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Disc Golf Course Coming to Gloucester Twp.

Camden County recently approved a plan to put the 18-hole course in Timber Creek Park.

Camden County freeholders recently approved a contract for the design and construction of an 18-hole disc golf course at Timber Creek Park, in the township's Blackwood section.

The Freeholder Board approved a $18,074 contract with Huntington Valley, PA-based Terra Firma Media Group LLC for the design and installation of the disc golf course at its July 19 meeting, held in Collingswood. 

The 18-hole course is expected to be ready for play in the fall, according to county officials.

“The idea for a disc golf course at Timber Creek Park came from Gloucester Township residents that currently travel outside Camden County to enjoy the sport,” said Freeholder Rodney Greco, who is also a Gloucester Township resident. “Timber Creek Park is the perfect location for Camden County’s first disc golf course because of its natural setting and layout.”

Count Gloucester Township recreation supervisor Bill Fagan among those residents counting down the days till the course opens this fall.

"I'm just really excited about it," he said. "I really enjoy getting out there and walking and throwing the discs around."

Fagan began playing disc golf about a year ago after a back injury limited his ability to participate in other sports. Up to this point, his only area options were to go to Philadelphia's Fairmount Park—home to the country's first disc golf course—Voorhees' Stafford Woods and two parks in Vineland.

Disc golf, a sport that has been around since the 1970s, has grown in popularity to the point where amateur and professional tournaments are held across the country.

The game features individual players who toss discs at targets. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, disc golf shares with traditional golf the objective of completing each hole in the fewest number of throws.

“The disc golf course will not only serve area residents, it (will) take its place with other regional attractions in Camden County,” Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, liaison to the Camden County Parks Department, said. “Camden County will have the opportunity to host disc golf tournaments bringing competitors to our area and local businesses.”

Timber Creek Park was acquired through open space funding in 2003. The 60-acre park, located at Chews Landing Road and Taylor Avenue, was created with environmentally sustainable design in mind to respect to the pristine conditions of the property and the desires of the people who utilize this park on a daily basis.

Timber Creek Park is a dog-friendly park.

