Mr. Tony Cook & the Howard County County Health & Wellness Council (HCCHW) spearheaded an extremely positive disc golf campaign in Fayette, MO. Tony recognized the dire need of change for the course at DC Rogers Lake, and he appreciated the healthy benefits of playing our beloved sport. In turn, he created a 3 part program:
1. In 2012, promote the sport of disc golf to Fayette residents and encourage them to play the course at DC Rogers.
2. Relocate the [homeade] baskets at DC Rogers to the City Park in town ...Fayette has around 1100 residents, plus 1400ish at the school. If you can't find the city park, you have bigger problems
* the new course, has signs at the natural teeing area. 9 holes total. And has a decent flow. It is designed for rec players, and is par'd accordingly (low 30s).
3. 2013-2015 consult a member of the Disc Golf Course Designers Group and install at least one 18 hole PDGA sanctioned championship course at DC Rogers Lake.
* Tony and the HCCHW have permission to install the aforementioned course as soon as they can afford the equipment for sanctioned baskets, tee pads & tee sings AND if they have enough volunteers to maintain the portion of the park that contains the course. The reason for this is that the City of Fayette is so small that they employ two full time workers to maintain the city's landscape; and DC Rogers is enormous. So it gets mowed a handful of times a year. Tony is hopeful that over the next year or two, enough locals will grow into regular players, resulting in volunteers to keep the fairways mowed.
What Tony has done for disc golf in Fayette over the last two years has taken me 5 years to accomplish in Columbia, MO - update signs at Albert-Oakland courses and Indian Hills, update the Oakland's 'Top' course Mach 1s to Mach 3s, relocate old baskets to parks throughout town, as well as get a PDGA Championship Course (construction at Strawn Park starts this summer - stay tuned!). It's very easy to criticize crappy courses, and rightfully so. But Tony Cook truly has taken up the mantle as an advocate for disc golf. And I sincerely hope all works out according to plan in Fayette, MO. Moreover, if it does work out then the CDGC and/or Boosters can host a big tourney between the STL and KC Opens. We'll be loaded up with 2 decent courses, a world class course, the Top course =) & hypothetically a championship course 25 miles north in Fayette, and two great courses 25 miles south in Jefferson City.
All in all, I apologize to those who had poor experiences with mid MO courses in the past. But I assure you that the tides have changed. If you would like additional info on any of these related topics, please contact me by phone or email.
Skyler ML Babcock
573 881 firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Founder, Columbia Disc Golf Boosters
Advocate for the President's Challenge
Mayor's Council for Health & Physical Fitness
Member, Disc Golf Course Designers
Assistant Officer, Columbia Disc Golf Club (CDGC)