BEAVER SPRINGS — After visiting the Snyder County disc golf course in Beaver Springs last week, professional disc golf player Simon Lizotte touted it as a fun “gem” in a YouTube video he posted online. line.
“It’s a new gem on the East Coast for sure,” said the German-born disc golfer who lives in Massachusetts and documents his visits to courses around the world. His YouTube channel has 152,000 subscribers.
Lizotte visited the 18-hole Lake Faylor disc golf course, owned by Snyder County, on Thursday. A 25-minute video of his visit was “liked” by 3,500 YouTube viewers.
“He’s the Tiger Woods of disc golf,” Snyder County Commissioner Joe Kantz said, expressing excitement for the world champion to visit the new Steve Braud-designed course on the 800-acre property that includes a 140-acre lake.
“Disc golf seems to be one of the fastest growing sports in the world. For a professional in the sport to visit the Faylor Lake course is huge,” said steward Adam Ewig. Reading “reviews of the park and watching the course come to life is confirmation that this project has made the best use of this part of the lake property.”
Lee Zimmerman, who helped build and maintain the course, said Lizotte arrived around 6 a.m. last Thursday and the bucolic setting paid off immediately.
“Just minutes after the video’s intro sequence was filmed, a bald eagle dived into the lake for a fish and they managed to capture the eagle flying above the water, its reflection reflecting in the steaming lake below,” Zimmerman said.
Lizotte, who is ranked 11th in the world and has been playing professional disc golf since 2008, shot a 9-under par, 60 from the gold layout by 69 last week, Zimmerman said.
In addition to his world ranking, Lizotte is a four-time German Disc Golf champion; double European champion; a former world record holder for the longest course in disc golf and the current world champion for the fastest throw ever at 89.5 mph.
“While it may not be the best or most difficult course, it may be the most enjoyable and fun course I have ever played,” Lizotte said of the course. of Lake Faylor. “I can’t wait to come back and play the course again.”
The response to Lizotte’s video was so overwhelming that Andy Klinger, who manages social media for the Faylor Lake disc golf course, said he had to turn off his phone.
“When his video dropped, there were so many shares, messages, cross-messages, comments, etc. that I had to turn off my phone to sleep,” Klinger said of the more than 250 comments posted on the video. “It’s so cool and exciting to see this happen right here in Snyder County.
The county has been investing in lake ownership for a few years and recently received a $60,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission which, with $70,000 in county funds, the commissioners plan to add restrooms, install a handicapped-accessible boat dock and expand the parking lot.
The county council last week rejected three bids that were much higher than expected with plans to seek further funding before submitting the project to another bid.
The lake is open to the public for fishing, boating, walking the 3 km trail and disc golf.
Zimmerman invites anyone interested in helping with its maintenance, sponsoring projects, or needing more information to contact [email protected]
To view Lizotte’s YouTube video of her visit to Lake Faylor, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fEC2l0gGT0