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.