UPDATE! - Tee Box Signs are going FAST!  Here are the holes and sponsors as of 6-5-11:

  1. Bailey Family Chiropractic
  2. S&W Supermarket
  3. Kenny Schumacher
  4. Altamont Dairy Bar
  5. Altamont Pharmacy
  6. OPEN
  7. Peoples Bank
  8. OPEN
  9. Bailey Family Chiropractic

We also have an offer from First Mid to purchase a sponsor sign for the "rules and regulations" to be placed near the start of the course.  They are checking on the funding.  That gives us $875 in tee sign funds.  I will be checking if that is enough to get them ordered!

For the past two years or so the Altamont Lions have been working on providing the community of Altamont with yet another way to enjoy life in Altamont

A disc golf course!

The project has included a number of tasks and is close to completion.

  • Work with the city and other organizations to get the use of some land in Gilbert Park for the course.  Thanks to the City of Altamont and the Parks board!
  • With the help of EDGE (Effingham Disc Golf Evangelists) Mark Drone and Gary Welton we came up with a course design and staked out the course.  (Thanks Gary and Mark).
  • We were able to lay out the course with portable disc baskets thanks to Altamont Grade School who purchased them last year (Thanks Mike Dokey) and play test the course a few times.  This allowed us to refine the course.
  • With funding from the Altamont Lions and other organizations we were able to purchase 9 "New Mach II Disc Baskets".
  • With the help of lions VanDyke, Miller, Kull (pictured above), Niehaus and Bailey, a tractor and some concrete we were able to set the poles for th baskets and soon after mount the baskets.
  • The course actually started getting used at that time even before the efforts of Lions Niehaus and Bailey to dig out tee boxes and fill them with crushed limestone.
  • In the fall of 2010 the course saw regular play by the citizens of Altamont and surrounding communities.

But we are not done!

  • We are woking on a project to work with local businesses to purchase tee box - hole signs that have hole information and advertisement for the businesses.
  • In the future we hope to add wooden / timber edges to the tee boxes and eventually even have concrete tee boxes.

For the community we would like to start an Annual "Spring Fling" tournament.  We have even tossed around the idea of working up a version of Disc Golf for the blind to provide those that Lions care for the most yet another way to enjoy life.

A disc golf course is a fairly inexpensive project that can put some otherwise low use or unusable ground in your city to use as a great activity for people of all ages.  If your club is interested please contact Lion Niehaus at

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