Installing Baskets

Union Parks and Recreation Department crews installed some of the disc golf course baskets at Autumn Hill Park. Pictured are the proactive baskets at the “top” of the park. There have been 12 baskets built to be installed at the park.  

Park officials said the new disc golf course is expected to be complete midsummer, but a portion already can be used now.

Union Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Arand said there are now four baskets installed in the course located at Autumn Hill Park. There also is a practice basket.

According to Arand, park staff are working on other projects, including preparing sports fields for youth seasons, and getting facilities ready for the spring.

“We have so much going on. There is a lot of things happening,” he said. “Hopefully they will be done by midsummer.”

Arand noted that there still is clearing of paths in the course to be completed, but the baskets that are in place can be used. Crews also have built a bridge across a creek at the park that will be part of the course.

Disc golf is an individual sport in which players throw a flying disc, similar to a Frisbee, into a basket or at a target, or basket. The object of the game is to complete the course using the fewest number of throws.

Arand said there would not be changes at the park, other than the addition of the disc baskets. The park was donated to the city under the condition that it stay a wooded area.

He added that the majority of the cost to install a disc golf course is the baskets. Parks crews built baskets for $75, that is compared to $530 that it would have cost to purchase similar baskets.

Arand added that the baskets will require little work to install.

A disc golf course has been discussed in the past, and is listed on the city’s “wish list.” The list was developed following surveys of Union residents.

Initially, players will have to provide their own equipment, but eventually the parks department will have discs available to use, Arand said.

Course History

There were talks in 2007 to install an 18-hole disc golf course at the Autumn Hill Park at the cost of $8,000-$9,000. Those plans never came to fruition.

In 2010, a St. Louis Disc Golf Association representative contacted city officials stating he had been asked to develop plans for a course before earlier plans fell through. He told park board members that the course would cost about $15,000 to build at the same location.