Introducing…The Casey Logan Disc Golf Course
In the shadow of the Wright Brothers National Memorial, the actual site where man first took flight, an object comes into view against a Carolina Blue sky and floats gently toward its intended target….
Welcome to the world of disc golf right here on the Outer Banks at the Casey Logan Disc Golf Course.
It could have become a dog park. Or even a swimming pool. But it didn’t, largely because of a generous $15,000 donation by town residents Lin and Bob Logan in November of 2015, along with the dedication of a small group of local residents.
Located on a portion of the 44-acre Baum Tract, the course is tucked away behind the First Flight High School athletic field and around the corner from the Dare County Sheriff Office’s ropes course in Kill Devil Hills.
The Logans, who moved to the Outer Banks permanently in 1999 and once owned Logan’s Ice Cream, made the donation in the memory of their son, Casey, who died in December of 2000 at the age of 24.
“For a long time, we had been wanting to make a donation on behalf of [Casey],” says Lin, adding that Casey loved playing disc golf. “When we heard about the disc golf course, we knew it was the right match.”
Lin said Casey first started playing the game when he was 17 at a place called Bayview Farms in Virginia. “We first thought of creating a scholarship in his name at Virginia Wesleyan University, where he had been a student and where I had been a professor, but Casey wasn’t big on school and this was a more natural fit.”
The donation will ensure the Logan’s naming rights to the park in perpetuity.
As part of a group commissioned by the town to determine the best use for the tract, Kill Devil Hills resident Daryl Davies has spearheaded efforts from nearly the beginning.
“The early and large donation by the Logans certainly made it easier to get the ball rolling with fundraising,” Davies said. But even with the Logans’ substantial donation, more money was needed for the $45,500 project. It didn’t take long before members of the Logans’ extended family stepped up and donated enough for six benches that are situated throughout the course and cost $500 each.
Other businesses and individuals quickly got on board as well, contributing money for tee boxes, benches and baskets, which each cost $500. In exchange, their full color logo or message will be displayed for a three-year period, with right of first refusal thereafter.
There was even an anonymous donor who paid for a bench on Hole 18 to honor all military veterans, according to Davies.
This summer, construction of the course was well underway as part of what could easily be described as a grassroots effort. The clearing, cleanup, and cutting of pines into six foot sections to be hauled away was accomplished by a group of dedicated individuals, businesses and the town – all pulling together to get it all ready.
Temporary tee boxes were installed, with permanent ones slated to go up this fall. Each hole on the course has either two tee boxes or two baskets, which will allow for either general play or for a pro course. There are red, white and blue tees so that users can choose which course they would like to play.
After eight years of working on this project, Davies says he feels a sense of satisfaction seeing his dream come to fruition. But he says he couldn’t have done it alone.
“Firstly, I need to thank the town of Kill Devil Hills for the use of the land,” Davies says. “And without the Logan family jumping on board so quickly and donating, fundraising may have been a much more difficult process.”
Davies also gave a shout out to Advanced Trees, who cleared the trees; Bob Sanders of Tortuga’s Lie, who was there doing the intense physical work and served as Davies right hand through the process; dentists and brothers Markus and Gunther Heyder and Mark Shelton, who helped get the course ready.
The Casey Logan Disc Golf Course is free and open year round from dawn to dusk. The rules are simple, says Davies. “Be respectful when playing. Let faster players play through, and remember to leave the course in better condition than you found it.”
The grand opening is slated for the spring of 2018, but Assistant Town Manager Shawn Murphy says it is anticipated the course will be open for public use sometime this fall. For more information on the park, as well as sponsorships, visit obxdg.com
As for Davies, in a rare moment of sitting back and relaxing, he considered what role he will play in organizing tournaments once the course is fully operational.
“I’m sure all that will happen, but for now I’m just looking forward to playing some disc golf.”♦
Greg Smrdel, while his physical body lives in Ohio (for now), his soul will always remain on the Outer Banks.