New Disc Golf Course Built in Breda
Thanks to the volunteerism of three area college students, and the philanthropic support of many local businesses, the City of Breda now has a 9-hole disc golf course on the north edge of Memorial Park.
Andrew Evans, Calvin McDermott and Tyler Harmening grew up in the area and are disc golf enthusiasts who play the sport regularly.
"I always thought it would be a great idea to have a course in this location in Breda," said McDermott, a Breda native and current sophomore at Iowa State University.
After the trio discussed the possibilities, Harmening and Evans spoke at the June 2017 Breda City Council meeting, requesting permission from the city to build the course on city property. The students also said they would solicit enough donations to make sure all expenses toward the course were covered.
After the council gave them permission to build the course, the students immediately began finalizing a course design and working on a fundraising strategy. Evans, who also attends Iowa State, and Harmening (who attends University of Northern Iowa), both came up with multiple rough drafts of course design options. After narrowing it down to four designs, they began meshing ideas together into a final draft.
"We staked it out and adjusted the course. Some guys from Carroll who play there helped with the final layout as well," said Evans.
As soon as the trio began asking for donations, the response from the business community in Breda was enthusiastic and positive. Generous donations from Breda Savings Bank, Toyne's, Bruning Oil & Breda Feed and Grain, CPS, Tiefenthaler Ag Lime, Barn Owl, MoveIt, Snappy Popcorn, and in-kind labor from the City of Breda enabled the course to be finished less than two months after presenting the idea.
"These kids handled all of the details," said Breda City Clerk Nancy Jansen. "It is amazing!"
While the course is available for use now, the sponsor signs have not been installed yet. The students note that once the signs are up, the course will be easier to follow for beginners.
People wishing to use the course should bring their own discs or frisbees and plan to start by the basketball court in Memorial Park.
Disc golf is much like traditional golf. But instead of a ball and clubs, players use discs (frisbees) that are aimed at an elevated metal basket. A disc is thrown from a tee area and players try to land the disc into the basket in as few throws (strokes) as possible. The sport has exploded in popularity nationally and is becoming common in Carroll County as well.
While some courses are well-known for obstacles, Harmening said, "It will be hard to lose your frisbee here. "