Disc golf coming soon to Konarcik Park

A disc golf player flings a frisbee toward the target during a recent game. (submitted photo)

Disc golf is rumored to have gotten its start as early as the 1900s, but in 2015, it will be played for the first time in Waterloo. Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf or “frolf,” will be coming to Konarcik Park this summer.

The sport is one of precision and accuracy and consists of a flying disc being thrown at a target.

As of late 2011, there were more than 4,000 permanent disc golf courses installed in North America, Europe and Asia. That number is increasing yearly, with Waterloo being added to that growing total this year.

In this case, metal baskets will be installed in the park throughout a golf-like course for the public to use.

Waterloo Park District board member Shelby Mathes said the idea of bringing this sport to town came from former Waterloo Optimist Club president Quinn Rodenberg.

“There were a couple other people in the community who had been talking about it, so we looked into it,” Mathes said.

They got in touch with Dave McCormack, owner of Gateway Disc Sports out of Maryland Heights, Mo., who installs courses in the area. He has more than 20 years of experience in disc golf design and installation and has played more than 426 disc golf courses in North America, Europe and Japan.

McCormack is the leading disc golf designer in the midwest, and park district members are excited to work with him.

“He recommended Konarcik Park because of the trees,” Mathes said.

The course will consist of 18 “holes.” Organizers are hoping to start work on the course at the beginning of April.

“It’s going to be a first-class course,” Mathes said. “It’s really popular with the college kids and the interest is definitely there.”

Right now, the course will be open to the public and the community, with no plans for leagues as of now.

“If that does come up, we’ll look into it,” Mathes said of the league idea.

The park district hopes to have the course completely installed by the end of May so it can be enjoyed all summer.

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