Reed City plans disc golf course

Reed City city council is moving ahead with plans to develop a disc golf course at Rambadt Park. The course is expected to be completed by next spring. (Herald Review photo/Cathie Crew)

Reed City city council is moving ahead with plans to develop a disc golf course at Rambadt Park. The course is expected to be completed by next spring. (Herald Review photo/Cathie Crew)

REED CITY -- The Reed City city council moved forward with plans to create a disc golf course at Rambadt Park at their meeting on Monday, Oct. 21.

The council voted to allow Kenneth Ford of Lake States Forestry in Hersey to begin coordinating with loggers to improve a 9.6 acre lot in Rambadt Park in preparation for the course. The improvement will include removal of dead trees, selective tree cuttings and clearing of underbrush.

City Manager Ron Howell told the council Ford was willing to do the work in exchange for 12 percent of the profit made from the sale of the lumber that is cleared. Ford will draw up the specs and individually mark each tree that needs to be removed because it is dead, or over its maturity age.

He will coordinate with the loggers, be on site with them, have the trees removed according to what is best for the lot, and will not let the loggers go beyond that, he said.

"Select cutting is best for the lot and hopefully the course will work itself within that setting," Howell said. "I have given Ford a drawing of the course plan showing the layout of the holes and made sure he understood this is what the designers want. Once the clearing is completed, we can move ahead with the design of the course."

Howell said the designers want to keep as many trees as possible, because it is a beautiful park and the trees become part of the challenge of the course.

Steve Hedstrom with Home Team Disc Golf, designer of eight disc golf courses, has teamed up with Reed City residents Misty Lambert and Ashley Veltkamp to design the course at Rambadt Park.

"It's so cool working with Ashley and Misty because this is their first time, it's a brand-new experience, but specifically because there's not a lot of female disc golf designers out there," Hedstrom said.

The mother and daughter team have always loved the game of disc golf and decided to approach the city about building a course in town because they got tired of having to travel so far to play, Lambert said.

"There's a big hole in the disc golf map in the center of the state where there are no courses," she said. "We want to get some public courses where anybody can play."

Reed City Mayor Trevor Giles told the council they are working on finding sponsorships as a means of fundraising for the project.

"This will give our local businesses an opportunity to advertise and to be part of the project," Giles said.

Opportunities for advertising will include metal signs at the tee off for each hole and space on the baskets at the end of each hole, he said. In addition, there is the possibility of naming rights for the course with a significant donation of $20,000 or more.

"Everyone supports the idea of the course, but they do not want to see tax dollars or public monies used for it," Howell said. "They prefer to see the money come from grants and supporting sponsors."

Monies made from the sale of the cleared lumber, along with the sponsorships, will go toward the development of the course. Any additional funds above and beyond what is used to develop the course would be put aside for maintenance, Giles said.

"Putting in the course is just the start, there will be additional costs in maintenance and upkeep," he said.

The course is expected to be completed next spring.