A formal opening for the Wilder Disc Golf Course in South Beach is set for 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 5. Project partners, sponsors, volunteers, friends, and anyone interested in disc golf are invited to attend. The course was built by volunteers, spearheaded by a Ford Family Foundation Leadership Course for Central Lincoln County. Disc Golf is a Frisbee-based, environmentally-friendly, accessible sport that is rapidly gaining popularity world-wide, according to a release from the group. “It is inexpensive, low-impact and can be played by people of all ages,” said volunteer Alma Baxter. “Wilder Disc Golf Course is the only PDGA-approved (Professional Disc Golf Association), 18-hole Disc Golf Course on the Oregon Coast between Coos Bay and Astoria,” she added. There is no admission.
Creation of the disc golf course was chosen from a field of 47 potential community projects to fulfill graduation requirements of the Ford Family Foundation Leadership Course for Central Lincoln County Cohort 2. The Ford Family Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation located in Roseburg, Oregon, focused on benefiting communities in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. Its Leadership program is based on the belief that “vital rural communities develop from a broad base of knowledgeable, skilled and motivated leaders, a diversity of effective organizations, and productive collaborations among organizations,” according to its website. Other partners in the project were Wilder Development (Landwaves, Inc.), the City of Newport and the Lincoln County Foundation. For more information call 503-812-2016, or visit the group’s Facebook page. The graduation ceremony for the Leadership class precedes the ribbon cutting at 3:00 p.m. in the Oregon Coast Community College Community Room. Disclosure: Wavelength founder Alan Searle is a member of the Ford cohort working on this project.