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Concrete pads coming to Hinsdale disc golf course

Emanuel (Manoli) Manioudakis of Villa Park throws his disc from the second tee of the KLM disc golf course in Hinsdale. The dirt area will be replaced with a concrete pad. | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media  Sept. 4, 2013
Emanuel (Manoli) Manioudakis of Villa Park watches how close his disc lands to the second hole, or basket, on the KLM disc golf course in Hinsdale. Concrete soon will cover the exposed dirt with a smooth surface. | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media  Sept. 4, 2013
Wooden posts mark each tee area of the KLM disc golf course and show the diagram of the “hole,” the distance to the basket and the par. | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media  Sept. 4, 2013

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HINSDALE — The finishing touches will be added to the disc golf course in Katherine Legge Memorial Park in Hinsdale.

Gina Hassett, the village’s director of parks and recreation, said concrete pads will be installed at each of the course’s 18 teeing areas for between $9,000 and $10,000. She expects the work to start by Sept. 23.

When the course was built last year, gravel was placed temporarily around the tees where players stand to throw their Frisbee-like discs at a series of metal chain baskets throughout the northeast section of the park, at 5901 S. County Line Road.

But the gravel has given away to packed dirt, or at times,mud, after almost a year of use.

Waiting a year to install the concrete pads allowed time to evaluate the flow of the course and position of each basket. The disc golf players who helped design the course were asked to suggest if any basket should be relocated, before the concrete was poured. With the exception of one hole, almost everything will stay where it is, Hassett said.

Emanuel Manioudakis of Villa Park, who was playing the course on Sept. 4, said it’s one of the better suburban disc golf courses in the area.

“It’s nicely positioned and well-oriented,” Manioudakis said.

And other people in the park are very friendly, including the people walking their dogs, Manioudakis.

“They sit and watch you play for awhile. The dogs are really well-behaved, too. I haven’t seen one yet chase after the disc,” Manioudakis said.

Hasset said it is a diverse group that uses the course.

“I’m not sure of the demographics, but we have people in their 40s, people in their 20s, and kids coming after high school,” she said.

The tee pads are the only expense the village will pay for creating the course. The village received a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and a grant from Lyons Township of $150,000 each to pay for the rest of the equipment and installation.

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