Disc golf plans move forward


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Everett Lasley, right, addressed the Leitchfield Tourism Commission on Tuesday morning, March 22 regarding the construction of a local disc golf course.


The plans for a Leitchfield disc golf course continue to move forward as course designer Everett Lasley addressed the Leitchfield Tourism Commission on Tuesday morning regarding his vision for the project.

Lasley addressed the Tourism Commission during its regular Tuesday, March 22 meeting and presented informational packets on the sport of disc golf and what it can bring to a community.

Lasley said Leitchfield’s James D. Beville Park is “a beautiful piece of property,” in which a very good disc golf course can be built.

A professional disc golfer since the year 2000, Lasley has offered to design the Leitchfield course for free.

“I grew up in that park…that’s why I didn’t want to make any money off of it,” said Lasley, who added he has already envisioned an 18-hole course, on which tournaments and competitions could be played.

Lasley said two reasons for disc golf’s popularity are that it can be played by people of all ages and all year long.

“When there’s a foot of snow, you’ll have a dozen people playing,” he said.

Additionally, Lasley said he serves as a distributor for discs and can get them, as well as disc golf baskets, at a discounted rate and recommended that Leitchfield Tourism buy and sell discs and other merchandise for additional profit.

“The sky’s the limit,” said Ryan Bratcher, of the Tourism Commission.

The tentative plan is to construct the first nine holes, and then add the back nine holes after completion of the American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park and Leitchfield Ball Park Complex.

For the next step in the process, Lasley will specify on a map where he intends to design the course for the Leitchfield City Council’s review and approval. He has also offered to lead city officials around the park to show them, in person, his plans for the course.

After Lasley’s presentation, the Tourism Commission voted to reimburse him for his mileage to and from Leitchfield while working on the course.

The construction of nine disc golf holes is estimated to cost around $5,100. An exact timetable for the Leitchfield disc golf course’s completion has not yet been determined.

In other business:

*Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson said Leitchfield Tourism will continue accepting grant applications through the month of April.

*The Tourism Commission voted to permit Robin Atkins to assist Johnson with coordinating vendors for this year’s Freedom and Fiddling Festival.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Everett Lasley, right, addressed the Leitchfield Tourism Commission on Tuesday morning, March 22 regarding the construction of a local disc golf course.

http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Lasley-at-Tourism-Commission-1.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Everett Lasley, right, addressed the Leitchfield Tourism Commission on Tuesday morning, March 22 regarding the construction of a local disc golf course.

By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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