NEWTON, N.C. (April 7, 2016) – The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce construction will soon begin on the Jacob Fork Disc Golf Course at Jacob Fork Park.
Thanks to generous contributions from local business and individuals—including Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Lee Industries, Carolina Glove, Eric S. Juarez, Geppeto’s Pizza and Dr. Steven Frye—Newton will soon have a top-notch disc golf course.
Disc golf players use a flying disc in lieu of a ball and clubs. The object of the sport is much like traditional golf in that players try to complete each hole with the fewest number of strokes, or in the case of disc golf, the fewest number of throws. Players begin at a tee area and throw until they reach the target for that hole. Each consecutive throw is made from the spot where the previous throw landed until players reach the target. Newton’s course will be designed around trees, shrubs and varied terrain to provide challenging obstacles.
The Jacob Fork Disc Golf Course will encompass about 20 acres of the interior of Jacob Fork Park. The course is designed to serve not only beginners but also players with advanced skills. Once complete, the course will be a championship course that will allow Newton to host disc golf tournaments.
The course will be built in two phases, with nine holes being completed in the first phase and another nine holes in the second phase. The first nine holes are expected to be ready for play in August 2016.
In order to prepare the course site, Newton is asking for volunteers to help clear and remove brush to make paths to the holes. Volunteers with chainsaws, loppers, trimmers and other equipment are needed. Any volunteer less than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers must complete a liability release available here. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.
Jacob Fork Park is located at 3730 N.C. 10 West. The 100-acre park includes a canoe launch, pump track, woodland loop trail, and two softball fields with bleachers, dugouts and a concession building.