Disc golf course goes in at Bullard Park in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 May 2023 at 12:18 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Dylan Coyle of Albion tosses a frisbee at a basket at Bullard Park this morning. The village Department of Public Works put in several of the baskets today as part of a nine-hole disc golf course.

Coyle has been pushing for a disc golf course in Albion for several years. He lives right around the corner from Bullard.

Coyle is up close and tries a frisbee that functions like a putter for short-range tosses. Coyle also has frisbees for mid-range distances and then a driver for long throws.

The new baskets are funded with a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. The Orleans County YMCA received the grant is spearheading nine-hole courses at Bullard and also at Gulf Street Park in Medina.

The grant covers tee boxes, signs and baskets that are mounted in small concrete foundations – 8 inches wide by 20 inches deep.

Coyle said he plays at courses around the region, including one at Lakeside Beach State Park. He said the sport is fairly inexpensive with the specialized frisbees available for $20 or less.

“There are no green’s fees,” he said. “It’s a great activity to get out into nature and have fun with your friends.”

Village of Albion Department of Public Workers employees put in one of the baskets for the disc golf course. From right to left include Charlie Ricci, Scott Bradshaw (in orange shirt), Shawn Stephens and Jeff Arnett (in backhoe).

The DPW expects to finish putting in all nine baskets on Wednesday.

One of the signature holes for the course has the basket nestled back in the woods along the bank of Sandy Creek.

The creek passes by this hole. One of the hardest holes has a tee-box from the top of the sledding hill.