Department of Parks
Disc Golf Course Opens at Jenny Wiley
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky state park system’s first disc golf course officially opened today at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg.
The course, believed to be the first in Eastern Kentucky, is expected to be an exciting addition to the recreational facilities at Jenny Wiley.
“Disc golf is a growing sport in the United States,” said John Kington, deputy parks commissioner. “We believe this course will be in the vanguard of an explosion in this fun, affordable sport.”
Disc golf is played like the traditional game, but the player throws a plastic disc instead of hitting a ball with a club. The disc is thrown from a tee to a “hole” that consists of an elevated metal basket. The discs – called “drivers” – are more sophisticated than the toy discs familiar to generations. Different drivers have unique characteristics relating to shot making, just as golf clubs do.
Park Manager Scott Ringham said the course, which unofficially opened last fall, already is seeing considerable play.
“We believe there is unlimited potential here,” Ringham said. “Disc golf is taking off around the country. Texas alone has more than 100 courses. It’s a sport that anyone can enjoy without a big investment and without great athletic skill. We’re pleased that Jenny Wiley is the first state park to feature this sport.”
The price can’t be beat – there is no cost to play. The course is open year round. The park rents discs for $2 per day; they can also be purchased in the park gift shop, with prices ranging from $10 to $20.
The course was developed at a cost of about $35,000. H.B. Clark, a professional disc golfer from Bowling Green, designed it. The par 62 course features tees for both professional and recreational players.
The new course already is a scheduled stop on a four-event Blue Grass Disc Golf Series tour this spring. Jenny Wiley will host the event, sponsored by BellSouth, on April 29-30. The series offers a cash purse for professional players, but also is open to players of other skill levels.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov