Disc Golf comes to Apex, NC!

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Citizens will finally be able to play disc golf in Apex

Citizens will finally be able to play disc golf in Apex

This Saturday, March 29, 2014 the Apex Nature Park will have a Grand Opening, including disc golf lessons. But it almost didn’t happen. The park’s Master Plan did not have disc golf anywhere on it. In fact, no one had even considered it. Until I educated them.

In October 2004, I went in front of the Town of Apex Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and asked them if any of them had ever heard of disc golf. 100% said “no”. So I proceeded to teach them by presenting a 27-slide educational deck which included the following:

The Need
Disc golfers in Apex had to go to Raleigh or Harris Lake in order to play disc golf. Apex offered nothing (nor did Cary, in fact). And disc golf adoption was growing exponentially across the country.

The Education
The disc, the correct term, is similar to a Frisbee®, made by Wham-O, except it has a sharp edge so it can fly great distances. The tee box is a concrete pad that serves as the starting point. The basket is a metal wire receptacle on a pole, with a chain above, and serves as the destination. The game is played like golf — the player throws a long-flying disc (driver), then walks to the place it landed, throws a mid-range flying disc (approach) and eventually tosses the final disc (putter) into the basket. Counting the throws as strokes, the golfer keeps score just as in “ball golf.” Groups play together in twosomes, threesomes and foursomes, they “play through” when the group behind has faster play, and an ace is rare but achievable on some shorter holes. Etiquette is much the same when it comes to avoiding noise during another player’s throw, not crossing between a player and their destination and touching other people’s discs that in are play.

The Appeal
For players, the game is easier to master and much less expensive than ball golf. A wide ranges of ages can participate and the game can be as casual or as serious as one wishes. It encourages walking among the trees, which act as natural obstacles. For recreation departments, it is less expensive to install and maintain than traditional sports, it leaves more of nature undisturbed by leaving medium and large trees in place. It can theoretically support 72 (4×18) simultaneous citizens (players) maximizing the utilization of the infrastructure.

The Town of Apex Nature Park is located at 2600 Evans Rd, near the intersection of Apex Barbecue Rd. The Grand Opening is Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM and will include disc golf demonstrations.

Here is the site map:

 

 

Apex Nature Park Site Map

 Copyright 2014 Lance Olive, All Rights Reserved.

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Carolina Border Wars

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NC-SC Border Moves South West of Lake Wylie

NC-SC Border Moves South West of Lake Wylie

With rare exceptions of extreme seismic events, land generally does not move.  So imagine the surprise one man got when he was told that his South Carolina property is about to be in North Carolina.

In the early 1800s, surveyors went to the trouble of documenting and marking the NC-SC border, making measurements and notes, notching trees and chiseling on rocks.  Over time the actual lines became a bit blurred on the ground, with counties from both states putting signs and allocating properties into their respective counties, and thus, their states.

Because of historically inaccurate claims by land owners along the borders, the maps no longer matched the claims and exact locations of the boundaries came to be off by a couple of feet in some places and hundreds of feet in others.  One man now finds his property on the verge of changing sides.

Lewis Efird, President of United Oil of the Carolinas, finds his 1.5 acre property, just a couple of miles west of Lake Wylie, smack dab in the middle of the disputed zone.  He may very well see the state line relocate from the north edge to the south edge, effectively moving the land from South Carolina to North Carolina.

On that property, Victor Boulware owns and operates a gas station and convenience store, the Lake Wylie Mini Mart of Clover, SC.  He will soon be operating out of Gastonia, NC in a matter of months.  The NC-SC Joint Border Commission met on Friday (Feb 7) and has been meeting for years to begin correcting these border issues once and for all, and the members, pleasant as they have been, have very little ability to do more than help these land and business owners, and others like them, to prepare for the changes that will be coming.

For example, NC has a higher gas tax than does SC.  That means the price of gasoline at that station would jump without increasing any profits to the station.  Also, the sale of fireworks would have to be curtailed, since NC has long outlawed all but the tamest of sparklers.  Additionally, many note the differences between alcoholic sales control and restrictions that have existed since the repeal of national prohibition since 1933 (NC controls hard liquor sales through the ABC).

While the impact may be extreme for some, there remains some hope.  Even though the border is likely to be officially marked in it’s historically correct location, and there are those who have been placed in “incorrect jurisdictions” for decades, there may be a political solution whereby elected officials can grandfather existing businesses for as long as they remain in operation through the exception process when they pass new legislation, which is expected to be heard in both state houses later this year.

Palmetto or Tarheel, it’s good to see that Carolinians can work out issues peacefully.

Some facts were gathered from a Charlotte Observer article.