Play free disc golf with the family

Once a week? Twice? Every day?

How often do we wonder what we can do with our family for fun that’s actually free?

One answer to the quandary is to play disc golf at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course in Kenue Park. You can learn to play and try out the sport with your family during Dickinson County Conservation’s final Family Nature Night of the season.

Photo of man playing disc golf

Come to the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, and bring all ages of the family. At the beginning of the program, environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman will teach the difference between a Frisbee throw and a disc golf throw. Everyone will get to practice some distance throwing, and then staff will go over the map of the course to talk about the difference between the amateur- and professional-level tees.

Families will then get to spread out and try their hands at playing a few holes on the course, and scorecards will be provided for those who want some family-friendly competition.

“We’ll have score sheets, but I definitely think the point of the evening is to get to know the sport and get outside and have fun,” Kuhlman said.

She hopes that once families experience disc golf that they will come back to the local 18-hole course to play as it is open year-round, dawn to dusk.

“It’s affordable; it gets everyone outside,” Kuhlman said. “Even if you have littles who don’t play the game, they can still tag along. If you come during open hours, you can also visit the schoolhouse, nature center and Pollinator Paradise.”

Discs will be provided for the event at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course, which is located just west of the Dickinson County Nature Center, at 2251 170th St., Okoboji. Discs are also for sale for $10 each in the Nature Store at the nature center.

“Family Nature Night will then be done for the year, but our facilities are open year-round for all age groups,” Kuhlman said. “It’s a great way for families to interact together.”

To find out more about Dickinson County Conservation’s year-round programming, visit our environmental education page, call 712-336-6352 or stop in 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. You can also keep up on the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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