South Suburban residents test out new disc golf course

The free course in Highlands Ranch opened in mid-July

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A new 18-hole disc golf course has opened in Highlands Ranch and residents from all over metro Denver are stopping by to check it out.

“It’s a great sport and a great way to get out and get some exercise,” said George Marion, a Denver resident who uses the course.

The object of disc golf is similar to regular golf — to make it from the tee to the hole in as few attempts as possible, according to a release from the Highlands Ranch Metro District. Only instead of a club and golf ball, players toss a variety of discs.

The West Fork Disc Golf Course, at 9095 S. Broadway, opened July 15. 

“It’s a great social distancing game,” said Lemar Wuerth, another user of the course. “You always meet really cool people when playing.”

The public course, with 18 holes, stretches across about a mile. 

“The project was completed for less than the budgeted amount of $480,000,” according to the release.

South Suburban Parks and Recreation, a partner on the project, contributed $160,000. 

“The baskets look beautiful,” disc golfer Eric Naegele said. “Aesthetically, they did a really good job on (the course.)”

The free course is open daily from 6 a.m. to dusk.

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