You might not be familiar with it yet, but you might want to become familiar with it.
The "it" is disc golf, and the why is because of the new Westside Park disc golf course that had its grand opening recently. The park is a showplace for the recreational sport that is becoming more popular seemingly every week. Following the ribbon cutting for the new course, a professional tournament with 90 players was held, demonstrating disc golf's popularity. Also demonstrating that popularity is the fact that players are coming from all over to experience the Westside Park course, including from neighboring and other states.
Brent Miller from Chattanooga was one of the tournament participants and is an experienced player, having played disc golf since 2001.
"I've played this course six or seven times now. It's probably the best course in the area," he said.
That is high praise from an important source, and those behind the new course — including Whitfield County Parks and Recreation Department Director Brian Chastain, who oversaw the project; the county Public Works Department, which built the course; the county commissioners who approved it; and Will Schusterick, a former No. 1 disc golf player in the world who has a business in the county and who used his expertise to lay out the course and make it first rate — are to be commended.
And there's more potential good news.
This course is the second in Whitfield County, following a course that was already in existence at Dalton's Heritage Point Park. Chastain said the popularity of the Westside Park course has officials planning for another course.
Given the demand for the new course and the growing popularity of disc golf, that is welcome news indeed.
We congratulate all of those behind the Westside Park disc golf course for a job well done and look forward to what the sport has to offer in Whitfield County going forward.