Hole in one: Disc golf course coming to the campus of Mid Michigan College

Residents of central Michigan searching for reasons to get out of the house and spend some time outside will soon have one more option to do so.

The Clare County Community Foundation has granted Mid Michigan College $3,000 to build a disc golf course on the school’s Harrison campus. The grant is funded by the Ashcraft Fund, Youth and Recreation Fund, and the Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors Fund.

For the uninitiated, disc golf, sometimes unofficially referred to as frisbee golf, utilizes the rules of traditional golfing but with frisbees instead of clubs and balls. Much like the game of golf, the frisbee is launched from the tee and then participants try to reach the "hole" in as little as many tosses as they can. The hole itself is actually a metal basket on a pole, with metal chains hanging down to collect the frisbees from the air.

"Mid is committed to offering recreational opportunities that appeal to community members, and fostering partnerships with local area organizations," says Scott Mertes, Vice President of Community Outreach & Advancement at Mid.

Mid’s Harrison campus is replete with outdoor activities. The 560-acre campus features three miles of walking trails and nineteen miles of mountain biking trails that wind throughout the woods and wilderness.

The trails host a number of events throughout the year, including the Rust Shaker and Sweat Shaker mountain bike races, to be held on April 25 and June 27, respectively. Registration for those events had recently opened. No word yet whether the shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will affect either.

The disc golf course will begin at the Poet Family Outdoor Education Center, the official trailhead for the walking and biking trails.

Though the disc golf course will be built on the Harrison campus, the Mt. Pleasant community does have three courses in town, one on the campus of Central Michigan University and two at Deerfield Park.

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