Local disc golf courses reopened this spring and a new opportunity began for locals interested in checking out the sport! Thanks to the coordination of the Madison park rangers, anyone with a valid Madison Public Library card can now check out a disc golf kit, available at all nine branches of the Madison Public Library (MPL) system.
Each kit consists of a Play Madison Parks bag, four discs – a driver, a fairway driver, a mid-range, and a putter, plus local course maps, rules and etiquette, and information about the lending program. Once checked out, disc golfers can play any City of Madison disc golf course - Hiestand, Elver and Yahara Hills (winter) or a Dane County disc golf course - Capital Springs and Vallarta-Ast. Normally these courses require users to purchase an annual or daily permit for each park system. For those who check out a disc golf kit from MPL, save your receipt upon checkout, which serves as proof of a permit to access both Madison and Dane County courses for free during the checkout period.
"Our hope for the program is to lower barriers and increase access to the sport of disc golf and by providing a free option for the community to utilize," said Michaela Daly, Park Ranger for the City of Madison Parks Division.
Here's how it works: anyone with a valid Madison Public Library card can visit one of the nine branches and check out a disc golf kit. One kit is provided per branch. The checkout period is 7 days and is currently not renewable. When checking out, users will keep their receipt and use it as their permit to play the disc golf courses for free. Park Rangers at all courses do check permits, so having the receipt is essential! At that point, users can enjoy as many rounds of disc golf as they please and can return the kits to Madison Public Library at the end of their 7-day period. Each kit is equivalent to one permit so if MPL cardholders want to share the discs, all other users will still need to purchase a disc golf permit or check out a kit of their own. It's that easy to #checkoutdiscgolf!
For comments and questions:
Madison Park Rangers: firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 235-0448
Madison Public Library: contact your local branch or call (608) 266-6300
Dane County Parks (608) 224-3730
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