Dave Myers August 07, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Julia, The water fountain at the pavillion is now working. Enjoy quenching your thirst.
Dave Myers August 07, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Fred, if you're serious about learning the game, I believe there will be a clinic during the grand opening ceremony. Additionally, there will be a need for some type of league also, maybe a handicap league simalar to ball golf handicapping so all levels of abilities can compete on a more equal basis.
Fred Weber August 07, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Wow Dave. I haven't read the comments. I thought there was a war going on about the disc course. But I hope that everything goes through. I have played golf in my younger days and basically know the rules of golf. BUT I would love to go to a training session to make sure I know the rules of disc golf. I am disabled and I don't get out of the house too much. I would hope to get to play a lot. And I hope that the seniors can play at times when we wouldn't get run over by the younger people playing. I like that people of equal strength can play with each other. Also I live in Valleybrook and get the gumption, I can walk to the park unless it is too hot. i sometimes don't do well in the heat. :D Thanks for posting to me. Fred :)))
Dave Myers August 07, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Fred, I look forward to meeting you in the park soon to explain the rules (basically the same as ball golf) and giving you a few pointers on throwing techniques. If you would like to do a little internet research on your own try this link: http://www,pdga.com. It's the Professional Disc Golf Association which is the governing body for the sport. It will explain the rules in depth and give you all you could possibly want for information. Don't be discouraged by the word 'professional' as it governs all amateur players as well.
Dave Myers August 07, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Additionally, If you have any grand children or youngsters in your life, try taking them to the 'Movies in the Park' this Thursday night at the park next to the Gloucester Township police station. we will have a portable disc golf target on display for kids (and adults) to take a few putts on before the movie.
Fred Weber August 07, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Dave, are you a twp employee? Is this part of the rec dept? Just asking. No big deal. I will also look at that website. Are you in the park during the day? Thx Fred :)))
Fred Weber August 07, 2012 at 05:56 PM
No children or grandchildren here. I went to watch a movie one time and a lot of the kids were just being unruly and no one did anything about it so I just left. I have hearing lose and if I can't hear the movie, it just isn't a movie. :D lol
JOAN FAGAN August 07, 2012 at 06:01 PM
It's a little late to want to keep the Park as a nature reserve. That ship sailed when the County, after much resident input, chose to make the land into walking trails. I use the trails along with my grandchildren. We have observed turtles laying eggs and are still trying to indentify the species of flat shelled turtles in the bog. We have enjoyed identifing the foliage, birds and insects. They especially like marking the trails to find their way back. We have unsucessfully attempted to master the boomerang in the open space. For me it's the perfect place to take the grandkids to commune with nature and yet be in a safe enviroment. It's been a wonderful experience for us and gets the kids out into the fresh air.
JOAN FAGAN August 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I actually live there and that turn has been difficult for 30 years. It might be wishful thinking but I hope those Condos don't materialize.
Dave Myers August 08, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Sorry Fred I typed a bogus link to the PDGA, here is the correct one: http://www.pdga.com. I do not work for the township but they are backing this endeavor as it will bring people outside to excercise, enjoy the outdoors and to give a new recreational activity a whirl.
Dave Myers August 08, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Not sure if anything is listed on the township site about disc golf yet but I'm sure there will be after the course is underway.
Brad E August 10, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Cherry Hill resident with a sister who lives in Blackwood chiming in here. We currently use the dog park at Timber Creek and really love the park. It is a beautiful piece of land that should be kept clean and natural. For that reason I am truly excited to see this course being installed. I'll explain my reasoning for those that are just learning about this great sport. Disc Golf carries many official rules for play. There are also many unofficial rules and etiquettes that golfers almost always follow. One of them is know as "carry in/carry out" and general litter clean up. If a disc golfer sees a piece of trash in the woods they will pick it up and place it in a proper waste location. They do that because just like you disc golfers have a true appreciation for nature and it's beauty. A properly designed disc golf course will have a very low impact on the surround area. Please take a look at the photos of the new course at Stafford Farm located here: http://www.dgcoursereview.com/media.php?id=5583&mode=media# You will notice that the land is almost untouched and in fact it is much cleaner than before the course was put in. Disc golfers will work to make Timber Creek a cleaner and more environmentally healthy park than it currently is.
Brad E August 10, 2012 at 04:28 AM
I understand that this is a foreign sport to many of you and with the unknown comes some reservations. You can think of disc golf as hiking with a little extra cardio. You will not notice anything different with township residents using the course then you would if they were just hiking, except maybe the trash from other people in their hands as they take it to a trash can. I encourage you all to check out the course when it opens. Stop a golfer and ask what the sport is all about. Tag along for a few holes to get a feel for how this sport will positively affect Timber Creek. Dave Myers has done an excellent job representing the sport here and I can assure you that everything he says is accurate. Videos you see may be of professionals, but absolutely anyone at any age can enjoy this low impact, environmentally friendly, healthy sport.
Brad E August 10, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I also would like to share this video I found that really helps to show the spirit of the sport. A few key things to notice: -Both younger and older players enjoying the game alongside each other. -Very little impact to the natural land. There is almost nothing different than before the course was installed. -Around 3:50 he explains some of the benefits to the community http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zGz8811HTb8 Enjoy!
Fred Weber August 11, 2012 at 12:23 AM
That is OK. It was picked up by my encryption actually. I have been reading a lot. I understand the game, i am just worried about the ups & downs of the course as I walk with a cane but can get around. :) I just hope it will be a great course.
