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Persimmon Ridge Park to feature disc golf course

Persimmon Ridge Park in Jonesborough offers a variety of recreational opportunities, from hiking trails and baseball fields to a water park and playground. Soon, that list will also include disc golf.
“We’re working on putting nine holes in for the time being, just to see what the response is,” said Rachel Conger, parks and recreation director for the town. “We’ve gotten calls from people in the community asking if we’d ever consider putting one in, so we feel like the need is there.”
Disc golf is a game in which players throw flying discs into a basket or at a target. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, “The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc.”
The new course will begin behind the Head Start building located near the entrance of Persimmon Ridge Park and will loop back around to end near where it begins, Conger said.
The town is currently in the process of buying equipment for the course and expects the new venture to cost somewhere between $8,000 and $9,000.
“We’re not going high end, but we are looking for equipment we know will last,” Conger said. “We have money allocated in the budget for it, but we are seeking sponsorships to cut down our cost.”
Conger expects construction on the project to begin by the end of the month, with hopes of the course being ready for use some time in January or February of 2011.
According to Town Administrator Bob Browning, the course could be expanded to 18 holes in the future.
“If we can get Johnson City to cooperate with us, we might go over in the Washington County Utility District landfill where we could probably get another nine holes,” Browning said.
The landfill, which is now owned by the City of Johnson City and no longer used, sits adjacent to Persimmon Ridge Park.
For more information, or to sponsor a part of the disc golf course, contact Conger at 753-1030.