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General Banter / Re: Possibility of a new course at Clinton Lake
« on: July 22, 2013, 02:57:21 pm »
I have attached an aerial view of the park in question.  Also, restrooms, showers, camping, beach, etc. are all in close proximity.

General Banter / Possibility of a new course at Clinton Lake
« on: July 22, 2013, 02:33:47 pm »
The Corps of Engineers is looking for partners that would be interested in partnering to build a new course within Bloomington Park at Clinton Lake.  Partnership can be anything from volunteering, equipment, maintenance, etc.  If the club or any other local business would be interested in this please message me or call my office at 816-389-2416.  Thanks.

The two courses at Clinton are on the state managed area.  All the land around the lake is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (who I work for), but is not entirely managed by us.  That area that contains the courses is managed by Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism.  As that is their leasehold, it would be up to them to update the area.  My suggestion would be to let the state park know if there is a public desire for updating those courses.  Maybe with enough public input there will be a renewed interest in maintaining the courses.

     The directional signs between each hole have been installed.  Tee signs should be here within a week, hopefully installed within two weeks.  The course is currently set at the long placements.  The course should also be mowed and trimmed this week.  FYI the campground is now open for the season if anyone is interested.
      I have taken a position at Clinton Lake, so I will no longer be in charge of the course at Perry.  Please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Perry Lake with any future questions or concerns about the course.  The office number is 785-597-5144.  Thanks to all those who put in some work on the course.

« on: March 12, 2013, 07:27:47 pm »
Dogs are required to be on a leash since this is within a federal park. FYI it is a long, hilly course and there is no fresh water there this time of year. You may want to bring a drink for the dog if you decide to take it along. That or there is a pond on hole 15. Let me know what u guys think, and keep in mind it is still a work in progress.

« on: March 12, 2013, 11:54:08 am »
Just wanted to let everyone know that the course at Perry Lake is now playable.  The baskets are finally in the ground.  The tee signs have been designed, but have not been delivered yet.  There are also still a few odds and ends that need wrapped up like trail steps, etc. Come out and give it a try and let me know what you think. 

General Banter / Re: PERRY COURSE WORK DAY
« on: April 29, 2012, 02:52:24 pm »
Unfortunately, only two people showed up to the workday.  Myself and the two others got quite a bit of work done, but do to the poor showing there is still plenty of things that need done before we can get this thing ready to play.  To volunteer, please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Perry Lake Project at 785-597-5144.

General Banter / Re: PERRY COURSE WORK DAY
« on: April 27, 2012, 03:29:54 pm »
Just a reminder that tomorrow is the workday at the new course at Perry.  All help will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

« on: April 05, 2012, 03:42:25 pm »
We will be having a work day on the Perry course on Saturday April 28th, starting at 8:30 am.  Necessary tasks include removing small diameter woody brush, pole pruning, dragging branches, minor tree clearing, etc.  Weedeaters with a blade and chainsaws will be the most useful tools to finish up this clearing to get everything up and running.  Rakes, polesaws, etc. will also be useful.   

This course has approximately 97-98% of the course cleared.  The remaining clearing is predominately on rocky hillsides consisting of small buckbrush that needs removed so we can continue to spray the area with chemical.  There are also a few areas where trees have been dropped, but still need cut up and piled so we can burn them.  There is very little standing timber that needs removed.  We would  like to get everything cleared well enough so that we can continue to maintain it easily without putting in tons of man hours on the course.

As a side note, one of the reasons that this course has taken so long to get installed  is the lack of manpower available for this project.  There are only three Corps of Engineers Park Rangers at Perry, and we have 40,000 acres of land and water to manage.  This includes about 600 campsites, numerous parks, 10,000 acres of agricultural leases to administer, etc.  We are spread very thin, so these work days are vital to getting this course installed.  Please do not think that we have lost interest in this course, as I personally have put hundreds of hours into this project.  We do not want to just slap baskets in the ground and call it good.  Our thinking is that if we get people to have a positive experience the first time they play it, then they will want to come back. 

Directions: From the US 24 Hwy in Perry, take Ferguson Road North approx. 7 miles to 86th street.  Turn left (west) on 86th and continue about 1.5 miles, the road will curve to the south and be renamed Hamilton road.  Continue about 1 mile south to the course.  The course will be directly west across the road from the Grainery Saloon. Park along the road.  If you have questions, please contact Ranger Kyle Broockerd at 785-597-5144 or 785-215-4216.  Thanks.

General Banter / Re: Courses you never played before
« on: September 21, 2010, 08:38:05 am »
Hello everyone, to clear up a little confusion on the Perry Lake Course:
1.  clearing is still not 100% complete
2.  Pads are poured
3.  Parking area needs to be completed
4.  Baskets and benches need to be installed

Due to the MASSIVE amount of clearing and the difficult terrain involved, it has taken much longer than anticipated.  In addition, one of the bridges is temporarily out that we use to travel to that park.  From our office it takes 35-40 minutes to get there if you are hauling equipment.  Needless to say that cuts into your work time. Since the camping season is winding down we should have much more time to dedicate to the course, so that should help immensely.  For any other information or to volunteer please feel  free to call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Perry Project at 785-597-5144.

General Banter / Re: Lake Perry Course Pics Update
« on: September 21, 2010, 08:22:38 am »
There is still some work to be done on this course before we can get it open.  We are going to have some workdays this fall and winter with the goal being to open it next spring. Hopefully the weather is a little kinder this year, with less snow to contend with.  If anyone would like some more information or would like to help out, please feel free to call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Perry Project office at 785-597-5144. 

General Banter / Re: Lake Perry Course Pics Update
« on: March 24, 2010, 08:09:13 am »
As of right now it is still under construction.  The wet weather has put a damper on some of our workdays this winter.   The vast majority of the clearing is complete.  However, the parking area is still under construction, along with some bridges, low water crossings, pin placements, etc.  If anyone would like to volunteer to help out please feel free to contact me and I can discuss the project more in detail.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Perry Lake Project
Ranger Broockerd

General Banter / Re: Frisbee AND Camping
« on: June 26, 2009, 02:44:42 pm »
Here in a few months the course at Perry should be up and running.  This course will be 18 holes within Longview Park adjacent to the campground.  There is also a bar adjacent to the parking area that has live bands during the summer. Just FYI

« on: May 20, 2009, 04:20:33 pm »
Hi everyone, we are looking for a volunteer(s) to help install the new disc golf course at Perry Lake.  We are willing to provide a free campsite with electricity to any person that would like to spend the summer helping with the installation.  Volunteers would be required to spend at least (20) hours/week performing such tasks as the following:

Tree removal/trimming
Brush clearing
flagging trees
Mowing fairways
bridge building
equipment installation
tee pad prep work
other work as assigned by Park Rangers

Campsite has access to shower/restroom facilities/water/dump station.  If interested please contact me at the following:
Kyle Broockerd
office (785)597-5144
work cell (785)215-4216
personal cell (913)269-5098

« on: May 17, 2009, 12:13:02 pm »
discglover, the restrooms are up in the campground up on top of the hill from where the course is.  If I were to arrange free camping it would have to be at an actual site up in the campground.  The actual sites available would depend on what is reserved for that weekend.  Unfortunately on Memorial Day Weekend the whole place is booked up, so it would have to be sometime other than the Holiday weekends. Just let me know if any of you want to help out. Thanks again.

Kyle Broockerd

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