval to move forward on the plan.
Those interested in more information or in volunteering can call the Parks Division at 624-6444, or visit the Facebook page “The Hollows Disc Golf Course.”
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