Oldsmar’s Disc Golf Course at Sheffield Park officially opens to the public

(L-R) Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis and Council members Gabby McGee and Eric Seidel engage in a disc-tossing contest during the grand opening ceremony for the new Disc Golf Course at Sheffield Park on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Oldsmar’s Disc Golf Course at Sheffield Park officially opened to the public following a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

The 18-hole, championship level course, which measures more than 8,600 feet and features three levels of playability, is the latest addition in a string of eco-sports attractions in the city, including the zipline adventure park at Mobbly Bayou Preserve and more than 10 miles of interconnected bicycle and pedestrian trails.

Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis celebrates a successful toss during the grand opening of the Disc Golf Course at Sheffield Park.

“It’s awesome,” Mayor Doug Bevis said after he engaged in a friendly competition with Council members Gabby McGee and Eric Seidel to see who could throw a disc the furthest. “These are the kind of things that Oldsmar is all about.”

“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 play it, but it will attract players from all over the area to play disc golf in Pinellas County,” he added. “And the best part about it is it’s free!”

At least one veteran disc golfer who made the trip across the bay for the grand opening was impressed with the course.

Dennis Luna of Tampa said that while the Oldsmar course was challenging, it also contains design elements rarely seen at similar facilities.

“It’s tough. It’s a real tough course,” 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.”

“I like the design, the tee pads are awesome, and the signage is good, letting you know the distance of each hole, and having three levels is exceptional,” he added, noting, “This is right up there as one of the harder courses in the area.”

Oldsmar Leisure Services Director Felicia Donnelly and Mayor Doug Bevis take aim at a practice disc golf basket during the opening ceremony of the city’s Disc Golf Course at Sheffield Park on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Oldsmar Leisure Services Director Felicia Donnelly was quick to point out the ability to play the course at any level of difficulty you want, in any order you want, is one of the course’s biggest draws.

“You have the ability to make your own experience, to play any hole at any time at any of the three levels of difficulty,” Donnelly said, noting beginner disc sets are available for check out at the library.

“Plus it’s free to the public, so it really gives you some flexibility as a player.”

Donnelly, who took over for longtime department director Lynn Rives in February, said the disc golf course fits in line with the city’s growing sports tourism industry.

“People already drove from all over the county to experience our course and experience active recreation in nature,” she said.

“We expect this course will continue our goal of bringing eco-tourism attractions to the city.”

If you go:

  • What: Oldsmar Disc Golf Course at Sheffield Park
  • Where: Sheffield Park, 1923 Cutty Bay Ct, Oldsmar
  • Details: Oldsmar’s latest eco-tourism attraction is a championship level disc golf course featuring three sets of tees for pro, intermediate and beginner players. The 18-hole course measures 8,664 feet long from the gold tees and offers spectacular views of the park, including fiddler crabs that adorn the course logo.
  • Cost: Free to play; beginner disc sets can be checked out at the Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Dr. E.
  • Info: Call 813-749-1260 or visit OldsmarDiscGolf.com for more information

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