• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Court gives go-ahead for disc golf course

Woodford Fiscal Court voted unanimously Tuesday to set aside 46 acres on the back side of the county park for an 18-hole disc golf course that a supporter said could be one of the top five such courses in Kentucky. Versailles-Woodford County Parks and Recreation Director Rich Pictor called disc golf the fastest-growing recreational sport in the country. His guest, disc golf devotee Kevin Hall, told the court that every county adjacent to Woodford has a course. Pictor said 163 acres would still be available for a farming lease the county is likely to sign in the next month or so. Magistrates Jackie Brown (Dist. 8), Gary Finnell (Dist. 3) and Ken Reed asked about the state of fences presently on the 46 acres, and wondered whether new fencing would be required. Pictor said he believed not. Pictor displayed a large map to illustrate where the course would lie. “The course is actually going to start on this area by the tennis courts, and will actually utilize the back part of the current property, and then it will extend in around the pond and back out, finishing down below the airport/airfield …” Pictor said. Pictor introduced Hall, an avid disc golfer who lives in Woodford County, who’d walked the area with Pictor and course designers. Hall said in the mid 1970s, there were about 500 disc golf courses in the U.S., and now there are more than 3,500. Hall said multi-time world disc golf champion David Greenwell of Louisville was designing the course. “It’s a great sport, it’s good exercise, anybody could do it,” Hall said. Pictor said the course would be free, and players would only need to spend $25 to buy a set of discs. “It would also (have) an economic impact in that we would also be able to host tournaments. … We’ll have three holes that will maybe three of the longest holes in the state of Kentucky, based upon the amount of land we have. We have an opportunity to go over a pond and go by an old spring house … that’s going to make some picturesque tees and tee boxes for people,” Pictor said. “Kevin and others have said it’s got the potential to hold like a Kentucky Open-type thing …” Hall said a Bowling Green course hosts the world’s largest amateur disc golf tournament, with more than 900 competitors bringing in close to $500,000 to the area economy. Pictor said the cost of installing the concrete pads for tees and the baskets to catch the discs would be about $16,000, half of which was budgeted by the county and the other half pledged from McDonald’s owner Joe Graviss. Pole and tee sponsors would be sought, too, he said. Pictor said setting the land aside could also add enough to the park’s grass run/walk course to amount to a 10-K course, and that the University of Kentucky has inquired about hosting a tournament there. The course could be ready by mid-summer and tournament-ready by fall, Pictor said. Earlier, Pictor received a unanimous vote for a motion to begin negotiations with the state and federal government for the possible move of ball fields on 17 acres of land at the park. The move would be necessary if the proposed Northwest Versailles Mobility Corridor becomes a reality. Pictor said the land the ball fields are on now was purchased with the assistance of land and water conservation grant funds, making the negotiations necessary. Snow clean-up aid? Woodford Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler said the county (and the cities of Midway and Versailles) could be eligible for federal aid to help pay for the costs of last week’s snow storms. Chandler said two conditions must be met: the federal government must have a presidential disaster declaration, and the eligible costs must exceed $89,000. New hires Before the regular meeting, a work session was held to discuss the county’s hiring freeze and other related matters. The court voted unanimously to fill the vacant assistant tax administrator position, and 7 to 1 to fill the open road supervisor position. Before the latter vote, Magistrate Gerald Dotson (Dist. 5) explained why he would vote no. Dotson said the county still had to find money to repave and stripe the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center parking lot and repair the clock tower atop the courthouse.

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