As someone who doesn’t play disc golf, I’m always amazed by the disc golf courses I see in parks. And the one still under construction at Jacob Fork Park in Newton is no exception. On a recent visit, I had the opportunity to explore the course with Assistant Director Carol Stiles. Locally $27,000 was raised to support this course through hole sponsorships. This certainly adds variety and fun to the course with the names chosen by the sponsor. Some of my favorites include Holy Me Shivers, Mounded, On Golden Pond (in honor of Parks & Recreation Director Sandra Waters), Hold on Tight and the 18th hole Oh Yeah, which is what you might say when finished! The course is designed to be a championship course with multiple par fours and several par five holes and is the case with most other courses in parks, the footprint doesn’t interfere with other park amenities. Plans are for the course to be finished around July 4th.
Jacob Fork sits on a 100-acre parcel of land owned by the City of Newton located off NC Highway 10 West in Catawba County. The site is less than a quarter of a mile from the interchange of Hwy. 10 and the U.S. Highway 321 Freeway interconnector, which is a major western NC thoroughfare connecting the Charlotte Metro area with the Hickory/Morganton/Lenoir Metro area and ultimately Boone to the northwest.
Other features at Jacob Fork Park include picnic table by the river, two softball fields, a canoe launch, fishing access, a walking track, pump track and a 2.5 mile Woodland Trail for biking and walking/running. It was great to explore this park and almost all aspects of it in use. There were even a few disc golfers taking advantage of the holes that are complete. Near one of the parking areas for the trail are a picnic table and bike repair station. As a cyclist, I don’t see many of these in parks and along greenways.
As I have seen with many park projects there are countless hours of time donated by volunteers. At Jacobs Fork, volunteers have helped build picnic tables and the Woodland Trail and currently, they are working to finish the disc golf course. Our parks are certainly fortunate to have dedicated individuals who see the vision and are willing to help by giving of their time, talents and financial resources. As we kick off Volunteer Month, if you haven’t said thank you to your volunteers, now would be a great time!
For more information on Newton Parks & Recreation visit http://www.newtonnc.gov/departments/recreation/newton_recreation_department.php