The Waxahachie Disc Golf Course is officially open for play at Brown-Singleton Park.

Members of Leadership Waxahachie 2012-2013 hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening event Saturday, Sept. 7. The community was invited to grab a disc and play the new 18-hole course.

As people gathered around in preparation for the ribbon cutting, Project Coordinator and Leadership Waxahachie member Melissa Chapman welcomed everyone.

“As a leadership team, one of the tasks put before us is to come up with a community service project,” she said. “In looking at the different opportunities we settled on the course and I’m pleased to tell you that six months later we’re ready to play golf.”

Chapman said the fact that the sport is inexpensive and available to all ages is what helped them decide to build the course.

“We are so pleased about the fact that this sport is fun, free and people of all ages can participate,” she said.

Tossing out the first disc to initiate play was Mayor John Wray. Wray thanked everyone for attending the ribbon cutting and the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce for making the event possible.

“This is a very exciting addition to our city, and another great amenity,” Wray said. “I know we’re all proud of Waxahachie and we’re all proud of this addition to our city, so thanks for coming out.”

People from as far as Austin and Houston made their way to Waxahachie to be a part of the day’s events and to see what challenges the course had to offer. Several of the visitors made comments about the location of the course, and how well laid out it was. Chapman said that was largely due to the designers of the course Dan Rowan and Channon Quillen.

“We are so appreciative to Dan and Channon for their vision and help with the layout and design of our course,” Chapman said. “They really put in a lot of work in helping us make this the best disc golf course it could possibly be.”

Chapman also said the support of the city’s staff and the parks board members was an absolute must.

“John Smith and his crew worked really hard to make this happen today,” she said. “I also want to thank our parks board for supporting us in this endeavor.”

Speaking on behalf of the parks board was Bonney Ramsey. Ramsey said it was important to recognize CEO and President of the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce Debra Wakeland for the fact that Leadership Waxahachie exists.

“Without Debra’s leadership, none of us would be here right now,” Ramsey said. “It is because of her vision and leadership that we have this group, and the contributions they have made over the years have been great for our city.”

“We as the parks board decided having a disc golf course in Waxahachie would be a wonderful idea,” she said. “It’s a wonderful use of our park and it brings people from all over to our city. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

The Leadership team was able to secure 20 hole sponsors for the course, which will allow them to take the extra money and put toward additional course amenities. Rowan said those additions would include added pin placements for the baskets, raising some of the baskets and hosting mini-tournaments on Saturdays.

“Our goal is to start a Waxahachie Disc Golf Club,” Rowan said. “We plan to hold tournaments on Saturdays to also generate more funds to build on to the course.”

Chapman also thanked H-E-B and Minyard for supplying the refreshments, First Financial Bank for supplying water and Magnablend for providing course maps. KBEC 1390 was on-hand providing a live remote of the event.

The Waxahachie Disc Golf Course is located at Brown-Singleton Park.

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