“We’re excited about the opening,” said Matt Black, who spearheaded efforts to design and build the 18-hole course.
The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new disc golf course is at 10 a.m., and the course will open after Eden Westside Minister Jackie Connell blesses the course.
Black said it was Connell’s vision to build the new disc golf course on Revelation Mountain, which is directly behind the church atop a tall mountain.
“A lot of the course is on the Revelation Walk Trail,” Black said. “That’s why it won’t be open during the month of October.”
The course is played like the game of golf, but with “Frisbees,” or “discs” instead of golf clubs and a ball.
“It’s a challenging course,” Black said, adding that he couldn’t have built the course without the help of James Otwell and Scotty Pinson.
He said Pete Morton would maintain the course for the church.
Black said players do not have to be members of Eden Westside Baptist Church to play on the course.
“The course is free and open to the public,” he said.
He said all holes on the course are par 3’s and is played with the same principles as golf.
Black said it would take players about an hour and a half to two hours to complete the 18-hole disc golf course.
“It’s also great exercise for the entire family,” Black said.
He said there are two disc golf courses in Birmingham and Trussville, and one in Rainbow City and Heflin.
“I think this is the only one in St. Clair County,” Black said.
He said organizers began building the disc golf course in early summer, and there is still work to be done to improve the course.
“Matt made this happen,” said Lance Bowman, the recreation minister for Eden Westside Baptist Church. “It’s his brainchild.”
Bowman said Black had the full support of the church.
“I wasn’t that familiar with the game,” Bowman said.
But he has now gotten to know a lot about the game, which is much like golf.
There are Frisbees designed for “driving” and “putting,” Bowman said.
“The longer people play, the more discs they carry in their shoulder bags,” he said.
Bowman said the Revelation Mountain Disc Golf Course is another way to reach out to the community and introduce people to Eden Westside Baptist Church.
“It’s a healthy game, and great exercise,” he said.
Bowman said there are general rules posted on a sign at the first hole tee and maps of each hole at the beginning of each individual hole. Scriptures line the course, as well.
Organizers say players are scored just like golf with birdies, bogeys, and if someone is a really remarkable disc player, even a hole-in-one.
“We’re tremendously excited about the grand opening …,” Bowman said.
The Revelation Mountain Disc Golf Course is open during the daylight hours Monday through Saturday.
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