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Disc golf attracting visitors to Sam Houston Jones State Park

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A cross between frisbee and golf, disc golf is catching on in Southwest Louisiana. So much so, there is now an 18-hole course amid the trees and wildlife of Sam Houston Jones State Park.

The course is the dream of the late Bob Rodgers, who died in November of 2010.

"He was an avid disc golfer. He would be thrilled by the course being here, by people being able to get outdoor recreation. But he would be appalled at personal recognition involved," said Joe Thacker, Rodger's son-in-law.

The course now bears Bob's name and is welcoming newcomers to the sport -- like Jordan Sellers, who started playing October.

"Yeah, it was pretty addicting. I'm 27 years old, so it's hard to find things you can be competitive at. You can't play tackle football when you get older, so it's good to find something you can be competitive at but at a little older age. So, I was hooked right away," said Sellers.

Others are considered old pros. David Clayton has been throwing discs since the mid 90s and said it's the fastest growing sport in the United States for senior citizens.

"Because you get out, walking outdoors, doing exercise, twisting and using flexible motions to throw discs and bending down and picking up discs. So, it's a great sport for seniors," said Clayton. 

Just like golf, players have to account for wind, dodge troublesome trees, and know their own strength.

While some of the game is skill, the other half is persistence.

"You definitely have to practice some shots. Really know your discs and learn angles to throw it and make it do what you want it to do," said Jonathan Gibbs.  

Unlike golf, there are no green fees here. However, depending on your interest, you can spend some money on discs.

"When I throw this one it tends to go more to the left and when I throw this one it tends to go more to the right.. Then you have your drivers and they all do different things," said Trinity Cline.

The installation of the new course has attendance up at Sam Houston Jones State Park.

"We have had a lot of disc golfers come out. Probably around 50 a week. We don't have a specific tally of just how many disc golfers, but on any given Sunday there are at least 20 to 30 people," said Nicole Adams, Sam Houston Jones State Park Manager.

There are three courses to play based on skill level. The disc golf course was made possible by donations from Lake Charles Toyota, MidSouth Bank and Diamond Lumber in Moss Bluff.

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