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The Great Outdoors: Disc Golf

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On a beautiful summer day, it's a perfect opportunity for golfers to hit the links, but thanks to a growing trend, the public can take advantage of a different type of golf course.

"Disc golf is a great sport, and Morris Park is a great park, so the combination of the two of those together is awesome," said Tony Michalski of the Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission.

The Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Course can be found just off Interstate 79 in Fairmont. Phillip Burton and his wife started the course in 2002 in memory of their son.

"After Seth got killed in an accident when he was a senior in high school, we had some money come to us, and we started the one course here. We had it professionally designed," said Burton.

You can find two 18 hole courses: the Seth Burton Course and Orange Crush, both of which continue to be a work in progress.

"We're now improving the tee pads where you throw from. Just last year, we added a second basket to every hole."

The course is designed for both advanced and beginning golfers, in hopes that anybody could make a shot. Just like with clubs, different discs can be used for different shots.

"When we have tournaments up here, we'll bring in 50-60 people from outside of the area to come in," said Michalski.

Fine-tuning your hand-eye coordination isn't the only benefit disc golf has to offer.

"At the upper-18 part, you're walking two to two-and-a-half miles, so it's very good exercise," said Michalski.

The course is free and open to the public from dusk until dawn. 

For more information, visit West Virginia Disc Golf's website.

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