Looking to take up the exhilarating sport known as disc golf? Or are you already a seasoned pro? In either case, George Ward Park in downtown Birmingham is the perfect place to spend a fall afternoon. Tom Monroe, the course pro and a multi-world disc golf champion, calls George Ward Park Birmingham’s best kept recreational secret.
The course is direct evidence of the passion alive in disc golf professionals—all the equipment was bought and paid for by local golfers who take pride in the immaculate course. The greens are always in great condition, which makes it easy to get from hole to hole.
At each hole, disc golfers will find a bench to rest on, a tee sign with hole information and a cement pad for the first drive. Each hole also has three pin positions and two baskets, which vary in difficulty.
The multiple baskets allow beginners and intermediate players to learn by practicing, while the further baskets give experienced players more of a challenge. The closer the basket, the easier the hole.
And if you ever need any tips, you can usually find Monroe in the parking lot. His passion for the sport is contagious: “If you haven’t played, come try!”
Because the first nine holes are on one side of the parking lot and the back nine are on the other, golfers have a chance to rest or grab a quick drink between the two halves of the courses. “It’s the most user-friendly course in the area,” Monroe said.
So, even if you’ve never played disc golf before, give George Ward a try.
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By Abby Colella