A group of Tri-County Regional Vocational High School students have volunteered their time to prepare an area of Dacey Community Field on Lincoln Street in Franklin for the final installation stages of an 18-hole disc golf course.
Sophomores Matthew Lombardo of North Attleboro and Ryan O’Toole of Medway, and freshmen Jake Difloures of Franklin, Caleb Joyce-Vorce of Medway, and Zachary Wilds of Wrentham have spent many recent weekend mornings assisting with trimming, mowing, weed whacking and clearing efforts on the new course.
“They did a good job. They were out working with us for the last four or five weeks helping to finish up with the clearing process,” said Ryan Jette, Franklin's director of recreation. Jette is leading the disc golf course installation at Dacey Field and supervised the students’ on-site work. “All 18 holes have been installed and are playable. Our next step is to install rubber tee pads with gravel for drainage."
Disc Golf is similar to traditional golf, with nine and 18-hole courses designed with pars. Instead of playing with golf clubs and balls, disc golfers attempt to complete holes by throwing different sized discs, such as drivers, mid-ranges, and putters that each have their own flight characteristics for specific shots.
A hole in a disc golf course is considered complete when the disc lands in the basket at the end of the hole, which is made of galvanized steel and 24 individual chains.
“You start by throwing your driver disc from the tee," said Jette. "Based on where it lands, you have up to one foot from that spot to throw your next disc, until your disc lands in the basket."
The 18-hole disc golf course at Dacey Field is built along walking trails in order to make it a fun and challenging course for players, who must throw their discs around trees and branches to complete holes.
According to Jette, the Town of Franklin Recreation Department completed the initial clearing of the area in February and March of 2012 without disruption to the area’s wetlands and with minimal impact to trees in order to preserve the beauty of the park.
Tri-County students became involved in the final stages of the project through the school’s Service Learning Experience program. Tri-County’s Service Learning Experience recognizes that serving others is an integral part of personal growth and asks that students in grades 9, 10, and 11 complete community service and volunteer work that appeals to their personal interests and abilities.
Jake Difloures, a Tri-County freshman involved in the project, said that his experience running his own lawn care business has proven helpful for the work he’s been doing at Dacey Field.
“We’re clearing away brush to make room for the course’s holes," he said. "It’s satisfying work because you get to see the before and after, and how far it’s come. Then when it’s finished, we’ll get to see other people using it and appreciating it.”
The disc golf course at Dacey Field is free to play and will be open year-round. Dacey Field also features baseball and soccer fields, a playground, and a dog park, which was installed just over a year ago.
Tri-County, located at 147 Pond Street, Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.