Many hours of hard work, planning and accumulating of resources have taken place since local resident Michael Mittelstet approached the Borger City Council with a plan of creating a Disc Course here in Borger.
With the blessing and backing of city officials over the last couple of years, Mittlestet, along with family and friends, local business and several employees within the City of Borger, have created one of the best disc golf courses in West Texas that draws players from miles away to come test their skills on the challenging course.
The response to the Borger course has been a pleasant surprise to Annadon Keys, Director of the Johnson Park Youth Center, who said, â€śI have been very impressed in the response the course has received to where there isnâ€™t a day that goes by that we donâ€™t see someone out playing and on the weekends there are usually several groups out here. We have seen people from Amarillo, Canyon, Lubbock and even Colorado come out to play the course with the feedback we receive from them being very positive.â€ť
In talks with Keys, since the opening, players have started to nickname the course â€śSasquatchâ€ť due to the terrain and challenge the course provides to players.
In seeing the positive response the course has received, the Mittelstet family and workers in the city have continued to work on the course in order to make improvements that include bridges, steps, cleared walkways and many hours of mowing and clearing out some of the brush in order to help players to be able to locate where their shots land a little more easier.
In the time and effort dedicated to the project, Keys admitted that there was some concern that the course could have a negative effect on the nature trail the city created a few years back.
However, Keys has seen the course as an enhancement to the trail, saying, â€śIn some ways the course has brought more of an awareness to the trail and with it and the course it provides people a good nature experience where they can see a variety of wildlife. Plus it is free so how can you go wrong with that?â€ť
People in the community have been taking advantage of the course for over a year now. However, over the past month city workers have been busy placing the new markers and signs. This has led the Johnson Park Youth Center to schedule an official ribbon cutting for the course on Saturday, April 23rd just before the start of the Grand Opening Disc Golf Tournament.
The tournament is open to anyone interested in playing that includes two divisions. There is a recreational division for those that are still learning the game or looking for a fun way to test their skills against other players. There is also an open division for better players that want to see how they measure up against better players from around the area.
The tournament will consist of two rounds of 18 holes beginning at 9 a.m. and approximately 1 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m.
The cost to compete in the recreational division is $15 while the open division is $25. This includes a brisket sandwich lunch between rounds and a t-shirt for the first 50 people that pay to enter the tournament.
Those interested in taking part in the tournament can log onto the city website at www.ci.borger.tx.us/johnson-youthcenter.htm to download a form or can go by the Johnson Park Youth Center at 1201 Bulldog Blvd. to register.
Keys and Mittelstet would like to thank several people that have helped in the development of the course including:
Alstar RV Park - Arlie Washer - Donated Material;. Borger Oil Chem - Bill Owen - Donated Material;. Borger Gas Engine & Machine - Mark Mittelstet - Donated Material, Many Hours of Labor; . Edâ€™s Pump House/Edâ€™s Ice Hut - Donated Material; N.B.S. - Jim Head - Donated Material and Loaned Equipment; R & R Sheet Metal - R.E. Haynes - Donated Material; Riddleâ€™s Welding - Bill Riddle - Donated Material; Tommy,Â Brandi, & Family - Mowing, Landscaping, Trash Pickup, & Dead Tree Removal.; Marcus Dobson & Ken Lozer - Donated Material & Labor; Audra Mittelstet - Labor, Disc Golf Course SignÂ Design; Ray Moore - Labor; Casey Sloan - Labor; Bobby Mayfield - Labor; Ross Mittelstet - Labor; Richard Mittelstet - Many Hours of Labor; Daniel Sigala - Labor; Joesph Garcia - Labor; Annadon Keys & Staff- Disc Golf Course Pro-Shop Operator; Park Recreation Staff - Ralph Earles, Gary Winks, Dick Loftis, Martin Crump, & Staff; City Council - Robert Vinyard; Special Thanks to Eddy Edwards & Wanda Klause; The Lord Jesus Christ - Designed the Beautiful Land & Supplied Energy, Motivation, Protection, & Strength to the Projects Completion.