When volunteers get together and work toward a goal, the result is multiplied by the effort. One of the 2012 WDSA supported projects, Sugar Creek Park in Brussels, reflects this spirit in Spades. Project organizer, Tim ”Hildy” Hildebrand has a vision for Door County which includes numerous disc golf courses. Looking at many potential locations including Potawatami State Park and Penninsula State Park just to name a few, Hildy decided to focus his efforts on a smaller, less well known county park aptly named Sugar Creek.
This small wooded piece of real estate better known for its boat launch, rocky beach and beautiful sunsets overlooking the Bay truly is a sweet treat for anyone driving up to Door County in Wisconsin. The park is 20 minutes North of Green Bay and 15 Minutes South of Sturgeon Bay, only 3 minutes off of Highway 54-57 on County Rd N. If you come, we recommend bringing a grill, cooler, fishing pole and a little extra time because you won’t want to leave.
The 18 hole disc golf course is designed primarily for the recreational golfer but the wooded terrain forces you to pick the right disc and make your shots count or you could easily turn birdies into bogies. The Friends of Door County Parks will soon add a bridge and new bathroom facilities which will further upgrade the amenities of the park. For now, from the parking lot just walk back out the entrance and start on hole 17 to avoid getting your feet wet in the creek on your way to hole one.
Several local businesses have embraced the project as well as the Friends group and local disc golfers. The county parks crew put in time, installing the baskets, mulching brush and spreading chips with disc golfers primarily working weekends cutting trees, spreading chips, creating paths and grooming the fairways. When you arrive, you will find a very well maintained 18 hole course with DGA Mach III baskets, ample signage and rubber tee pads.
This project is a great example of why Wisconsin has more great disc golf courses than most states. The combination of dedicated volunteers, interested parks staff, friends groups and local businesses all working together have created something really SWEET! Thanks Hildy for your vision and unquenchable passion for improving disc sports in Wisconsin.
One Project at a Time
Jim Van Lanen Jr December 2013