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Posted on: December 12, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Nine holes of disc golf now open at Jones Park

You can't wrap it up and put it under the tree... but the Town of Holly Springs has a treat for you, just in time for the holidays. The front nine holes of the disc golf course are open at Jones Park, 405 School Days Lane, off Holly Springs Road behind Holly Springs Elementary School. The course isn't a gift from Santa or the work of elves; it was constructed by volunteers from the Cary Area Disc League and Parks and Recreation Department staff.

Bring your discs and play a quick round. The first tee is located to the left of the synthetic turf disc golf practice green, which is visible from the Jones Park parking lot. Find scorecards in a mailbox near the first tee sign.

"Disc golf is very big, and it's growing by leaps and bounds," said Jim Cannata, facilities maintenance superintendent with the Town Parks and Recreation Department. "To have a course here is huge."

Cannata said the local disc golf community has been awaiting the opening of the course. While the course was under construction, he said he saw disc golfers playing the course using sticks placed in the ground where baskets eventually were installed. He said he's also seen disc golfers on the practice green honing their putting skills daily.

The course is the first to open in Holly Springs. Other nearby disc golf courses includes those located at Harris Lake County Park and Middle Creek School Park. Cannata described the Town's course as unique, technical and challenging with added footage while playing from the pro tees.

One of the holes requires disc golfers to throw from one side of a water feature 333 feet to the other side where the basket is located. Cannata described another hole as being similar to a ski slope with an elevated tee pad much higher than the rest of the 365-foot fairway. Unlike other area courses, the Jones Park course offers tee decks, elevated tee pad platforms constructed from wood and topped with rubber tee mats. Tee pads are used at the United States Disc Golf Championship and are popular with the disc golf community.

Jay Pontier, president of Cary Area Disc League and designer of the Jones Park course, secured Jones Park as one of the locations that will host the Professional Disc Golf Association tournament in the 2015 Powerade State Games. The state games are North Carolina's largest multi-sport festival and one of the largest state games programs in the country.

Future plans for the Jones Park disc golf course include completing amateur tee pads on the front nine holes, erecting benches at every hole location behind the tee pads, installing a kiosk to give an overview of the course, and completing the back nine loop to provide a total of 18 holes.

For more information about the course, call the Hunt Recreation Center at (919) 557-9600.

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