Disc golfers to get 1st peek of Reed City course Aug. 20

The first 80 entrant to the Reed City Disc Golf Course Sneak Peek will receive their choice of a driver, mid-range, or putter. 

The first 80 entrant to the Reed City Disc Golf Course Sneak Peek will receive their choice of a driver, mid-range, or putter. 

Photo courtesy of Reed City Disc Golf Club

REED CITY — Disc golfers will be getting their first look at the new disc golf course at Rambadt Park in Reed City on Aug. 20.

With the Rambadt Park Disc Golf Course Sneak Peek, competitors will get the chance to not only battle against one another in a friendly competition, but the first 80 to sign up also will get a free Discraft disc. The event is $20 per person, with check-in from 8-9 a.m. 

Reed City Councilman Dave Burchett gave his thoughts on the progress made on the course heading into the sneak peek event. 

“We are stoked beyond belief on this one. We had a lot of stuff accomplished out there.” Burchett said. “A little bit more to do, obviously, but it is at the point where we can at least give a sneak peek and, you know, get the portable baskets out there and get people to check it out. We're going to wander the course as people are throwing so we have an idea of, like, if anything needs to be booted out.” 

The course will utilize temporary baskets for the tournament to make sure that they are positioned exactly where they want to be before putting in permanent baskets at a later date. They will also be taking any and all feedback from people using the course. 

“Whatever feedback we get, we're going to take into consideration or we're going to take to heart for sure," he said. "A lot of disc golfers have been out there already working with us. In the last three weeks. We've had some new volunteers and new workers that play disc golf that actually came and shot the course with us and said that this is going to be nice.” 

Throughout the day there will be disc golf clinics to teach new players how to drive and putt and do basic throws taught by Steve Hedstrom. There will be cash prizes for closest to the pin and longest putt. T-shirts also will be for sale at the Sneak Peek. 

This event marks the final stages for the creation of the course before the course opens to the public. It has been a long road for the course, from months of cleaning throughout last summer and this summer to setbacks due to storms. Finally, the course looks set to open within the next two months to the public. 

“Once the sneak peeks done, we can actually start working on it. We're hoping to have everything in at the end of September and then either do a tournament, do the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony, so to speak, be the end of September, maybe sometime in October.” 

Progress has been steady throughout the summer, with Reed City hosting multiple cleanup events that even saw Mayor Roger Meinert help out with a tractor to pull the brush off the course. All of this is coming together just in time for Reed City’s Great American Crossroads Celebration, where the course intends to be in the parade with banners. The parade is 6 p.m. Aug. 19.  

Registration for the Sneak Peek is available through discgolfscene.com. By putting Rambadt Park in the location category, it will take visitors to the Disc Golf Course page. There, they can sign up. For more information, visit the Reed City Disc Golf Club Facebook page.