Learn about disc golf in Upsala, Aug. 13

As a part of Upsala Heritage Days, the public is invited to experience and learn about disc golf Sunday, Aug. 13.

The session begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Borgstrom Parks Disc Golf grand opening event in Upsala.

Two guest speakers from the St. Cloud area, will be drawing from near lifelong experiences of playing disc golf to help start people’s beginning throws or help them polish their professional drive to each of those metal baskets, or “holes.”

Borgstrom Parks Course designer Tim Mackey, who has designed 55 courses in Minnesota, two in North Dakota, and is an eight-time overall disc golf champion, will be on hand to speak.

Mackey designed this nine-hole course that can be played as an 18-hole course in Upsala Historical Society’s Borgstrom Park woods.

He will explain the game of disc golf, answer questions about leagues, tournaments, rules, regulations and guide people through this wooded, technical course for practice rounds of disc golf.

Ken Wiggins, 25-year owner of Disc Golf Today in Saint Cloud will demonstrate different discs. Each disc has its own driving power, speed, weight and purpose. Wiggins will have discs to display out of his van and for sale at this event. He also has discs to loan for practice that he normally uses for disc golf clinics.

The main reason for this day’s program is to familiarize people with disc golf. Disc golf is a way to get exercise and can be practiced independently or played in groups.

Unlike normal expensive ball golf, disc golf is free to play at many different locations across the country.

People are also welcome to enjoy strolling the nature trails at Borgstrom Park.

People can bring their discs and frisbees to practice on the course.

The program kicks off at 1:30 p.m. with Swanville Boy Scout Troop 33 Flag raising ceremony and a welcome from the Upsala Area Historical Society.

This disc golf course is Eric Staricka’s Eagle Scout project that has involved many community members. Troop 33 will be on hand to help retrieve lost or out of reach discs, and they will also be selling hot dogs, pop and water as a fundraiser.

All ages are welcome to this free event. Children under the age of 13 should be accompanied by an adult guardian. Some chairs will be set out for the program, visitors are asked to bring their own.

For more information, contact Staricka at (320) 630-9306.