One of the most prominent features of Punderson’s disc golf is Pine Lake. This scenic, peaceful lake serves as a major water hazard for the disc golf course and has claimed many discs. Regardless of the hazard, the island in the middle of Pine Lake has tempted us since the course was installed to put in an island basket – something most courses don’t have. The only problem was finding a way to get out there. On Sunday, June 26th, after years of planning and struggling with one obstacle after another, a floating bridge was installed:
The Friends of Punderson could not have done this without the help of the Ohio State Park system, after locating and allowing us to refurbish old floating docks and giving us the go ahead with the project. Although we had the docks, trying to maintain the course, run our events and take on the bridge project was overwhelming. It took the ambitions of Paul Keller, John Luker and Travis Bailey to get this project moving – working to re-construct the floats, repair, and stain them. That isn’t to say that there weren’t others that helped, we are just thankful they were able to head the project while others kept the course alive.
The first throws out during our “First Official Round with the Island in Play” were exhilarating and rewarding. Above, Eric “Sharky’ Boyd takes his shot. The added basket is not currently considered a “long” basket on Hole #2 but will be considered an “alternate” or “B” basket location. This will make shooting from the Reds a Par 4.
The bridge is not located by the original basket for Hole #2 as many thought it would be – it was in fact installed just past the brush behind the basket eliminating any awkwardness in play by people walking back from the bridge while another group (who maybe can’t see them) are playing up behind them.
A putt on the island by Andy Morrison (below) – making the first official “Birdie” on the island – it is still very rough and a lot still needs to be cleared and mowed, but with the bridge installed it will now be easier to maintain. Although it was cleared a few years ago for the basket to be installed, the brush grows back quickly with no regular maintenance and this is why our volunteers have been so crucial to keep the course playable as park labor is limited.
We would like to thank EVERYONE who helped make this project possible. Without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers this project would have never been completed. More pictures are available on the Punderson Disc Golf Facebook Page.
We are really excited about some progress at the disc golf course this year!
Glow League – Need we say more? We are bringing the glow league back this year! Make sure you mark your calendar and come out and glow! We have glow discs available – if you don’t have glow discs you can get some at this event. Cupcake also has some colored glow in the dark tape – so if you need some remind her before the glow! PLEASE make sure to have a small LED black light or Ultra Violet Light we DO NOT permit flashlights to be used during these rounds except for emergency purposes only.
Our first tournament is coming up on June 18th – the Red, White and Blue Marathon – three rounds back to back of alternating Red, White and Blue Tee layouts. This demanding tournament is a perfect way to get started up here at Punderson! Go ALL IN and play EVERY tee pad in a taxing one day tourney!
Pun’s Labyrinth V is our next event – July 23-24th – a two day PDGA C-Tier Sanctioned Tournament. This event sold out in February and there is currently a waiting list, which – yes, you have to pay in advance to be on. Refunds will be issued if you don’t make it in. However if you still want to contribute, this is our biggest event and our infamous prize raffle is open to anyone wanting to join us for this event! We are getting a lot of great donations this year including Dosh Board Golf – the First Disc Golf Board Game, and more recently Zuca Cart who will be providing us with a cart and this Special Offer for our players!
The last big event we will be having this year is the Pine Lake Open on September 18th – Two rounds from the blue tees this will be the big event to end the year! We are in the works of making this event PDGA Sanctioned also – so please watch Disc Golf Scene for updates.
Also, we are really pretty sure the bridge to the island will be installed this year… we know it has taken a while, but it may even be in play for the Pine Lake Open.
If anyone wants to volunteer to keep a hole maintained, or mow, PLEASE CONTACT US so we can get you your volunteer form submitted to the park! Bench sponsorships are also now being accepted, it is about $75.00 and some volunteer labor needed to put one in – please see Andy, Bob or Cupcake if you would like to contribute.
Scott Stokely is a professional disc golfer who has traveled the world, and is doing clinics all over the U.S. with a focus on working with those with special needs to learn the sport as part of his goal to help everyone learn the sport of Disc Golf. On Tuesday, September 15th, he will be at Punderson State Park’s Disc Golf Course at 3:30pm to work with those with special needs. A general disc golf clinic will begin at 4:30, followed by a random draw scrambles for $12.00, with payout in Fly High Discs, Scott’s own disc line.
The clinics are FREE and we hope to see you there! Punderson’s disc golf course is located at the first right IMMEDIATELY after entering the park.