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The Carthage Press
  • Disc golf course nears reality

  • The equipment and baskets needed to create a disc golf course in Kellogg Lake Park were supposed to be delivered to the city on Wednesday, meaning city parks crews could be in the park later this week installing them.
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  • The equipment and baskets needed to create a disc golf course in Kellogg Lake Park were supposed to be delivered to the city on Wednesday, meaning city parks crews could be in the park later this week installing them.
    Plans had originally been for a disc golf course to be installed sometime in May, according to Parks and Recreation Director Alan Bull, but delays on the part of the Springfield contractor building the baskets and designing the course pushed the completion back a few weeks.
    “I talked to the guy today and he says he's bringing them down tomorrow afternoon,” Bull told the Carthage City Council on Tuesday. “So maybe Thursday we can start putting some in the ground and get that thing going for all of you who are waiting on that.”
    Bull said he's been receiving calls from people asking when the course will be installed.
    The city approved a $4,680 bid from Russell Burns, a disc golf course designer from Springfield, to build the metal baskets and posts and design the course to be installed in the park between Spring River and Kellogg Lake.
    Plans are for 12 baskets, or holes, to be installed now, with an option to expand to 18 holes later.
    An 18-hole course, which is normal on most courses, would have cost $6,840, which was more than the $6,000 the city budgeted for the project.
    The city will buy the concrete to set the posts and install the posts with city parks workers.
    Burns told the city there is plenty of room at Kellogg Lake Park for an 18-hole course.
    The Joplin Disc Golf Club, which hosts disc golf opens and tournaments around the area, has expressed an interest in using a course in Carthage for competitions and to supplement their major event, the Four-State Open, which attracted 180 entrants last year.

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