Disc Downtown brings urban disc golf to the streets of Grand Rapids

An urban disc golf tournament was held in downtown Grand Rapids on Sunday, Nov. 12.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Only thunder and lightening would have kept disc golfers from making their way around an 18-hole disc golf course through downtown Grand Rapids on Sunday, Nov. 12. 

Disc Downtown is a three-person led nonprofit determined to make waves for the urban disc golf scene. This weekend, the team did just that, by hosting the first ever sanctioned tournament in a downtown setting. 

Steve Hedstrom, Andrea Lange and Sam Smigiel designed the course that made its way around Grand Valley State's Pew campus and the Grand River. 

More than 50 participants showed up despite both snowy and rainy conditions. 

Sponsors like Family Fare, The Intersection and Thornapple Brewing Company made the tournament possible. 

But a key sponsor, Discraft, allowed the event to become a reality with their newly designed discs. The discs were designed to be softer in order to prevent any damage to cars or buildings downtown, which played a key role in the city allowing the event to happen. 

The Disc Downtown team said they have already received calls from other cities hoping to bring an urban tournament to their area. 

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