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New disc golf course begins to take shape in Hartington

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HARTINGTON — Construction began last week at the Hartington Community Athletic Complex to begin development of a new disc golf course.

Leise Concrete began pouring the pads for tee boxes, along with footings for the tee markers and disc cages. Lauren Kathol of Mayer Signs is finishing up her custom design for the signage at each hole.

The project had been in the works for several months, said Traci Baller, Hartington Park Board member. “Several communities around us

“Several communities around us have added disc golf courses recently,” she said. “We had discussed a project like this for a few years and were able to come up with a location that we thought would work well and be accessible. It will be a fun new addition to our community that people of all ages can enjoy.”

The nine-hole course is open to all skill levels.

The course will be open from sunrise to sunset, although players are encouraged to avoid certain holes that would interfere with baseball, softball and soccer when games or practices are taking place, Baller said.

There is no cost to play, but players must bring their own discs which can be purchased locally from Kruse True Value.

Final construction of the course is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend, Baller said.

Disc golf is much like the sport of golf, but instead of clubs, players use a disc similar to a Frisbee.

Disc golf has exploded in popularity recently. More than five new courses are built every day, an increase of 50 percent since 2020. There are more than 13,000 courses worldwide and 71 percent of those were built in the last decade.