Blowing rain and snow did not deter disc golfers from participating in the grand opening event of the Perkiomen Valley Disc Golf Club on Saturday, Oct. 29. The club is located on the grounds of Perkiomenville Mennonite Church at 1836 Gravel Pike in Perkiomenville.
Despite the very difficult weather conditions, 30 participants showed up to participate in the Ace Race which was sponsored by disc golf equipment maker Disccraft. Club President Scott Roth was very happy with the turnout for the event.
“Other area clubs average about 40 participants when they host an event, “for us to have 30 come out for our first event despite the weather, it was a very good day,” he said.
Jamie Lepley, of Camp Hill, PA was the winner of the Ace Race, and received an equipment pack from Discraft.
As the name suggests, disc golf is similar to regular golf in that players play a course, usually of nine or 18 holes, trying for the lowest score. However, instead of clubs and golf balls, players throw special streamlined Frisbee type discs with a goal of landing them in chain mesh baskets that are designed to catch the discs.
The club was actually started in July after many months of planning by Roth, a pastor at New Eden Fellowship in Schwenksville, and a committee consisting of members of both New Eden and Perkiomenville Mennonite Church. With the help of local businesses that sponsored the construction of all of the first nine holes, the course opened for play on July 11. The course currently consists of the same nine-hole layout with a plan of expanding to 18 holes in 2012.
Roth, and avid disc golfer for many years, says the club will provide great opportunities for everyone from local communities and beyond to enjoy the fast growing sport. “Disk golf is a great sport for everyone. There is no cost to play the course, and the game requires very little start up costs except for the discs themselves, which are very affordable compared to other sports. If people want to join the club, memberships are available for as little as $10 per year. By joining the club, members are entitled to extended playing hours, as well as newsletters and invitations other special events,” he said.
“Disc golf a fun, safe, inexpensive sport that can be enjoyed by everyone from children, teens, and families of all ages to avid disc golfers as well,” he said. “Whether complete beginners, or advanced players, everyone can come out and have a great time at little or no cost. The club also provides a great opportunity for beginners as all of our members are willing to teach, and provide discs for the beginners to use during the teaching. So someone can get a very good introduction to the sport at no cost at all."
Charles Ness, senior pastor at Perkiomenville Mennonite Church, is excited about the club and the opportunities it provides. “The disc golf club gives us a great opportunity to invite the community to come out and enjoy our church grounds. It’s a beautiful area, and the construction of the course was very non-invasive so it had very little impact on the natural beauty of the area. “We want the community to come out and enjoy the property, and the course gives provides a great opportunity for them to do so. It also privides a fun, family activity in disc golf."
While Saturday’s event was the “official” start for the club, Roth said there are big plans for the future. “We will have youth and adult leagues starting in January. We will also have an Ice Bowl tournament which will raise money for The Open Line ministry in Pennsburg. We look to have an ongoing relationship with open line by having tournaments and other fund raising events to benefit them," he said.
For more information on the course or club, including hours and events, Roth can be reached at 267-261-1772. The club also has a website at pvdisc.org and a Facebook page at Perkiomen Valley Disc Golf.