University of Iowa

Boone County Disc Golf Course Recommendations

As part of his graduate capstone project, Sport and Recreation Management student, Parker Hesse, provided recommendations for the design of a new disc golf course at Don Williams Park in Boone County. 

Boone County Conservation sought to explore the feasibility of constructing a disc golf course at Don Williams Park. Disc golf continues to grow in popularity across the United States and is becoming one of the premier recreational sports.  It is minimally invasive to the environment, needing little land alteration to construct and no harmful chemicals or practices to maintain. Disc golf allows for people of all ages and skill levels to participate. Further research and expert interviews indicate that Iowa is a major hotbed for the sport, leading the nation in courses per capita. A unique and challenging course design enables organizations to host large tournaments that bring in a significant number of competitors along with generating revenue.  Don Williams Park contains the space and landscapes to hold a high caliber course and will help Boone County Conservation accomplish their goals of increasing park usage and community involvement in conservation.