Folf course considered at Copper Mountain

2013-10-09T00:15:00Z Folf course considered at Copper MountainBy Mike Smith of The Montana Standard Montana Standard
October 09, 2013 12:15 am  • 

Frisbee golf enthusiasts would have another park in Butte to toss their discs if a proposed “folf” course for Copper Mountain Park comes to fruition.

Commissioners are holding a public hearing on the proposal at their committee of the whole meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the courthouse.

Parks and Recreation Coordinator E. Jay Ellington said players are excited about prospects of having a second course in Butte. There is one at Thompson Park.

Frisbee golf is similar to regular golf in strategy and scoring, only discs are used and the holes consist of poles with chain baskets. It is seen as low-cost recreation and exercise for participants and relatively inexpensive in capital and maintenance costs for park officials.

Ellington said the poles and baskets probably cost between $250 to $400 each and there would be a post and plaque at each tee-off point showing that hole’s layout and par.

Folf players who helped establish the course at Thompson Park have been pushing for the new course.

“They are great partners,” Ellington said. “It’s another kind of special group.”

There were some problems with littering along the course at Thompson Park several years ago before actual baskets were put up, but that has not been an issue recently in part because of the players, Ellington said.

“They are policing themselves and policing the public,” he said. “We have had a great relationship.”

Ellington said “folfers” are like other groups of outdoor recreation enthusiasts — including bikers and hikers —who make Butte’s parks places to go.

“Sometimes we just provide the bare land and the groups come to us with the activities,” he said. “They help develop them and operate them and maintain them.”

— Reporter Mike Smith may be reached via email at mike.smith@mtstandard or call 496-5511.

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