Disc Golf: A Rising Sport at CWHS
Disc golf might just be one of the fastest-growing recreational activities in the country. Happily, the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser community has a pretty well-respected disc-golf course right in our own back yard—and great playing weather just happens to be right around the corner!
Disc golf is very much like a combination of the two activities that make up its name: golf and Frisbee. However, instead of using golf clubs and golf balls to aim for a hole, you use golf discs (much like frisbees) and aim for a disc pole hole—a pole extending up from the ground with chains and a basket where the disc lands. Much like golf, the object of the game is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws. Even better, it requires no pre-set tee times or fees to play!
For six years now, the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Area School District students, staff and friends have worked to build CW’s Bulldog Disc Golf Course, which is set mostly in the school forest near the cross country trail behind CWHS/MS. Over those years, there have been more than 300 students working on the course—landscaping, digging, trimming, raking and just generally cleaning up the land. Each spring during the annual CW Give Back Day, students are often out on the course working to spruce it up.
The Bulldog Golf Course began as just a nine-hole course, but over the last couple of years it has developed into a full 18-hole course. Since its inception, hundreds of people from the school, community and even international disc golf players have played on the course—this according to Chetek resident James Kane, a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association who has been instrumental in designing the course. He, along with CWHS/MS physical education teacher Ryan Robarge, has worked with physical education classes and summer school students to teach students the life-long recreational sport of disc golf.
"Disc golf has been a meaningful addition to the physical education curriculum and students are learning to develop an appreciation for this outdoor physical activity,” notes CWHS/MS teacher Ryan Robarge. “Students love the opportunity to be outdoors and take advantage of the wonderful school property. Plus the game the game involves an endless variety of throwing techniques, game strategy, and etiquette which makes it an excellent learning opportunity for students.”
Robarge also reminds individuals that along with students, the community is welcome to use the 18-hole course, adding that during the spring, summer, and fall months there are often times several people around the community using the course at CWHS/MS.
Once again this spring, students from CWHS/MS will be working on maintaining and improving the Bulldog Disc Golf Course during Give Back Day 2017 in May, with the hopes that students, community members and those who are simply disc-golf enthusiasts can continue to enjoy the sport for years to come.