Group looks for town support for Frisbee-disc golf course

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Oct. 3, 2013
Frisbee Disc Golf
A group in Stafford hopes to create a new Frisbee-disc golf course like this one. Courtesy photo.

A new Frisbee-disc golf organization began to take shape at a public meeting at the Stafford Town Hall on Sept. 26. The group looks to create a local course for the unique sport.

Frisbee-disc golf has only been known for approximately 20 years. The goal of the sport is to throw a Frisbee into a basket that is set up in the middle of the trees and high grass, or other natural settings. This is all to be done with the least number of tosses possible, much like golf.

There are currently courses in towns such as Tolland and Sturbridge, Mass. Stafford residents are looking to save on travel time and spend more time on the course. That is why Carl Molitoris and Selectman Neil Hoss have set out to create a new course.

Molitoris had proposed such a plan approximately four years ago. At that time, there was no backing from the town. Now Hoss is behind the idea and has rallied more support for the course. “We are looking to raise $12,000 to do what needs to be done for a new course,” said Hoss. “The baskets alone are approximately $500 each. Even though the course is as natural as the sport will allow, there will be some clearing and cleaning up to do. Also, we would have to maintain the course. We are hoping that sponsors realize what an excellent opportunity this would be to give back to the community and give a tax-deductible donation to this wonderful cause.”

The land that the group is looking at as a possibility for the course is the area of Dennis Pond on Ice House Road. The town-owned land is approximately 40 acres.  There is a pond on the grounds and the landscaping is sure to provide its challenges for the sport. The town is starting to work with the group and they hope to have everything in place soon.

“I have never played the sport,” said James Rummel. “I am just starting to get into the sport now. I really hope this all works out. I would really like to have this kind of fun in my own town.”

“Carl has put out a great deal of time and money to pursue this idea,” said Hoss.  “I am going to do all I can to make this happen. When I was running for office two years ago, I asked many town residents what they would like to see happen with Stafford. The answer, ‘A Frisbee-disc golf course’ seemed to be the most popular response. I feel a need to make this happen.”

If anyone is interested in joining the group, there will be a meeting on Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m. at the Stafford Town Hall.

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