CARTHAGE – The city of Carthage is studying a proposal to develop a disc golf course at the Ballpark.

Miles Seaborn, a Carthage resident and professional disc golfer, has asked the city to allow him to set up a disc golf course near the walking trail. Seaborn plans to raise funds for disc golf equipment the town may need.

“There are a lot of courses in the area, but not in Carthage,” he explains. “You have to travel 30 to 40 minutes outside of Carthage to find one. There is a large group of golfers in Nacogdoches and a large group in Longview, a large group in Shreveport. I think it would be something that would be well served here in the community.

Seaborn spoke with city commissioners at their December meeting, telling them about the sport’s growing popularity. It’s both easy to do and suitable for all ages: you just need to know how to throw a frisbee at the target.

“One of the advantages is that there is no age limit and it’s free,” he said. “I take my children out. I have 2 and 3 year old children. I take them out with me all the time. They don’t last all the time, but they love to go out and throw things in the woods.

Seaborn said disc golf courses, if good, can attract fans to the city. Classes at Nacogdoches and Timpson have also attracted tournaments, which helps the local economy, Seaborn said.

Seaborn’s proposal, which is not finalized, would include nine holes in the woods next to the footpath. The disc golf course would not cross the trail, but Seaborn said they would use the trail to help people walk to each hole.

“I know this is something that has been invested a lot of time, money and effort and that the community loves. I don’t want to touch it at all, ”Seaborn said of the track. “Every hole would be designed away from him. There would be nothing going through it. It would have no impact on the trail.

The city wouldn’t have to do a lot of work in the woods to set up a disc golf course, Seaborn said. He is considering a beginner to intermediate level course, depending on the terrain available.

“Unlike traditional golf, there is no limit. Your imagination is not limited, ”he said. “You don’t have to cut everything out and start from scratch. You literally take any land given to you and place it based on how the land gives it to you. The impact is therefore very minimal. If something happens that needs to be taken out, it is taken out and there is no impact. The only thing you need to install it is a soil sleeve put into the ground just like a fence post. You just get the targets out of the ground and that’s it. The earth will grow back.

Seaborn said costs to set up a course would be between $ 5,000 and $ 6,000, and that he would raise money for whatever they needed. City manager Steve Williams added that the only cost to the city would be some maintenance to keep things from being overgrown.

City commissioners said they were open to the idea, but would like to see more finalized plans.

“This is definitely something that I would like to pursue,” said Mayor Lin Joffrion. “We have the infrastructure there, the space is there, the parking lot is there, the toilets are there.”