Burbine disc golf site hosts full pleasure flights

CHARLESTON – If you build it, they will come.

This line resonates with a well-known 1989 baseball movie starring Kevin Costner, who plays a farmer who turns part of his Iowa cornfield into a baseball field.

The Montgomery County Legislature can be credited with the same thought when it authorized the creation of a disc golf course in the Thomas H. Burbine Memorial Forest on Corbin Hill Road in Charleston.

The investment, approved for $ 9,500 and not exceeding $ 13,000 last August, was completed and opened to the public last October. On Saturday, the county legislature’s decision was celebrated as 72 members of the Professional Disc Golf Association [PDGA] participated in the very first two-round Blues at Burbine tournament.

“It’s a chance to show the course, it gets people here all week,” said tournament director Mark Hay. “They trained for the tournament and you hope they are like ‘I want to come back and keep playing.'”

Vestal’s Marcia Focht has returned to the Burbine course for competition after a training session last month.

“It’s so beautiful and peaceful,” Focht said. “My husband, who does not play, sometimes accompanies me on a practice round. He thought he was one of the nicest he had ever been too.

An avid competitor, Focht intended to compete at Burbine on Saturday.

“I try to fill every weekend with an event. I saw this on the [PDGA] map and realized that I had never played on this course, so I signed up, ”said Focht. “There are great tees, tee boxes, great signage so you know what you’re doing, where you’re going. Looks like it’s very fair, even though there are a ton of trees, it makes it difficult. “

Focht won the women’s advanced title with a score of 143, 29 over par.

Hay was confident that Montgomery County’s investment would pay off – almost immediately.

“The baskets were placed on October 20 of last year and when the last basket was placed we had people here playing Utica,” said Hay. “We posted on Facebook that we were setting up baskets this weekend and that they were going out to play at Central Park in Schenectady. On the way back they stopped to see if we were done.

The 18-hole configuration of the Burbine Forest Golf Course, designed by Hay, covers 5,676 feet and comes with its own set of natural challenges.

“Anyone can throw a disc or a frisbee in the open [space]”Hay said.” You can have different challenges or the wind and things like that, but the trees are what create the lines and [the] dangers. That’s why people love golf in the woods… shaping those shots around trees.

“Sometimes you have to bend the record to the left, sometimes you have to bend it to the right. Depending on how you throw a disc, you can shape it around trees. And it’s kind of the attraction of playing in the woods [course] strike that perfect line and make it take shape around the trees.

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