Meridian has added another disc golf course to its seasonal collection.
The nine-hole course recently opened in Kleiner Park behind The Village shopping center near the Eagle-Fairview intersection.
The course begins in the southeast corner of the park, nears the east shore of North Pond, extends to the northern edge of the park and finishes on the back side of the amphitheater.
Play is free.
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Like the courses at Meridian’s Bear Creek and Settlers parks, this is a seasonal offering (September through April) because the parks are particularly busy in the spring and summer. But Gem State Disc Golfers, which partnered with the city on the course, hopes for more.
“This year will be a tester,” said Jason Oxsen, who worked with the city on the layout. “(Year-round play) is the goal. There are not any tee pads. This is just the initial space layout to make sure everything flows. If we need to move a basket, we can do that.”
The nine-hole course was designed to limit conflicts with existing park users — from anglers to sledders. It also was designed with beginners and recreational players in mind. The average hole length is about 210 feet, which is a short course. Hazards are rare but the path system can be used as out-of-bounds lines by better players.
The difficulty of the course will increase as the trees mature.
The Kleiner course is expected to stay open longer than Meridian’s other two. Bear Creek is open Oct. 1 to March 15 and Settlers is open Nov. 15-Feb. 28.
“We want a year-round disc golf course in our park system and will be investigating potential options with future park development because of its popularity,” said Steve Siddoway, the director of Meridian Parks & Recreation.
“One of the great things about disc golf is that the game can be enjoyed by all ages from young to old. The sport is affordable to just about everyone, including children, as all that is required to play is a flying disc or Frisbee.”