By Ryan Costello
As spring gets closer, and the trees begin to bud, there is a relaxing and enjoyable pastime that can be enjoyed by almost anyone. This activity is called Disc Golf. There are many disc golf courses right here in Clinton County.
The name is pretty much explanatory. This game is played like golf. In a basic equipment set up, the player will have three discs, which are a driver, a mid-range, and a putter. Courses are designed to mirror typical golf holes, with water hazards, deep woods, long stretches, tall grasses, and more. One of the only differences is that there are no sand traps, as the player picks up the disc to throw. The object is to make your discs work for you, to get the putter or mid-range into a large basket with chains that captures the disc. Holes are labeled the same, as in golf holes that grade them by pars. (Par 3, 4, etc.)
Believe it or not, there are several courses that are close by in Clinton, and surrounding areas. Eagle Point Park has 18 holes, and is set in the beautiful northwestern area of the park. Millcreek Park in Fulton provides 9 holes. Just a run up Hwy 30 is Lake Malone Park, with 12 holes, and West Brook Park in DeWitt, with 18 holes. There are other places around as well, such as in Folletts, Savannah IL, Sterling, IL, and numerous ones in the Quad Cities.
Disc golf allows players to take it easy and relax, or provide challenge to the enthusiast. Since most of them are centered around woods, bringing a bird journal would not be a bad idea either.