The Freeholder Board will open the County’s first full 18-hole Disc Golf Course in the Camden County Park System’s New Brooklyn Park. A 9-hole Disc Golf Course opened at Timber Creek Park in Gloucester Township last year.
“This Disc Golf Course will not only serve area residents, it take its place with other regional attractions in Camden County,” said Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, liaison to the Camden County Parks Department. “This new passive recreational opportunity will provide children and adults the ability to experience our park system and be out in nature. In short, we believe this course will get people out of their house and into the park, which has a great public health benefit for residents.”
The course makes use of the footprint of a former traditional golf course at New Brooklyn Park, as well as the park’s natural features. This popular green space is located on 758 acres in the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township. It is situated between New Freedom and New Brooklyn Roads. New Brooklyn Lake is part of the Great Egg Harbor River system.
Disc Golf, a sport that has been around since the 1970’s, has grown in popularity to the point where amateur and professional tournaments are held around the country. The oldest Disc Golf Course was installed in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park in 1977.
“This course would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the Camden County Parks Department and the volunteers from South Jersey Disc Golf. Both parties took great care to preserve the natural appeal of the park by bringing in environmental professionals as well as professional disc golf course designers to minimize the impact of the course.” Nash said. “This course will be free to play and open to the public all year round. Come out to New Brooklyn Park and find out why the sport is one of the easiest to learn, most fun to play and growing in popularity every day.”