I wanted to thank everyone for their contributions and commitment to upgrading the disc golf course at Phillips Park.
Thanks to Citiparks for funding the cost of nine new Carrick High School blue and gold custom painted DISCatcher baskets and to Pittsburgh Public Works for continuing to maintain the park where they reside. I have seen so many new players at the course because of the new equipment.
I want also to thank Innova for their continued commitment to "The Fortress" course in Phillips Park, which has endured for 16 years. Your renewed support for the grassroots growth of the sport of disc golf has inspired our club to also renew our efforts at promoting the game in schools and in the community with a Monday after school/work spring league at Phillips.
I won't forget to thank all of the PFDS members, especially Homer Clark, who bought the old baskets to help pay the installation costs, and who came out last November to remove old equipment and install two new pin positions on each hole. Thanks to Mark Prestopnik for nudging me to get this disc rolling (an apt and scary image that you know all too well if you've misplayed the Phillips course). The biggest PFDS-member thank you goes out to Jeff Stanek who donated his expertise, materials and time to create and install 9 new tee signs and a rules sign for the course.
I've attached some pictures of what we've accomplished. It is sweet.
J. Gary Dropcho
Pittsburgh Flying Disc Society
Phillips Park disc golf course was created and bulit in 1996 by students and teachers at Carrick High School, which sits across the street from the park. The original baskets were fabricated and installed by metal shop and construction students. Jim O'Mara's Eagle scout project in 1998 added concrete tee pads and tee signs. Citiparks paid for new baskets installed by PFDS volunteers in November 2011.
The 9-hole course sits on a grassy hillside with mature hardwood trees, and features elevated shots through generous fairways, fast greens and out of bounds areas on the perimeter of the park.
Tees: Red tees, natural (Recreational 850-rating); White tees, concrete (Intermediate 900-rating).
Targets: Innnova DISCatchers; A/B pin locations.
Par: Red 27, White 27.
Designer: J. Gary Dropcho and Carrick High School Frisbee Club.
South of Pittsburgh. From Liberty Tunnels take Rte. 51 south to a left at 1st light (Bausman St.), to a right on Brownsville Rd., 2 miles to a right on Parkfield St. 1 block to War Memorial - the park is straight ahead. 1st tee on left over hill at the top of the stairs.
Tournament Course Records:
White Tees - B pins: 49 -- Mark Prestopnik, Phillips Monday League 4/9/12