Fred Weber August 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I have heard that about disc golf players. PLUS, the take in/take out rule is outstanding. That helps keep it clean without someone having to go out and do too much cleaning up.
Rob Carothers August 21, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Disc Golf is an AWESOME, up and coming sport. I lived in Florida for many years and there are many, many courses there. I have to say, as I have seen in many posts, those who play disc golf are usually very mindful of the environment and of their park. It have very little impact on the beauty of the park and it will bring a lot of people in the community together to play a wonderful sport and get people outdoors to excercise. Recently a 9-hole course opened up in Vorhees. Its called Stafford Woods Disc Golf Course. I checked it out yesterday and I was stoked that there is finally a course nearby. I have been playing disc golf for years and I am very excited to see another course coming to the area. Thank you GT!!!
Dave Myers August 27, 2012 at 04:46 PM
here is an informative video on the sport of disc golf. Pay attention to Dave Feldbergs comments towards the end of the video, very inspiring. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc4bleBmk5Q
julia donahue August 27, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Sorry for the lapse in commenting....however, just wanted to say that the Head of County Parks (Frank Moran) contacted me and was willing to meet personally and explain the placement of the course etc. Very nice gesture! Since the outcome would be the same, I politely declined the offer. Would have been nice for taxpayers to have a say whether YES or NO...can't wait to get the cast off my foot and see the golfers in action...happy disc-ing !
Dave Myers August 28, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Julia, that was a very nice gesture on Franks part and very professional to say the least. Hopefully, you will not only watch the golfers in action, I'm hoping you will participate along with them. Have you ever thrown a frisbee before? Throwing a golf disc is basically the same motion with added 'umph' ( sorry, that's my Minnesotian accent coming out). You may surprise yourself and enjoy it. Being a yoga guru you may be a natural putter. One of the putting technique's is similar to a yoga pose where you balance on one foot with an outstretched arm propelling the disc towards the target.
julia donahue August 28, 2012 at 08:49 AM
Dave,completely agree. Frank said that his position was a relatively new one, and I wish him the best! He also told me the fountain was working--so all in all, good things prevail at the park. Yoga balancing poses are the most challenging part of yoga (for me) so this may just help me out! Also, if my son wishes to play, does he need to buy equipment of will it be available at the park?
Dave Myers August 29, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Julia, when the course celebrates it's grand opening (hopefully sometime in October) there should be discs for sale. For commemorative purposes, the county has purchased 100 golf discs with the county logo printed on the disc. Some sporting good stores may sell golf discs and I'm assuming after the course gets underway more stock will be available locally. I have a closet full of golf discs that I would be willing to give you & your son a few to help you get started, since you are the one that actually helped me (in an unknowingly manner) educate people about this great recreational pastime.
julia donahue August 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM
thanks Dave, my son and his friends might be interested (after soccer season ends in early Nov.) It has been fun having civil commentary on this posting site....that is NOT usually the case with GTPatch commmentary...I probably am more open to this idea, but in my heart wish it had been placed in a different local location...enjoy!
Dave Myers August 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM
That's fantastic Julia. I'm more then certain your son & his friends are going to enjoy the sport (so will you, I know you are going to sneak out there & give it a try also). Another great benefit of disc golf is the low start up costs. There really is no special equipment needed for purchase when starting out, 2 or 3 discs is all one needs which should be no more then $40 (that's towards the top end). It'll get him out of the house, off the video games and computer, away from the TV for some much needed excercise and fresh air. Off to the park for my morning bike ride. Let me know when I can get those discs to you & your son. Maybe your son & friends could meet me at the park someday and I'll pass them on or you can just wait for the grand opening.
Ginny F. October 01, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Update - after seeing first hand what they are doing to an OPEN SPACE, I suggest anyone who has an interest in preserving it and who has a Facebook account, please look up Save Timber Creek Park and "like" it. There are several options listed for those of us who care about keeping the park the way it was intended.
Linda October 07, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Julia...I have lived here for over 50 years and I am disturbed that the taxpayers are funding this but had no say in it's development. A few people have been very rude about how this will not ruin the space, but we all know it will. There is not enough parking, the traffic is horrendous now, wildlife is struggling to survive there... Deer are going into the neighborhoods all along the creek. I can go on and on... Soon people will be complaining about wildlife encroaching on their properties and then a cull will be called for... I've been told that I am ignorant for wanting to try to preserve this "open space". It is very sad how inhumane humanity really is. I am sure they will be "pouncing" on me as soon as I submit this. They are "right" and everyone else is wrong. By the way, I suppose the Disc Golf course in Cherry Hill is insufficient?
Linda October 07, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Thank you Ginny!
Jan Pijpelink October 08, 2012 at 08:37 PM
This park is supposed to be "Preserved Forever" as the sign at the entrance states. Too many developments. County residents finally agreed to the dog park and the amphi theater, but the County promised us it would be not more that that. What will be next, Burger King on the parking lot?
Fred Weber October 08, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Has the course opened yet? Thx Fred Weber
Dave Myers October 10, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Burger King in the parking lot!? Would make for another disgruntled member of the community as 'Vinnies Mad Dog' would be ticked. In all seriousness, this is all turned into a huge finger pointing contest on both ends and created reactions from both sides of the spectrum, for and against. This is all typical reactions of humans when under stress /scrutiny. In reality, the money has already been spent for this activity to take place within the park. Instead of reacting to the situations, we should be proactive and work together to make this park even more beautiful then it is today. It'll take time (it doesn't happen overnight), but we can do it if we work together as a community. Let's do this!

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