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.
Sharky’s March Madness League has begun and you are sure to have fun during this month long event! There are obstacles on the course and prizes to be won – stroke erasers, targets, and MADNESS…
Number 2 In the State!
The Friends of Punderson Disc Golf Course is currently rated the #2 course in the state of Ohio on Disc Golf Scene thank you to everyone for your support and reviews!
Pun’s Labyrinth V – 2016
Pun’s Labyrinth registration sold out in THREE DAYS! But don’t worry, you can still get registered on the wait list…
Other Tournaments for 2016
However we do have TWO other great tournaments this year you can register for. We have the Red, White and Blue Marathon on Saturday, June 18th. It will be a team effort of 2 people per team (limited to 36 teams). THREE consecutive rounds in different configurations from the Red, White and Blue Tee Pads. EVERY pad will get played in this event. Sharky says bring everything you need to survive because there won’t be much time between rounds… Then, we also have the Pine Lake Open, TWO rounds from the Blue Tee Pads on Sunday, September 18th.
Ground may break for the restrooms this spring! It is not 100% confirmed yet, however these may be heated restrooms from the rumors we heard…
We welcome you to join us in the 7th Annual Punderson Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, January 30th! This year we will NOT HAVE THE SPORTS CHALET parking and registration will be at the course entrance please dress appropriately for the weather. We will attempt to have some form of temporary shelter set up at the course entrance for registration and a fire going. No Wimps, No Whiners! Hope to see you out there. REGISTER HERE
Please remember that a Pantry Donation for Geauga County Job and Family Services is required with registration. Please see their pantry list below – make sure your food items are not expired – Don’t forget, items like plain pasta, rice, textiles and toiletries (paper towels, toilet paper, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, wipes, diapers, deodorant etc. are also much needed and welcome items to donate).
|Saturday, January 30, 2016
||Registration / Check-in
Player Divisions & Entry Fees
|$20.00 + Pantry Item (see below)
|$15.00 + Pantry Item (see below)
|$10.00 + Pantry Item (see below)
||6 Mulligans (Optional)
Optional Mulligans (6 for $5.00). 50% of entry fees and Mulligan proceeds go to Geauga County Jobs and Family Services charity food program. One food item required with entry fee.
Advanced will pay out in cash, Intermediate and Recreational will pay out in merchandise.
LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED BY GEAUGA JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES: