The wait is over! Roanoke’s Highland Park is officially home to one of the region’s most challenging disc golf courses. Players will get a workout while traveling over the hill-filled terrain the course is set on, while aiming their discs between trees which provide obstacles on many of the holes. The 9-hole course offers 3180 feet of play, with the longest hole measuring 633ft. The total par is 30. The course is equipped with concrete tee pads and a permanent practice basket. Highland Park is home to the second disc golf course, the first located at Fishburn Park.
The course is a partnership with the City of Roanoke’s Parks and Recreation department and the Highland Park Disc Golf Association (HPDGA). Jim Hosch, who is a founding member of HPDGA, worked closely with city staff to lead the charge of the construction of the course and is very aware of the benefits of his sport to local neighborhoods and community members. His overall vision to provide yet another outdoor amenity that is extremely accessible to a large population due to the proximity to downtown, most certainly has been achieved.
Disc golf offers players of all ages a way to get outside and stay active. “In most cases, the sport requires a lower level of physical exertion which makes it ideal for kids, adults and seniors who wish to get out and enjoy the outdoors,” mentioned Hosch.
Whether you’re looking for a quick game on the back nine or a day of disc golf at the park, Highland Park now offers those in and near the Old Southwest Neighborhood an easily accessible outdoor activity!
For more information on disc golf and rules of play, visit the official Disc Golf Association website. For local information, visit the Highland Park Disc Golf Association’s Facebook page or email them at: HighlandParkDiscGolf@gmail.com
Funding for this course was provided by the City of Roanoke’s Parks and Recreation Department in combination with HPDGA and their sponsorships from local businesses including: Play It Again Sports, River Rock Climbing Gym, Wasena Neighborhood Forum, Roanoke Outside, Backcountry Ski and Sport, Village Grill, Cups Coffee, Pops Ice Cream, Natural Foods Co-op, Jimmy Sardines, Fork in the Alley & Market, Old Southwest, Inc.