KSA Closes River Grove Disc Golf Course for Remodeling
Kingwood, TX – KSA announced today that it is temporarily closing the disc golf course at River Grove Park while it makes improvements to the course.
“Last year’s drought took a heavy toll on the course,” said Dee Price, KSA President. “A number of dead trees must be removed to ensure the safety of players and the public.”
“At the same time, we need to remove or relocate three fairways because they encroach on adjoining land,” said Dick McGucken, Chairman of KSA’s Park’s Committee.
The KSA Parks Committee voted at its November 1st meeting to temporarily close the course. “This will give us a chance to evaluate alternatives, formulate a plan for renovation, and approve funding for changes,” said Price.
“Previously, the KSA Board voted at its October meeting to permanently remove three fairways (4, 5, and 6) touching private, neighboring land,” said McGucken. “The KSA Parks Committee will be assessing potential realignment of the course to determine where these fairways could be reinstalled on KSA land.”
“To accommodate these changes, we need to close the course while we look at revising the layout and removing the drought-stricken trees. This could be an ideal window,” said Price. “The tree problem may help us address the course layout problem.”
Said McGucken, “At the same time, we’re asking the Parks Committee to look into ways to improve long-term maintenance. We’re making this a high priority and as soon as these issues are resolved, we’ll try to get the course open again as soon as possible.”
Because the course is not fenced in, the Parks Committee decided that the only effective way to close the course while crews are assessing drought damage and renovating is to remove the baskets temporarily. KSA will also erect temporary signs at the perimeter of the course indicating the course is temporarily closing.
KSA requests all residents to respect the signs and, for their own safety, refrain from using the course until improvements are complete.
“A lot of residents love and use this course,” said McGucken. We don’t want to close it, but we do want to improve it. That’s why we’re forming a subcommittee immediately to begin addressing these issues.”
Price echoed that same sentiment. “This is a case of ‘pardon our dust while we remodel,’” she said.
KSA expects that the changes could take several months but has not set a firm deadline for re-opening the course. “We’ll work as quickly as we can around the weather while working through our procedures,” said Price. “All the community associations in Kingwood will have a say in any new plans that are approved and funded. That will take a little time. We ask disc golf players to understand.”