EDMOND — The first two baskets and tee boxes of the city's 18-hole disc golf course are being moved because of construction on the $22.5 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center.
Work has started on the two temporary baskets at the Tye F. Cunningham Memorial Disc Golf Course and is expected to be completed within a month, said Earl London, interim Edmond Parks and Recreation director.
“They were in the way of the security fence,” London said. “They are being moved to the south toward the pond.”
J.L. Mitch Park, 1501 W Covell Road, is the home of Edmond's disc golf course.
“This has caused a problem for some of the die-hard players,” said Diane Self, parks and recreation program director. “There is always a group out there. It is very popular.”
Cunningham, who died in 2004 at age 29, was an avid fan of the sport and worked with Edmond officials to build Edmond's disc golf course.
“It was his idea, and he designed it,” London said. “This is one of those private/public deals. It was his labor and his expertise.”
A tournament named in Cunningham's honor is held each year, and about 100 players compete.
Cunningham graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 1993 and played on the Edmond golf team. He later became interested in disc golf.
Disc golf, once known as “Frisbee” golf, began around 1970, about 50 years after Yale University students began tossing inverted Frisbie Baking Co. pie tins for fun and more than 20 years after the first plastic toy flying disc was manufactured.
Hundreds of thousands of people play disc golf on more than 3,000 courses around the world.
Professionals can earn thousands of dollars a weekend, and tournament purses last year totaled $2 million.