Grand Reopening of Knoch Knolls Disc Golf Course Set for June 27
Community Invited to Celebrate New 18-Hole Course
The Naperville Park District invites the community to celebrate the grand reopening of the disc golf course at Knoch Knolls Park, located at 336 Knoch Knolls Road.
The event will take place
Saturday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m.
Following brief remarks by the Naperville Park District board president and others, the course will officially open with a ceremonial first throw. Expert disc golf players will be on hand to demonstrate how to throw a disc and to give other tips for beginners. Guests also will have the opportunity to participate in a series of “Putt for the Pie” contests.
The disc golf course at Knoch Knolls Park originally opened in 2000 as a nine-hole course and concrete tee pads were added in 2006. Naperville resident and disc golf enthusiast Tom Wehrli worked with Disc Golf Hall of Fame player Gary Lewis to design the original course.
Funding for the first course was provided, in part, by donations from local individuals and organizations. With the sport of disc golf growing fast in Illinois and nationally, players flocked to the Knoch Knolls course and soon looked for ways to expand it from 9 to 18 holes. The Naperville Park District was able to include the course expansion in the Knoch Knolls Nature Center project, which was funded, in part, by an Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Design of the overall project began in 2012, and preparation for the disc golf renovation began in 2013 when a herd of goats helped clear five acres of invasive brush for the new holes. Installation of the new tees and baskets continued through the spring of 2015.
Disc golf experts Steve Matul and Doug D’Arcy worked with Project Manager Peggy Pelkonen to design the new course layout. Close to parking, restrooms and the DuPage River Trail, the Knoch Knolls course is conveniently located and offers beautiful views of open fields and woodlands along the West Branch of the DuPage River.
Disc golf is popular with young adults, but as Tom Wehrli observed, the sport also provides an opportunity for families to spend time together outdoors.
“I see parents staying with their kids while they are playing the game and walking the course together,” said Wehrli. “There are a lot of guys who play, but I also see lots of young kids with their parents.”