Frisbee golf course proposal rejected by administration

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    Even though funds were allocated for it, a Frisbee golf course won’t be built on campus.

    A student proposal to build a Frisbee golf course was dismissed by the administration because of safety concerns, a Student Government Association official said.

    Frisbee golf, also known as Disc golf or FROLF, is a game similar to golf where players throw discs at specified chained baskets or targets, such as trees or lampposts.

    SGA vice president Brett Major said the Physical Plant raised concerns that people could throw discs close to the buildings and close to the street.

    “Once the bill has been signed and passed on to the administration to approve, it is out of our hands,” Major said.

    The course had been planned for the open grassy field in Worth Hills across from the University Recreation Center, Major said.

    SGA president Thomas Pressly said SGA had first passed a bill in November 2006, calling for $5,000 in SGA funds to be put toward the course, but the administration denied the bill because the Frisbee golf course required more money. Pressly said a new bill was passed a year ago in November calling for an additional $7,000, totaling $12,000 for the Frisbee course, but the administration shot down the bill in the spring.

    Major said SGA placed the money for the Frisbee course in a reserve fund, a surplus of money budgeted but not used from previous SGA events. He said the money set aside for the course will go toward future SGA planning until the administration approves a course.

    Pressly said students and the administration are still in talks about the possibility of a Frisbee golf course.

    In the meantime, students play Frisbee golf in makeshift courses campuswide, said Anthony Butorac, a junior radio-TV-film major.

    “Considering there practically is one already, just not official, I don’t understand why safety concerns are a problem,” Butorac said. “Don’t you think they would have done something about safety concerns with what we have been doing now?”

    Butorac said most TCU Frisbee golfers can be found playing at night because there is less of a chance of hitting people with the discs, but having a course available all day would be preferred.