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May 29, 2007

Contact: Shawn Speaker 248-634-8811 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

Grand Opening for ‘Holly Woods’ Disc Golf Course at Holly State Recreation Area on June 2

Department of Natural Resources state park and recreation officials today announced that the Holly Recreation Area is hosting the grand opening of the Holly Woods Disc Golf Course on Saturday, June 2.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., and many activities and contests with prizes will be offered. In addition, there will be other activities in the recreation area to celebrate National Trails Day.

Disc golf is played with a round flying disc instead of a ball and club. Instead of a hole in the ground the player must get the disc into a metal basket that is about three feet off the ground. Chains hang above the basket to stop the momentum of the disc. Players can play the whole game using one disc or, for those who are more competitive, there is a range of disc shapes from a driver that will travel a greater distance to a putter that will catch the air and travel slower.

“Michigan is one of the top five states in the U.S. for competitive disc golf and scoring is done the same way as in a regular golf game. The challenge of disc golf is the fact that it is played through the woods,” said Shawn Speaker, supervisor of Holly Recreation Area. “We have 18 holes and all are a par three, and our course covers a variety of terrain.”

After the grand opening, the course will be open from 8 a.m. until dark. The day-use area of the park closes at 10 p.m. There are no fees to play and no scheduled tee times. Those who arrive first, play first.

Holly Recreation Area is located on Grange Hall Road in Holly in Oakland County. For more information, contact the park at (248) 634-8811.

While there are no fees to play disc golf at the recreation area, all motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park entrance. Cost is $24 for a resident annual and $6 for a resident daily. A nonresident annual is $29 and a nonresident daily is $8.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.
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