Kingsley Disc Golf Expansion

$11,315 of $11,500 goal

Raised by 46 people in 14 months
The North Woods Disc Chuckers are looking for help to raise funds to create a new 18 hole disc golf course at the Civic Center in Kingsley, MI. On March 29th, 2018, we received the endorsement to complete this project by the Village of Kingsley, and the Civic Center Board. To assist in obtaining funds necessary for the construction of this project, the North Woods Disc Chuckers (NWDC) created this GoFundMe initiative. This will be a brand new course, in addition to the current 18 hole course on the property. Once construction is complete, the course will be open to the public for free during normal park hours. 

Why Disc Golf?
There are now more than 2000 Disc Golf courses in the United States and Canada, nearly all installed by city and county parks departments. They have found that there are few recreational activities that offer the high benefit-to-cost ratio of disc golf. Disc golf has relatively low capital and maintenance costs compared with other recreational installations, is environmentally sound, is played year-round in all climates and is enjoyed immediately even by beginners of all ages.

What Is Disc Golf?
Disc Golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of hitting a ball into a hole, you throw a more streamlined looking Frisbee® disc into a supported metal basket. The goal is the same: to complete the course in the fewest number of shots. A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to each basket, which is the "hole." As players progress down the fairway, they must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs and terrain changes in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket and the hole is completed.

Who Can Play?
The simple answer is that everyone can. In studies measuring participation in recreational activities, "throwing a Frisbee" has consistently been a top-ten activity. A disc golf course serves a broader portion of the community than many narrower interest activities with higher cost, skill or fitness levels required to even begin to play. Men and women, young and old, families with small children -- all can play disc golf. Because disc golf is so easy to understand and enjoy, no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities and proceed from there.

How Much Does It Cost To Play?
Many courses are located in city or regional parks where citizens play free. The equipment itself is quite inexpensive – discs designed for golf sell for $8-$15 each and only one is needed to get started.

Course Construction
The installation of a 18-hole disc golf course at the Civic Center would include the construction of tees and the installation of signs and baskets. Minimal foliage would need to be removed. A few branches will need to be trimmed or removed near a few tees and baskets, especially near eye level range. One of the unique things about disc golf is that the foliage plays an important role in the character of the course providing a unique challenge on each hole. The construction of the course would take place in 4 stages.
- Clearing/ Cutting
- Tee Pads
- Baskets
- Signage
Tees: Each hole would have one tee. The smaller tees will be 4" thick concrete measuring approximately 4'x10' while the shorter tees would be 4’x12’. The tees would be built flush with the ground. 
Signs: Tee signs are very important to help first time users find their way through the course. Each hole would have a sign indicating the number, length, sponsor, and additional hole information.
Baskets: Each playable hole would have one basket mounted on a pipe that slides inside an anchoring sleeve that gets cemented into a hole measuring approximately 8" in diameter and 18-24" deep. The basket pipe and anchor sleeve each have collar tabs that line up and are securely locked with a padlock.

Community Benefits
The installation of a disc golf course at the Kingsley Civic Center South would benefit the surrounding community by increasing and enhancing recreational opportunities, park safety and conservation goals.

Recreational Needs: A disc golf course would provide an inexpensive form of recreation for people of all age and skill levels. A disc golf course would give youth in the neighborhood a healthy and challenging outlet for their energies. For the growing number of disc golfers in Northern Michigan, the presence of a new disc golf course in Kingsley would obviate the need to travel to play and would give them a base from which to further promote the sport. To further grow the sport, the North Woods Disc Chuckers would run leagues, clinics and tournaments and secure any necessary permits for these activities. These activities would be self-funding and so would require no new park funds.
Safety: A new disc golf course at the Kingsley Civic Center would increase foot traffic in the park throughout the day and steadily during evenings and weekends. The influx of purposeful visitors would discourage the presence of individuals who are only in the park to cause mischief and perhaps engage in crime. The installation of a disc golf course generally leads to significant decreases in vandalism and litter, as users have a stake in keeping the course and surrounding area clean and well-kept.
Conservation: Disc golf can be an environment-friendly sport. Unlike traditional golf, a disc golf course may not require many trees to be removed, grass mowed and watered daily, plants uprooted or non-native species planted. The proposed course design from NWDC will utilize much of the land’s existing flora. The impact of a disc golf course on the surrounding area is minimal. Disc golfers overall tend to take great pride in where they play, helping reduce potential litter on the course. In the long-term, a disc golf course would also help in the preservation of the park by giving young people in the neighborhood a stake in its preservation and protection.
Economic Impact: With the unique layout and multiple courses, disc golfers from outside of the area will travel to play the courses. In addition to recreational players, the course will host larger sanctioned tournaments for amateur and professional level players.

$50 or more
"Birdie Sponsor"
Receive a custom North Woods Disc Chuckers disc

$250 or more
"Eagle Sponsor"
Receive your name/logo on the tee sign of your own hole.

$1,000 or more
"Ace Sponsor"
Receive your name/logo on the tee sign of your own hole. Also receive recognition on the first hole as a Course Sponsor

If you have questions, please contact us at NorthWoodsDiscChuckers@live.com. Also, visit our Facebook page for current events  http://www.facebook.com/northwoodsdiscchuckers/

***All items will be distributed after fundraising is complete. Please make sure to add your email address so we can contact you with updates.

We are hosting a fundraiser event for the new Kingsley Civic Center South​ course on Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day). It will be 1 round of 18 holes, doubles format. Entry is $25 per person.  MVP Disc Sports​ is donating CTP prizes! 

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The property corners and lines have been marked (HUGE thanks to Bob Mitchell & Associates Land Surveyors for donating your time!). We have 8 holes tentatively marked, and are now able to work on the remaining 10 holes. We are aiming to have 18 tentative tees/fairways/pin placements marked within the next month.⛓️
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WE DID IT!!! We reached our goal of $10,000 for the Kingsley Civic Center South disc golf expansion! Thank you to everyone that has donated, stay tuned for updates as the construction progresses and volunteer work days will be posted. For everyone that donated $50+, we will be reaching out to get you your disc. There are still 2 tee signs available for sponsorship, let us know if you or someone you know is interested. We are still accepting donations to help with maintenance/upkeep costs.
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Thank you to everyone that came out today! We had 53 players, 27 teams (1 cali). A total of $2522 was raised, putting us at $9512 of our $10K goal! There are still a few tee signs available for sponsorship! And huge thanks again to everyone that donated prizes!
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We've reached the half way mark! Less than a month into fundraising, the Kingsley Disc Golf Expansion has reached 51% of its goal. Thanks to everyone that's contributed!
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