Council Grove Lake isn’t the only relaxing destination in the small town of Council Grove, as a new disc golf course has made its way into the area. Located in the eastern part of Kansas, Council Grove has a population of just over 2,000 people, yet contains an active disc golf community who was eager to expand their local course selection.
We chatted with Gary Kepley, a member of the US Army Corps of Engineers, whose group was instrumental in partnering with Dynamic Discs and the local disc golf club to get a new course installed.
A Multi-Group Effort
Installing the course at Kanza View was a team effort in many ways, as the initial push for a local course was fueled by the Council Grove Disc Golf Club. Chartered in late 2015 with 5 members, it’s now grown to over 20 individuals who were all looking for a new course in the area. Gary explains: “As a club, we saw Kanza View as an under-utilized park that had plenty of room for a great course and decided to pursue it further.”
This lead to a meeting with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) who worked with them to understand the layout of the property and go through the proper channels to receive permission for installation. The club suggested reaching out the Eric McCabe and finding out what a professionally designed course would entail, and eventually, the three parties met to review the specifics.
Why Kanza View Is So Special
If you live in an urban area, you’re probably lucky to have a variety of courses to choose from. But imagine living in the small town of Council Grove and not having a single professionally designed course! Kanza View has now filled that void, and Kepley knows that it’s a true gem: “It offers a challenge for both beginning players and seasoned veterans of the sport.”
Another benefit of this new addition to the community? “Since the CGDGC was charted in 2015, disc golf has become much more popular in the area. We’ve had people around the community tell us they had never even heard of disc golf until we started having a weekly league and holding events,” says Gary.
And that’s really the point right? At the end of the day we’d all love to have a course designed by McCabe right in our own backyard, but furthering the reach of disc golf and growing the sport is what it’s all about. The town of Council Grove will also benefit as a whole, with Gary noting this important shift in the community: “With the addition of the Kanza View disc golf course we are now able to hold larger events that will, in turn, draw more people to the area. The course has already been very popular with locals as well as people from out of town and from other states.”
Is Your Town Too Small For An EMAC Course?
Nope. As long as there’s a desire to have a unique and challenging course that suits the needs of all players, we’d love to work with you. To find out more about how to work with Eric and the DD team, send us an email.