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Sam Benshoof/FOCUS Kelli Wegscheid stands next to the first hole in the Perham disc golf course. Wegscheid helped to design the course, which is 18 holes long.

New Perham disc golf course open for business; Discs available at local businesses

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Disc golf enthusiasts in the East Otter Tail County Area can rejoice: Perham's disc golf course is finally completed.

Located in the south end of Arvig Park, the course was roughly a year or more in the making.

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According to architect Kelli Wegscheid of Harmonious Architecture, the Perham Parks and Rec Board had set funds aside for the development of the course more than a year ago, but no one stepped forward to take charge until Wegscheid volunteered to do it.

Without any previous experience in developing disc golf courses, Wegscheid looked to the landscape architecture school at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo for help.

Two different groups of students came from NDSU to help design the course, Wegscheid said. Both groups submitted their ideas for the development of the course's holes. The finished course represents the students' suggestions combined with Wegscheid's own ideas.

The challenge, Wegscheid said, was that the groups "had to make the best fit for the landscape that was there."

During development, the Parks and Rec Board asked that the groups cut down only trees that absolutely needed to be removed. A path used by cross-country teams going through the park was already in place, Wegscheid said, which made it easy to plan around.

Most of the work inside the park involved trimming and removing old brush. Volunteers, boy scouts and Parks and Rec employees helped with clearing, Wegscheid said.

The course starts at the tennis courts on the south end of Arvig Park. Golfers can park in the grass field off of 3rd Ave NW and 6th St. NW.

The course then moves clockwise through the park toward the city garage, curving towards the water tower, and then ending back at the tennis courts.

Participants will find a full 18 holes of varying lengths and difficulty.

"The goal was to make the course family friendly," Wegscheid said. "We wanted it to be not too difficult for the average player."

Wegscheid is excited about bringing a new opportunity for physical activity to Perham.

"I've gotten a lot of feedback that people have been using it already," she said, although the course was just officially finished in the last week. "We have a pretty active community in Perham."

A large sign will be put up soon to make the beginning of the course clearer for golfers. Wegscheid also hopes to create an aerial map of the course, so that she can get the course onto a national directory.

A possible grand opening is being looked at for fall, although no date has been set. Wegscheid said she's hoping for future improvements to the course down the road.

Discs can be purchased at Bretz Hardware, Gene's Sport Shop, Mark's Fleet Supply, Ace Hardware and Ma's Little Red Bard. Discs cost $10.99, and are designed with a special Perham logo.

Wegscheid hopes Perham residents embrace the activity, and that interested folks get out to try the course while the weather's still nice.

Sam Benshoof/FOCUS

Kelli Wegscheid stands next to the first hole in the Perham disc golf course. Wegscheid helped to design the course, which is 18 holes long.

Alex Wegscheid throws his Frisbee on the first hole of the disc golf course, a par 2.

Dresden Wegscheid lands his Frisbee into the first hole of the disc golf course. Designer Kelli Wegscheid is hoping that participants both young and old take advantage of the new course.

The new disc golf course in Perham, under construction for roughly a year, is now ready for disc golf enthusiasts.

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