Otterburn Disc Golf Course groundbreaking set for October

SWARTZ CREEK — The discs could fly yet this year at the disc golf course being planned at Swartz Creek’s Otterburn Park.

The baskets and tees have been ordered and build dates are tentatively set for Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday, Oct. 17. Volunteers are needed. More information is available on the Facebook page “Otterburn Disc Golf Park – Swartz Creek.” A gofundme account also will be set up to help pay for construction costs and the purchase of trees.

Glaeser-Dawes Corp., the company that has been improving the roads in Winchester Village, has been staging equipment at the park, located on Bristol Road west of Miller Road, and has pitched in by working on the topography. They’ve created a big hill that will serve as the 18th hole and double as a sledding hill in winter.

“They’re going to put a couple more mounds of dirt on the back side of the course, and they’re smoothing out some of the areas,” said Mike Suchodolski, a disc golfer who has been working with the city for years to bring the course to fruition.

“The plan is to have a course that will be fun and challenging for all experience levels, something for the beginner to enjoy, but not too intimidating, and challenging enough to allow the more experienced golfers to enjoy their time out there, as well,” Suchodolski said.

The goal is to keep the course as rustic and natural as possible, so that golfers may enjoy the wildlife, the rolling hills and wetlands.

“The course has some sneaky elevations you don’t notice by looking at it, but you do when you walk it,” Suchodolski said. “We want to plant quite a few trees that will grow so that, over the years, it’s an ever-evolving course.”

The park also will feature a circular drive and a pavilion. Plans are underway to raise funds for the pavilion that will be named in honor of former Councilman Jentery Farmer. Farmer, 27, died April 24 of natural causes. He was president of the city’s park board and served on many community organizations, including Hometown Days.