Weber State makes plans for disc golf course on campus

Saturday , July 01, 2017 - 6:00 AM

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Weber State University is planning to build a disc golf course this summer.

Located west of the Dee Events Center, the course will have nine holes. 

Jacob Serio, a technician for Weber State’s preventative maintenance department, has been playing disc golf for about four years but really started trying to foster the idea of building one at the college about two years ago.

“It caters to such a large demographic,” he said. “It’s inexpensive to get into, and everybody young and old can get into it.”

Campus Recreation Director Teri Bladen said in an email her department will pay to build the course and has set aside about $6,000 to do so.

Serio designed the course with safety in mind, as it will be located near Harrison Boulevard. He also wanted to challenge players, so he incorporated much of the foliage in the area into course obstacles.

“Every hole presents its own little set of challenges,” he said. 

The course is going to be built over the course of the summer and completed before the fall semester begins in August.

Bladen said the university’s facilities department will build and maintain the course but that it’s open to the Weber State and Ogden communities at large. Players can use their own discs or, in the future, rent them through the Campus Recreation Outdoor Program Rental Center.

In an effort to show his bosses how much a disc golf course would be used by the community, Serio started a Go Fund Me page and raised $360 toward building it. He said he’s still planning on putting that money toward the course’s construction.

Bladen said the course’s announcement on Weber State’s Facebook page garnered about 500 reactions, more than 100 shares and 130 comments in four days.

“At Campus Recreation, our goal is to create opportunities that inspire engagement in healthy, active lifestyles,” Bladen said. “A disc golf course will be an excellent addition to WSU's overall efforts to help the health and well-being of the campus community.”

Contact education reporter Anna Burleson at aburleson@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnagatorB or like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/BurlesonReports.

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