Disc golf comes to Gladstone's Kraxberger Middle School
Families looking for outdoor fun will find it around the perimeter of the Kraxberger Middle School grounds, where a new nine-hole disc golf course was installed this summer. The course will be used for middle school and high school physical education classes. It is open to the public on weekends and after 3:15 p.m. on school days.
The project, started in 2019, was launched by Kraxberger P.E./Wellness teachers Alicia Wilks and Glenn Hopkins as a way to expand the P.E. curriculum.
"We were looking for a new activity that would appeal to kids who don't love PE or team sports," Hopkins said. "At the same time, we wanted to create something our whole community could enjoy."
Disc golf, sometimes known as Frisbee golf, is a sport popular around the world. Players work their way around the course by throwing a flying disc from a tee box toward a basket. Scoring is similar to golf, with the winner being the person with the fewest throws. To play the game, each player needs at least one flying disc, though fans of the game often start with a set of three discs, including a driver, a midway and a putter.
Jerry Miller, owner of Disc Golf Depot, guided the teachers through course design, helping to improve flow. Ryan Johnson, the school district's director of facilites, led his crew to install the baskets, and they are next planning installation of the tee boxes. The nine-hole course begins behind the Kraxberger cafeteria, moving toward the baseball fields and ending in the trees in front of the school.
Project funding was provided by a grant from the Gladstone Education Foundation and donations from Black Rock Coffee, Beynon Sports/Field Turf, Big 5 Sports, the Kraxberger Gearheads and Jim Kuehn. Signs for each hole will be created by technology students at Gladstone High School.
"While still a work in progress, the new course is already very popular and has been in regular use by students and other community members this summer," Wilks said. "We hope more people will come and give it a try."
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