Disc golf comes to Clovis

Clovis High School senior Brian Croke,17, plays disc golf at Ned Houk Park. Croke was at the park recently with fellow members of the Clovis cross country team. (CNJ staff photo Eric Kluth)

Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer

Some people are wondering about those metal things sticking out of the ground at Ned Houk Park.

Corey Young said curious people approached him while he was working on the project.

“They had no idea what it was,” he said. “But once I explained it they thought it was pretty cool.”

The 17-year-old Young got approval, raised funds, and built a disc golf course at Ned Houk Park as his Eagle Scout project.

Corey’s father, Gary Young, said the idea sprouted after playing disc golf at Red River state park.

“They had a course there, and we had some Frisbees with us, so we played it,” Gary Young said. “It was fun and Corey thought it might be a good idea for his Eagle Scout project.”

Corey Young said scouts looking to achieve the Eagle rank have to complete a project by their 18th birthday.

The Eagle hopeful raised $600 through the Boy Scouts, but most of the funds were donated by the Clovis Kiwanis Club, of which the elder Young is a member.

“They backed it because it is something that benefits the entire community,” Gary Young said.

The Kiwanis club donated $3,500 for the course.

Before raising funds, Corey Young had to get approval from the city.

Rob Carter of the Clovis Parks and Recreation department said disc golf may be new to the area, but it is not a new game.

“It has been around for a long time,” he said. “Maybe it’s ready for a comeback. It is very popular in other parts of the country.”

Disc golf is played by the same rules as conventional golf, but Frisbees are used instead of clubs and balls. The holes are stands with chains that catch the discs.

Corey Young said the stands were ordered from a California company called Innova. After they were shipped, he filled the bases with cement and buried them.

He said the project took three months to complete from planning to completion, and about six hours of manual labor.

The course, which has nine holes, is located in the patchwork place area of the park.

Gary Young said he and his son played the course after they finished it.

“It’s a good, challenging course,” Gary Young said. “It will be great if the community embraces it.”

The course is free for all to enjoy, but discs are not provided.

Now that the course is complete, Corey Young’s project goes in front of a board of review before he can become an Eagle Scout.

“I hope it passes,” the scout laughed.