New disc golf course on campus is complete

Friday, September 7, 2007

New and improved, the nine-hole disc golf course on Corban’s scenic hillside campus is ready for play and open to the public daily until sunset.

With the first tee is located at the Jeffers Sports Center parking area, golfers will find play rules, maps, and score cards helpful for veterans and newcomers alike.

The course was designed in 2000 but construction projects later eliminated several fairways.  During the summer the course was relocated and updated by College personnel.

“It is a challenging and beautiful course for Salem,” says Steve Hunt, vice president for marketing.  “The natural terrain of our campus allowed us to include hills; ravines with water features; short, forested fairways; and long, open fairways.  It makes it not only a challenging golf experience, but an invigorating and beautiful one as well.”

Disc golf is similar to traditional golf, except it is played with a professional disc or Frisbee® instead of a ball and clubs, and there is generally no fee to play.  A golf disc is thrown from the tee area across a fairway towards a chain basket, striving to finish with the fewest number of throws.  A nine-hole course typically takes one or two hours to complete, and it can be done individually or with multiple players. 

More and more people are recognizing the health benefits of disc golf, which include aerobic exercise, upper and lower body conditioning, and the development of physical and mental abilities, all with very little risk of physical injury.  Plus, it can be played year-round, in rain or snow!

The Professional Disc Golf Association says “the ideal course combines wooded and open terrains, and a variety of topographical change.”  With its Douglas firs, hills, and grassy areas, the Corban course fits that description to a tee.  It’s one of two in the Salem area currently registered with the PDGA online directory besides eleven other courses within a 30-mile radius.

  • Student Martin Phillips on the 6th hole fairway.

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