Richardson's Breckinridge Park is about to bring some more outdoor fun to the community this Thanksgiving—and it doesn't involve a turkey trot. The city's parks and recreation department is launching its first-ever 18-hole disc golf course on the holiday, complete with all the bells and whistles of a traditional golf course but with a flying disc at the center of the action. Officials promise an experience that pairs nicely with the leftover stuffing.
In a game of flying discs and baskets posing as holes, disc golf is a lot like its club-and-ball cousin, but here the greens are traversed with the flick of a wrist. The newly minted course offers varying levels of difficulty, with hole lengths ranging from a modest 175 to a daunting 726 feet. "We are very excited to open our first disc golf course," Yvonne Falgout, the city's director of parks and recreation, told the website. "Disc golf is a fast-growing sport, and our residents told us during our master planning process that they wanted a course in Richardson" according to the City of Richardson, Texas.
The park, which is already a popular spot for locals looking to enjoy the great outdoors, will now become the backdrop for amateur putters and experienced disc golf pros alike. A known name in the disc golf world, Eric McCabe of Dynamic Disc Course Design had his expert hands in the course's design, which could be a signal that Richardson might just be eyeing a championship event in the future. After all, this guy's designs have been the playground for the PDGA Amateur and Professional World Championships, if you can believe it.
But don't worry if you've never chucked a disc in your life—the Parks and Recreation Department has plans to schedule instructional clinics because they don't expect everyone to be a pro from day one. They're all about that inclusive, sporty spirit. "In the future, the Parks and Recreation Department plans to schedule instructional clinics for those wishing to learn about the game", per the City of Richardson, Texas.