Wildwood Park is preparing for the Ottumwa Fall Classic this weekend.
The disc golf event–to commemorate the park’s newly designed course–is scheduled for 9:30 AM on Sunday, October 18th.
According to a press release, Tom Cremer, one of the original course designers, and Charles Paulk of Ottumwa are responsible for organizing the event which is the oldest consecutive disc golf tournament in Iowa and one of the oldest in the Midwest.
Five designers provided plans to re-design and lengthen the entire course. Each hole features multiple tee pads and pin
locations to provide play for a variety of skill levels. The event is sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association.
The course was originally designed in 1979. Cremer, along with Marty Ellenberger, Bob Kramer, Mike Waskowiak, and Rick Wemer. Kramer organized the recent renovations to the course through the newly formed non-profit 501©3 “Friends of Ottumwa’s Parks” foundation. In 1979, Wildwood Park’s disc golf course was one of three in Iowa. Today, there are over 275 in the state.
“We are very excited and pleased with the newly renovated disc golf course!” said Bob Kramer, president of the Friends of Ottumwa’s Parks foundation board. “With the unbridled popularity of disc golf growth during Covid, many disc golf manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for discs. Our course now offers a challenging and varied course Configuration from recreational to professional player skill level. Friends of Ottumwa’s Parks is going to do great things in Ottumwa and we are so pleased that we were able to make these much-needed
improvements through their financial support and the hundreds of volunteer hours donated to our course improvement. This is a disc golf course to be proud of!”
All 72 slots for the tournament have been filled. The public is welcome to view and attend the event.