Disc Golf Course Rises on Belle Isle
This week, the finishing touches were put on a new disc golf course, which has been quietly established on Belle Isle. Finished July 23, it’s the result of hard work from Detroit Disc Golf co-founder Chris Haag and Up in the Air Disc Golf’s Andrew Frazier, as well as several other dedicated course administrators. Although disc golfers have been using 6-foot-tall wooden posts for the past six months, the organizers have just finished installing 19 disc golf baskets into the ground, fulfilling the requirements of the Professional Disc Golf Association for hosting sanctioned tournaments.
Haag was introduced to the sport 10 years ago, at a course called Flip City in Shelby Township. Over time, Haag’s disc golf skill and passion grew. He says he loved the sport because it was, “easy to pick up and play, yet challenging.”
His group, Detroit Disc Golf, gelled in 2010, after Haag and co-founder Joe Robinson had both recently moved to Detroit. “Basically, we were sitting at a bar one night, talking about how much we missed having disc golf courses near us,” Haag says, pointing out how few, if any, decent disc golf courses are within a 40-minute drive of Detroit. “Four or five beers later, we were pounding fists on the bar, saying, ‘We’re gonna build a disc golf course on Belle Isle.’”
The two then planned an outing, with no planning other than their vague idea about playing disc golf on the island park. Hag and Robinson advertised the event on their newly created Facebook page, “Detroit needs a disc golf course on Belle Isle,” and, in Haag’s words, “people just started showing up, saying, ‘If you guys need any help, just let us know.’”
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