Eagle Scout plans Frisbee golf course for Village Park

July 23, 2013

A Frisbee golf course could spin into Village Park in Elm Grove, thanks to a local Eagle Scout project and a vote from the Village Board on Tuesday.

Ben Zellmer, a 17-year-old from Troop 117 of Christ King Parish, had first introduced the idea of a nine-hole flying disc golf course for the park in fall, but changed those plans to a four-hole course to better fit the park.

Ben and his father, Chris Zellmer, returned in front of the Recreation Committee on July 18 with a specific plan and details for the course.

A student at Marquette High School, Ben said he got the idea from playing the game with friends at a New Berlin course.

"I was looking for a project and I thought, 'This could work,'" he said.

Frisbee or disc golf requires players to throw a disc into basket-like targets on a course in the fewest number of throws. There are courses around the Milwaukee area, including Wil-O-Way's wheelchair-accessible course in Wauwatosa, and a 27-hole course at Dretzka Park in Milwaukee.

Ben explained that the course would be on the north side of the sledding hill, starting west of the hill and curving along the path. Three of the holes would be handicapped-accessible and a bonus hole would be on the side of the hill.

The Recreating Committee approved Ben's plans with a 5-1 vote.

Although Ben explained that there would be no blind throws and that the hole lengths are short, committee member Richard Hinchcliffe, who voted against the proposal, said he was concerned about the safety of passing pedestrians.

"I have nothing against the Scouts, but I have concerns about safety with discs flying where people walk," Hinchcliffe said.

Ben said safety was a high priority and the course wouldn't put anyone in harm's way.

"There is 50 yards of visibility and the possibility of a stray disc going far is minimal," he said.

Ben plans to raise the $1,000 needed for the course and said he and his friends and members of the troop would install the baskets in early fall.

The Village Board did not need to vote on the item at its Tuesday meeting, so Zellmer can continue with his plans.

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