A 12-hole disc golf course at Kellogg Lake Park in Carthage moved one step closer to reality on Monday when the City Council's Public Services Committee unanimously approved a bid on the course.
The committee voted 3-0, with committee Chairman Steve Leibbrand absent, to approve a $4,680 bid from Russell Burns, a disc golf course designer from Springfield, to provide the baskets and course design.
The full council will act on the committee's recommendation at its next regular meeting on Tuesday, March 12.
Alan Bull said he sent invitations to bid to Burns and other companies he found on the Internet, but only Burns responded.
Burns provided three options for the committee to consider;
• Nine baskets for $3,600.
• 12 baskets for $4,680.
• 18 baskets for $6,840.
City Administrator Tom Short said the city budgeted $6,000 for the project so the 12-hole option, at $4,680 would best fit the budget, leaving enough money for concrete and material to build concrete pads at each hole, known as tee boxes, for disc golfers to launch their first throws.
Bull said he had originally been planning for a nine-hole course at the park, but Burns and others said there is plenty of room at Kellogg Lake Park for 18 holes.
Bull said the disc golfers he's talked to told him 12 holes is a good compromise between nine and 18 holes at most other courses. He said people could still get in 36 rounds with three laps around the course.
Andrew Jinks, president of the Joplin Disc Golf Club, said his group is excited to see Carthage moving forward on a course and hopes to work with the city to host events.
"It will definitely mean a lot to our club and allow us to do bigger and better things, as a region, as we promote the sport," Jinks told The Carthage Press by telephone on Tuesday.
Jinks said a course in Kellogg Lake could be a good compliment to the course in Joplin at McClelland Park.
Jinks said the club hosts a big event, known as the Four-State Open, at McClelland Park each year, and had 180 entrants last year. The event had gotten as big as McClelland Park could handle.
Jinks said if Carthage builds installs 12 baskets, he can bring six portable baskets and still use Kellogg Lake for events that require 18 holes.
"We're using the course in Neosho at Morse Park this year and that's allowing us to grow to 270 participants," Jinks said. "If we could use a course in Carthage, even a short course, we could attract more people."