Enhancing the disc golf course at Pere Marquette Park will be one of the main thrusts of the Ste.Genevieve Parks and Recreation Board, in spending the remainder of its fiscal year 2019 funds.

With only about a month remaining to use the 2019 funds before fiscal year 2020 starts on October 1, the park board heard a well-timed appeal by Steve Hoog and two fellow disc golf enthusiasts, requesting $1,700 to install 14 concrete tee pads on the disc golf course.

The course has been expanded from nine to 18 holes during recent years — largely due to Hoog’s efforts.

Hoog, Geoff Duvall and Josh Welch made a presentation to the board during its August 27 meeting.

“We’re at a point right now where we have a couple of things that could really help,” Hoog said. “Usually this time of year there’s extra money that pops up from the city. We thought this might be  good time to come in and give it a shot.”

He said the unofficial  group, Ste. Genevieve Disc Golf Throwers (SGDGT) had tried using artificial turf for better footing for tee areas, but that has not proven successful.

“The comments we’ve been getting from people ... every time people come from out of town, they say the one thing that’s lacking on this golf course is tee pads,” Hoog said. “They love the course overall. It could be a big draw if we start having tournaments next year. We will be having people come to town and have a good time with it.”

He stressed the need for the pads.

“Concrete tee pads seem to be the way to go,” Hoog said.

Hoog told the board that Welch had approached a friend who owns Wibbenmeyer Concreters in Perryville about the pads. He has agreed to install the pads for the cost of the material, $1,700, forgoing what would normally be $4,400 in labor charges, Hoog said.

See complete story in the September 4 edition of the Herald.