Eagle Scout builds disc golf course

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Photos by Joyce Ervin Photographed is the site of one of the holes John Schafer tackled and cleared to build a disc golf course as his Eagle Scout project.

Photos by Joyce Ervin
Photographed is the site of one of the holes John Schafer tackled and cleared to build a disc golf course as his Eagle Scout project.

By Joyce Ervin

John Schafer has completed his project to earn the rank of Eagle through Saline Troop 457 by constructing four holes for a disc golf course at the Sandra Richardson Park.
Schafer said the project turned out to be more work than originally thought.  It seems the area was wooded and full of brush.  He said it was lots of work and likened it to ‘clearing a forest by hand.”
He did have some help from volunteers and fellow scouts. Terry Calhoun, who builds golf courses, brought a front loader, but Schafer said the holes too had to be finished off by hand.
After getting the holes dug, he installed 4-by-8-foot T pads. He said lots of planning went into the project as well
Schafer became aware of the need, when his brother, Joseph, a Cub Scout with Saline Pack 464 was on a hike in the park.  A York Twp. Official was there and mentioned the twp. would like to have a disc course but didn’t have the funds.
Schafer set to work asking individuals and businesses for donations and set up a GoFundMe Page.  He said he is still fundraising
to cover the costs for the project.  Schafer hopes for more donations and also was looking to draw awareness
to the new facility.

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Schafer said, “I would like more people to know about the course.” Adding that Calhoun plans to complete five more holes for a nine-hole course by the end of the summer.
Schafer is home schooled but takes classes in conjunction with Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and Washtenaw Community College.  He will be a senior come this September.  He is the son of Jolynn and Roy Schafer.
Schafer didn’t really mind all the hard work, he said, “I love scouting.”
The Sandra Richardson Park is located 9495 Platt Rd, in Milan.  For information on the course, call 439-8842 or visit the website at
https://www.discgolfscene.com/courses/Sandra_Richardson_Park.  Donate to his GofundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/sandra-richardson-disc-golf-course.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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