Just got a nice cal from Val Hemsley, director of Kalispell Parks and Recs. Lawrence Park has recently been made a little bigger and he has been contacted by a high school teacher interested in rebuilding the course out there. A couple baskets have been purchased and he hopes to be able to raise donations to get more.
But more importantly if you live up here and want to be involved on a committee to work on the course please contact Val Helmsley at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know.
I hope this works out, I had made a new layout years ago with him that kept the course more playable, used more ob lines, and kept it more away from humans in the park. I hope with the new space we can even keep it further away from the soccer fields. Anyway if you want to get involved please contact Val.
Yes, the unbelievable day in the Flathead has come. Tonight I meet with Val of Kalispell Parks and Rec to finalize the new 18 hole layout at Lawrence Park. With the new park addition there will now be 3 water holes, and deep lose your disk type water. The new layout isn't the same old Lawrence Park, I really look forward to playing it. The upper nine will be more of an open park course testing long drives with a few obstacles in each drive. The lower nine will challenge approach and putter disc skills, is a much shorter tighter tree course. Hole 18 will be a classic throwing over about a 200 ft marsh or playing around it, then through some trees on the other side.
I'll post more as we go but really glad the city is pushing to get this done, very exciting times for DG in the Flathead Valley.
Met up with Todd, Val, and Mark tonight and walked the proposed course, I really like it. The course is going to be legit and I can't wait to play it. Posts will be in soon, the park has one basket, plans on getting more. Getting to use some rough area back into the woods along the river makes the back nine an awesome tree course, with the front nine playing as a classic park course with longer holes and 3 new holes with distance, elevation, and a serious disc eating swamp to end it. I've always looked at that course as a bit of a joke, just filled with long open almost pointless holes. With the addition to the park across the street where you enter and the use of the woods at the far end of the park the course won't be a joke. I'm looking forward to having some sort of event later this summer or in fall. It's new a new world at Lawrence Park.
For anyone in the area we are moving forward with the course and I have put online hole sponsorship information here:
Sponshorship is advertising for your business and helps at tax times, do the right thing people!
Great to hear that the park is getting a facelift. Lots of potential with a new course going in one a big population center! Look forward to playing it sometime soon. Maybe a Sunday event after a Hot Springs Saturday in the fall?
I'm hoping we get all our baskets in by fall and then an event. I was curious if the MT Doubles Championships in fall has a location set in stone. Weather is usually nice here in Fall and hopefully the course we be tourney ready by then.
The course is official, they approved the layout and it makes the most of this park. In a few spots we kept thing shorter than they could be just because it is a new course, but don't think we don't have longer pro pads in mind, and the front nine is still long.
We can start putting in the baskets asap, but wait, due to flooding nine of the holes are under about 3 feet of water right now. Once the river receeds and dries out we'll make it an official course.
Tuesday is the big day. The city had to spend what money we've raised so far. Four Discatchers go in on Tuesday and the other 14 holes will be tones left over from Smith Lake. Mark J and I will be out with an auger and concrete all day Tuesday. We also have 4 t-pad signs. I feel once these are in we'll hit the local businesses and show them some pics and see if we can get more holes sponsored.
The new layout I'm not calling epic but for what is at Lawrence Park I think we really take the most advantage of what we can use. For tournaments it will be more fun than just playing on any given day, the front nine is long and in mowed grass, so the opportunity to lay some string and make OB tight for tournaments is fully there.
The flood has receded on the back nine area and this will remain shorter with trees and water hazard. There is also a kiddy part/jungle jim in the lower part of the park that really makes us have to keep a few potential holes really short. Due to the flood the parks and rec dept is thinking of taking it out, plus it is in a dark isolated part of the park, not the best place for kids. So if that comes out 2 or 3 of the really short tree holes can become longer and tighter tree holes.
Regardless we hope within a couple weeks to have a playable course, there will be confusion for a few weeks without signs and t-boxes for a lot of the holes and but all and all I'm believing I'll get in a 7th round this year on a course with baskets!
The front nine is officially in with regards to baskets. We'll be setting up temp tee pads with stakes until the baskets are all in, them come back and pimp out the t-pads. 5 baskets are in concrete and 4 tones in for the front nine. If anyone is around on Thursday evening we'll be re-walking the backnine and marking it again. Youdid can hopefully get out Friday or Monday to make sure we're not blowing up any gas lines, and hopefully by next Thursday we'll have the back nine in.
Front nine has had about 10 rounds on it now, 28 remains the best score, had one bird and two bogeys over nine, as well as Nick Johnson. Windy days will make the front nine tough. Once we have the back nine it will be the opposite, pretty much nine tree holes to get the birds on. The front nine minus a hole or two is damage control golf.
Front nine score is down to 25, Nick Johnson.
Here is a map of the front nine: