HULL—If you happen to go to Westside Park in Hull and see what seem to be saucers flying around, do not be alarmed — those are not unidentified flying objects.
The city park located at the intersection of Birch and Center streets on the west side of town is home to the Hull Disc Golf Course, which is marking its five-year anniversary in 2019.
“It’s been a nice addition to fill the open space at the park,” said Todd Woelber, the city of Hull’s parks supervisor.
Father-and-son Jerry and Tyson Boer of Hull came up with the idea for installing an outdoor nine-hole disc golf course at one of the parks in the Sioux County community of about 2,300.
“They were playing at different parks,” Woelber said. “Coming and walking through here, they thought that they could come up with an idea for a course.
“The two of them put the holes together,” he said. “We drilled the holes up and set the posts. The tee boxes we cut ourselves. We set everything in place and away we went.”
He explained why the Boers threw around the idea of bringing a disc golf course to Hull.
“They thought that there would be a good demand for it,” Woelber said. “It actually did turn out to be good. The first couple years — it’s crazy how busy it was.”
The disc golf course became so popular so fast that De Jong Hardware Hank in Hull started selling flying discs.
“The community picked up on it,” Woelber said. “It’s kind of a nice deal for the community. It’s a family outing. Mom and Dad and all the kids can do it.”
The disc golf course is a popular place during the warm-weather months each year. The game is played using rules similar to golf, except with flying discs instead of golf balls and clubs.
“In the spring and early summer, it’s kind of busy, then it dies out for a little bit,” Woelber said. “Just about when school’s going to start picking up, it seems like kids start going at it again.”
He has seen some disc golf players carrying their individual flying discs around the course and others who bring bags of flying discs to throw. There is no fee to pay to play.
“It’s just neat to see the different variety of people coming out here of all ages,” Woelber said. “There are a lot of locals. You get some from other area towns that just want to play a different course.”
Improvements are being planned for the disc golf course, but the soonest any of them would happen would be next year.
“We kind of hope in the future here to make some additions to it,” Woelber said. “Just adding some cement to the tee box areas — that would probably be the first thing we would do.”
Each hole’s grassy tee box has a marker that tells players what number they are on, but none of the targets have flags or signs indicating what numbers they are for.
“We really don’t have anywhere to expand this golf course in here,” Woelber said. “We’ll maybe put hole markers on top of our goals. That would be another thing that would be a nice addition to make.”