An surprising and unlucky occasion will alter the following chapter of considered one of disc golf’s most beloved properties.
As a result of an infestation of the southern pine beetle, the Worldwide Disc Golf Heart (IDGC) will bear important clearing of the pine bushes on the property, leading to a brand new future for disc golf in Appling, Georgia.
The southern pine beetle is without doubt one of the most harmful threats to the pine tree, in response to U.S. Division of Agriculture. Immediate suppression is essential for administration of the outbreak to stop additional tree loss and cut-and-remove is the simplest remedy with an efficacy fee of 97%, according to the USDA.
A complete of 129 acres in Wildwood Park shall be impacted, together with 29 acres of the IDGC property. Particularly, a big portion of each the W.R. Jackson and Jim Warner Memorial Programs shall be misplaced.
The venture was ordered by the Military Corps of Engineers, who manages the land in Wildwood Park, to start instantly because of potential security and legal responsibility issues. Columbia County Parks chosen the date primarily based on scheduled actions and security issues.
Clearing will start September 27 and is estimated to take 5-6 weeks to finish. The IDGC, together with the Professional Store, shall be closed whereas the venture is underway.
The following steps are to work with acclaimed course designers to develop no less than two championship-level programs and a shorter, beginner-friendly monitor.
Concerning the PDGA Champions Cup in 2024, the third version of this PDGA Main occasion would require an adjustment to its schedule. Whereas the occasion continues to be scheduled for April 25-28, 2024, The Champions Cup is transferring to Northwood Park in Morton, Illinois. The change is to make sure that there’s ample time for design, growth, and testing of a brand new format, together with enter from key stakeholders, and beautification efforts to ensure that the usual set for PDGA Majors is met for the 2025 PDGA Champions Cup and past.
Although it’s a important blow to a historic and beloved piece of property, the following chapter within the lifetime of the IDGC will guarantee it stays a vacation spot for all disc golfers, and a supply of pleasure for PDGA members.