City officials, disc golf club members and disc golf champion Kevin McCoy gathered at Opelika’s Spring Villa on Tuesday to celebrate the grand opening of two 18-hole disc golf courses.
Opelika Parks and Recreation hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Spring Villa Disc Golf Course, which shares a parking lot with the Opelika with the Opelika Community Archery Park. It was designed by McCoy, a renowned course designer and four-time World Doubles Champion.
“This property is fantastic. So when they asked me to come and take a look at it and put a disc golf course out here, I knew that it could be a real special place,” McCoy said. “I was pretty excited to come out here and take a look at it.”
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The disc golf courses are comprised of “The Graveyard” and “The Rock.” These two courses offer a different level of challenges for the players to put their skills to the test.
The Graveyard was designed to push players to their limits. The Rock was designed to be navigated easier but to still be a challenge to even seasoned players.
“We got the two brand new disc golf courses, the Graveyard and the Rock,” Opelika Parks and Recreations Director Sam Bailey said. “They were designed by professional course designer and four-time World Champion, and we think they’re exceptional. We’re going to get a lot of play, have a lot of tournaments and a lot of people. I think it’s going to be enjoyed, we had a lot of people from out of town already coming in town to play, so we’re really looking forward to it.”
As the community celebrate the opening of the Spring Villa Disc Golf Course, Mayor Fuller highlights many other things the city have accomplished with Opelika Parks and Recreation.
“Sometimes we get caught up in something new like this disc golf course, and we forget what we did last week, or last month, or last year,” Fuller said. “… In 2009 we opened the SportsPlex, which was a game changer for all of us, and then we renovated Bandy Park, renovated Ray Ward Park, Shady Park, the Municipal Park or Monkey Park, including a complete yearlong rebuild of the Rocky Brook Rocky.”
Opelika also built a 24-court Pickleball pavilion, partnered with Auburn again to completely renovate the Pines Crossing Golf Course and there are currently improvements being made at Floral Park that the city hopes to complete by 2025.
“Sam, what you’ve done here and on Spring Villa with the archery and now with this… I think we’re in a pretty good position for the future,” Fuller said.
Opelika Parks and Recreation will host another small ceremony on a Saturday so more people can attend, and they will recognize their sponsors. There is no specific date at this time.
For more information on the Spring Villa Disc Golf Course, please visit opelikaparks.com.