JEFF ROSENFIELD Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis and Council members Gabby McGee and Eric Seidel attempt to see who throw a disc the furthest during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Disc Golf Course at Sheffield Park on June 24.
OLDSMAR - Oldsmar is quickly becoming associated with world-class athletic events and venues, including its Olympic-level BMX Supercross track and Tampa Bay’s only zipline adventure park.
Officials have now added another attraction to the mix with the opening of Oldsmar’s Disc Golf Course at Sheffield Park.
The championship level course features a gold level design to challenge professional players as well as white and red “tees” for beginner and intermediate players. The morning of Saturday, June 24, city officials, volunteers and disc golf fans turned out for the ribbon cutting ceremony, where Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis praised the new 8,600-foot, 18-hole par-59 course.
“It’s awesome. These are the kind of things that Oldsmar is all about,” Bevis said after he engaged in a friendly but spirited competition with Council members Gabby McGee and Eric Seidel to see who could throw a disc the furthest. “While we love our soccer, baseball, football and lacrosse here in Oldsmar, we like to think a little outside the box. This course is great because not only can the local residents enjoy it, but it will attract players from all over the area to play disc golf in Pinellas County. And the best part about it is it’s free!”
Indeed, the course, located in the southeast section of Sheffield Park at 1923 Cutty Bay Court, drew curious disc golfers from around the Suncoast on a humid, early Saturday morning, with one veteran player calling an impressive challenge.
“It’s tough. It’s a real tough course,” Tampa’s Dennis Luna, who has been playing disc golf since 1995, said as he played with a trio of players he met that morning. “I like it. But it’s going to be very challenging.”
Luna was quick to point out that having the three separate tee levels was “exceptional,” and he praised the thought that went into certain elements of the design.
“I like the design, the tee pads are awesome, and the signage is good, letting you know the distance of each hole,” he said. “This is right up there as one of the harder courses in the area, very challenging.”
The beauty of the course, according to officials, is its versatility. Thanks to the three levels, players of all ages and skill sets can enjoy playing a fun sport set against the spectacular backdrop of Sheffield Park. And families can enjoy the fact that’s its free to play, with beginner disc sets available to check out at the Oldsmar Public Library.
“People drove from all over Pinellas County to experience our course already, to experience an activity in nature where you have the ability to make your own experience, to play any hole from any distance in any order you like.” Oldsmar Leisure Services Director Felicia Donnelly said. “The fact that it’s free to the public gives us a lot of flexibility. We expect this course will continue our goal of bringing eco-tourism attractions to the city.”