As you may or may not be aware, the 9-hole Sligo Creek Golf Course, located on Sligo Creek Parkway, is in dire straits. The quasi-public Montgomery County Revenue Authority, which presently operates the course, will return the course to the Parks Department on October 1st and there's no guarantee that the county will continue to operate the space as a golf course, a function it has served since 1956. This action is a result of community opposition (isn't it always?) to the proposed installation of a driving range and mini golf (!!!) courses. This isn't the first time the course has been disrespected. Years ago they amputated a large portion when they decided to build a Beltway right across the course, and later in 1994 they tried to build a high school right on top of it.
Now one group (one person?) has put forth a proposal to re-purpose the golf course as a disc golf (also known as Frisbee golf or frolf) course. I can't say what kind of legs this proposal really has, or if the County is actually considering the idea, as the only reference to it I can find is a press release on the website of a Chevy Chase homebuilder. Nevertheless, the concept is intriguing.
For those of you not familiar with disc golf, here's a description from the aforementioned press release:
Disc golf, also known as “Frisbee golf”, is similar to ball golf, with baskets as targets.Here's another definition, courtesy of the Urban Dictionary:
A game that is seemingly only played by old hippies and college students. College hippies seem to excel at this sport. One of the many sports that always seem easier when stoned and/or drunk.Here's a video introduction:
According to the Disc Golf Association, there are numerous benefits to constructing a disc golf course, and they claim the courses are inexpensive to maintain. As maintenance costs are a big part of the authority's issue with the present course, perhaps this is a much more viable use of the space.
You know this will be a popular proposal with the Takoma set. Instead of Sligo Creek Parkway being clogged with BMWs and Mercedes at all hours of the day as some neighbors once feared, the street will have a line of idling, cannabis smoke-filled VW Buses waiting to make a right turn into the course parking lot. The soccer matches presently held in the field across from the course will no doubt be replaced by games of ultimate.
Presently, the closest disc golf course to us is in (unsurprisingly) College Park. McLean also has one, so it's definitely not something that nice neighborhoods are averse to.
Personally, I hope they keep the golf course in operation. While I don't even play golf, this is a matter of civic pride. That being said, this isn't the worst idea I've ever heard. If they did go through with this, I might even don a tie-dye and give it a shot. Just don't turn it into a boring old park, as some have proposed - we already have plenty of park right across the street.
And hey, if it's good enough for Willow, it's good enough for all of us.