Nursing major, Bailey Otto, has campaigned for a disc golf course ever since he began attending Stockton University. Now as a senior, his wish has been granted. The course that is open to the public and Stockton students extends more than 5,700 feet.
Otto worked closely with Plant Management and the Office of Facilities to put the course in place, while also getting funding from the Student Senate to purchase the baskets needed to complete the setup. Otto, who started a disc golf club at Southern Regional High School, is familiar with founding new disc golf courses as he did the same at his high school.
“I knew I was not the only person who had suffered from this gap in disc golf in South Jersey,” said Otto, as reported by Susan Allen.
The gap that Otto is referring to is that of 25 miles. Now students need not travel too far to get a game of disc golf in.
The 18-hole course is off of Pomona Road. It can be found neighboring the recreational fields, Get FIT Trail, and the Observatory on the Galloway Campus. Otto referenced the location as “the perfect spot,” as reported by Susan Allen.
Parking is next to the intramural fields.
Similar to golf, a player throws a special frisbee disc as close as they can to the basket. One will continue this process until the disc is in the basket and the lowest number of throws or lowest score will win the game. This is a par 57 course. This means the number of strokes or throws by a proficient player to complete the course should be 57. These discs can be purchased at a sporting goods store or online.
“The course is still being improved, but people can navigate it by downloading the app UDisc and using GPS to find the tee-pads and baskets,” explained Otto, as reported by Susan Allen.
If interested, join the Stockton University Disc Golf Course Facebook group to find out more information about volunteering for course improvements and conservation.