John Minicuci › Hanson Hills Recreation Area May 4, 2010 at 11:20pm
Ryan "ChimChim" Bauer and Mitch Sylvain also played a round there and helped finalize a few of the last remaining details. Bring a drink or two, you'll be on the course longer than a half hour or so :-D
It all started last fall. Through Ryan Herzog I was contacted by Andy Moore who is a Rotary in Grayling. They wanted to install a course on the Hanson Hills site and asked if I would shoot on up there to help design it. They sent me some preliminary maps and I began to sketch up the layout even before I got there. I showed up there late September on a Friday night and walked the earth before watching the Tigers lose in the playoffs in the famous Spikes Keg O Nails (http://www.spikes-grayling.com/). Ryan showed up the following morning and we went to work and before the day was done we threw about 1000 throws and walked about 100 miles. Well, maybe that is an exaggeration but it was a long day and well worth it.
I communicated alot through text messages (none while driving, of course), phone calls, and e-mails to Justin Andare. Ryan Herzog and I were not thoroughly happy with the transition from 15 - 17 so we went back up in March and finalized a few things with Mitch and Chim. Justin Andre, the Hanson Hills Park and Rec team leader oversaw all of the course alterations we asked to be made and did a great job. The cement tee pads will be going in towards the end of May, the hole signs and arrows are in, and the sign near the 1st hole is also in. Look for a Grand Opening the 2nd week of June or so.
Once we get to that point we will begin to work on fund raising to add in the last 5 holes and make this a complete 24 hole layout. I have a pretty good idea on where the last few holes will be and they will be equally fun and hilly to walk. Hopefully, we can get these in soon! BTW, there will be a couple of places to get discs in Grayling. The Bicycle Shop will be one of them and the party store nearest the course will be another. The party store has the perfect name for a future disc golf event: Old Dam Party Store - ohh the possibilities!