REED CITY \u2014 After three years in the making, the Reed City Disc Golf Course offered a \u201csneak peek\u201d for disc golfers during the Great American Crossroads Celebration last weekend. City council member Dan Burchette, who has been instrumental in getting the disc golf course at Rambadt Park and has put in many man-hours preparing the course, told the Pioneer the sneak-peek event was a great success. \u201cIt went really great,\u201d Burchette said. \u201cWe had about 40 participants \u2014 men, women and children \u2014 that showed up. Everybody was excited to be out there, to participate in something new. They truly can\u2019t wait to get this thing up and going with the permanent baskets and tee pads.\u201d He added they even had some people from Texas show up to the event. \u201cThey happened to be in the area, and they are disc golfers,\u201d he said. \u201cThey saw that this was a new course going in and decided to check it out. They said they loved it," Burchette said most of the feedback from the participants was positive, with most players saying they like that the course is short, but very technical. Most courses are long, and it is a long and strong throw in wide open areas from the tee pad to the basket, he explained. This course is anywhere from 105 feet to 250 feet, with the shorter courses of 105 feet to 170 feet being very technical. \u201cThey have trees in front of them, or are up or down hill,\u201d Burchette said. \u201cThe people seemed to like that. It is nice for those that can\u2019t throw real far, with the shorter distances.\u201d The only negative feedback received, he said, was that there are some \u201cangle twisters\u201d and \u201ctoe stumpers.\u201d \u201cWe didn\u2019t really have a lot of that (negative feedback), and what we did get is stuff we already knew about that needed to be taken care of,\u201d he said. \u201cThings like that you will find in any new course and that is something we will work on over time.\u201d Three rounds of 18 holes were played, with prizes handed out to those that participated. \u00a0Several local business owners donated food vouchers, gift cards and other freebies, Burchette said. \u201cI had about 40 donations from different businesses in town, so for the most part, everybody won something,\u201d he said. \u201cEverybody that paid the $20 entry fee received a free disc.\u201d Awards were given for closest to the pin, furthest putt and holes-in-one. \u201cWe had three holes-in-one,\u201d Burchette said. \u201cFor those that didn\u2019t win on the course, we had a putting contest, so they had a chance to win.\u201d Burchette said he was very pleased with the turn out, and the next step will be to install the permanent baskets, tee pads and signage, which he hopes can be completed by the end of September or early October. \u201cI would like to have an official grand opening and ribbon cutting this year and would like to have everything in by that time,\u201d he said. \u201cThe money is there; it is just a matter of having the time and getting the volunteers to help.\u201d Originally approved by city council in 2019, the project was temporarily halted when questions emerged as to whether proper procedures were followed in contracting for the work on the course. Attorney Dave Porteous later informed the city council it was his determination that under city code it would be necessary for the city to bid out for the materials and installation of the course. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns caused further delays and, finally, in 2021 council awarded the bid for design, construction and installation of the course to Steve Hedstrom with Disc Golf Course Design. However, Hedstrom told the council at the time they were too far behind to have the project completed by the end of that summer. Volunteer groups worked throughout the summer to clear brush from the pathways. The following summer, strong storms in the area caused further delays when trees and limbs were blown down in the course area. When volunteers were finally allowed back into the area, the work to clear the pathways began again. \u201cIt\u2019s been a long time coming,\u201d Burchette said. \u201cTwo years of blood, sweat and tear were put into this course, with mother nature kicking us in the face last year. She won the battle, but she didn\u2019t win the war because we are up and running and ready to open.\u201d Anyone interested in volunteering or purchasing a RCDGC T-shirt can reach out to Burchette on the Reed City Disc Golf Club Facebook page.