Burchfield Park is a home for disc golfers

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By Austin Short
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

The final hole on the Devil's Den course features a unique pin location. It is one of the many creative facets of the courses at Burchfield Park. Photo courtesy of Austin Short

The final hole on the Devil’s Den course features a unique pin location. It is one of the many creative facets of the courses at Burchfield Park.
Photo courtesy of Austin Short

The arrival of spring has allowed locals the opportunity to enjoy two of the best disc golf courses in the area at Burchfield Park.

“Our disc golfing is taking off and that’s very popular,” said Burchfield Park Manager Jeff Gehl, who has been the park manager since December 1986.

The course was added in 2011 and has quickly become one of the park’s most popular feature and Gehl is looking for ways to improve the courses.

“It’s been an ongoing process of tweaking the holes. We’re adding a new fairway to one of the holes. Last fall we added an island hole where we put a post boundary around it. We are going to be raising the basket on that one. We’re constantly tweaking things,” said Gehl.

The Devil’s Den, one of the two 18-hole courses at Burchfield Park, is ranked as the second best course in the state according to dgcoursereview.com.

Brad Hildenbrand, a local disc golfer from Lansing said, “The multiple options for pins and tees and how well maintained the courses are is what really sets them apart from others.”

The high quality of the course landscaping should be maintained as Burchfield Park added a new landscaping budget specifically for the disc golf course and they are looking to add trees and other obstacles.

“It’s more like a golf course than other courses I’ve played. A lot of the courses in Maine are heavily wooded. The courses here have sand-traps and are more aesthetically pleasing,” said Lee Trevains, resident of Holt for three years now.

John Trevains, who moved to Holt three weeks ago, throws his disc towards the pin on one of the holes at Burchfield Park. Photo courtesy of Austin Short

John Trevains, who moved to Holt three weeks ago, throws his disc towards the pin on one of the holes at Burchfield Park.
Photo courtesy of Austin Short

Tournaments are being held at Burchfield Park yearly now. The Capital City Renegades are a local disc golfing group that have two tournaments planned as of now, including the Blue Power Scott Stokley Awareness Doubles Tournament on Wednesday, March 23.

“We put an application in to get one of the Pro Disc Golf Association’s National Tour events here. We were denied for 2017 but are hopeful for 2018,” said Gehl.

The improvements to Burchfield Park’s disc golf courses are not the only way the park is looking to improve its disc golf scene.

“One of the things we are going to add this year is a disc golf store,” said Gehl. “That was recommended by some of the disc golfers so that’s probably the newest thing we’ll be doing this spring.”

Disc golfing, or frolfing as it is sometimes referred to, is a recreational activity that is becoming more and more popular because it can be a relaxing game or a highly competitive game. It’s a hobby that can be a stress reliever or an exercise. It is a pastime that can be enjoyed by a wide range of people.

“It’s a great excuse to get outside. It’s a good way to exercise and it’s fairly laid back,” said John Trevain of Holt, who is new to the area and fairly new to the game.

Burchfield Park is located off of Grovenburg Road in Holt. Map courtesy of Google Maps

Burchfield Park is located off of Grovenburg Road in Holt.
Map courtesy of Google Maps

Burchfield Park costs $3 to park for a day if you are an Ingham County resident, and $5 for non-residents. Annual parking passes are $30 for Ingham County residents and $40 for non-residents. It also costs $4 to play the courses for the day or $40 for an annual play pass. The park is located at 881 Grovenburg Road in Holt.

Disc golfing is in good hands as Burchfield Park continues to raise the already high bar of quality disc golfing in the greater Lansing area.

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