“You do and they will come” – Shaw Local

GENOA – River Run Disc Golf, a new nine-hole course is ready for action at the David Carroll Memorial Citizens Park in Genoa thanks to the efforts of the Wonderful of the Kishwaukee Valley and the Public Works Department of Genoa.

The course is only four weeks old, but a hole-in-one has already been recorded on the second hole. Kevin Schweitzer, who started disc golf less than a year ago, was playing the course with his son when he pulled off the feat. Humbly, he asserted that no skill was involved: “It was luck,” he said.

“I threw it with my son, and he threw a perfect pitch,” Schweitzer said. “And like any dad would try to do, try to outplay your son, and I threw a terrible pitch but he hit a tree, tipped and went into the basket, which was super satisfying .”

After the hole-in-one, Schweitzer said he ended up with the worst round he had ever had on the new course.

“But I got a hole-in-one that day,” Schweitzer said. “And he [Schweitzer’s son] haven’t received any yet. And I will never do it again.

Genoa public works director Janice Melton said she was approached by Brian Wallace, vice president of the Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers – a family group that promotes making fitness fun – about the concept of installing a disc course. golf last year.

“I’ve never played disc golf myself, but I loved the idea of ​​bringing something like that to Genoa,” Melton said. “I didn’t know it was so popular. But Brian said to me, ‘You do it and they will come.’ And they did.

Wallace said Melton told him last year that the public works department had agreed to clear space for the disc golf course because public works crews had already planned to clear the forest area because it was filled with dead trees. Wallace and the Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers just needed to find sponsors to pay for the nine hoops. Baskets are what a disc golfer aims to throw their Frisbee into – in as few attempts as possible, all the way down the course.

“Last year at Volks Fest we pitched the idea,” Wallace said. “I had nine takers in town who said ‘Yeah, I want to buy a hole’ and we went out and bought the baskets through the winter.”

Wallace, however, said the Genoa City Department of Public Works is the real reason the course was created.

During the winter, when it was not snowing, the public works department went out and removed overgrown, dead or dying trees from the David Carroll Memorial Citizens Park. Melton said the department generally controls invasive species in the winter, which is consistent with efforts to clear golf course fairways. No large, healthy-looking trees were cut for this business.

“My guys did a hell of a job – guys and gals – removing a lot of the drop,” Melton said. “We cut it down, and we brought a lot of it out for the general public to take away because it’s the wood of the community.”

The equipment debuted last month and Melton said the course has already received rave reviews.

The Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers were formed over eight years ago to promote walking and non-competitive sports. The efforts of the organization result each year in Volkfest, which is a three-day event with events hosted by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, the Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers and others. The event will take place this year from September 9 to 11.

On Friday, the Genoa Chamber of Commerce and the Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers will present Lucha Libre wrestling from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Mexican wrestling group will feature five bouts billed as high-flying, hard-hitting matches. Adult tickets are $12, tickets for children ages 5-12 are $8, and children under 5 are free to enter.

On Saturday, the Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers host the seventh annual Volksmarch 6K/10K fun and fitness walk. This is a free event intended to inspire the public to get out and enjoy the walking trails along the Kishwaukee River and through Genoa. The public is encouraged to begin the popular march, which means volksmarch in German, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on September 10 from the David Carroll Memorial Citizens Park.

Later in the day is the Biergarten Craft Beer and Wine Festival. According genoavolksfest.org, craft beer brewers and wineries within 60 miles of Genoa will showcase their best deals. General admission tickets are $30 and VIP tickets, which grant ticket holders early access to the festival, are $55. The Lenny’s, a cover band with a repertoire spanning five decades, will perform in conjunction with the adult beverage event.

On Sunday, more than 2,000 rubber ducks will compete in the Great Genoa Duck Race at 1 p.m. at the same location. Those wishing to participate in the race can purchase a duck from the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce or from Tobinson’s Ace Hardware, Resource Bank, Northern Illinois Rehab, Heartland Bank and First Midwest Bank. The owner of the winning duck will receive $500.

During all of this weekend’s events, Schweitzer and Wallace said they hope people enjoy the disc golf course directly adjacent to the festivities. Wallace said Saturday’s beer and wine festival gives people the opportunity to play disc golf while drinking their favorite drink.

Wallace also hopes to use the festival to gain support and sponsors to help the course continue to grow. To do this, the Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers are sale of t-shirts and stickers, with all proceeds going towards the development of DeKalb County’s brand new disc golf course. T-shirts are $20 and stickers are $5.

“Hopefully on the ninth, tenth, and eleventh, we’ll tell everybody at Volksfest, you know, ‘Hey, put your money in there,'” Wallace said.

Organizers said they hope to eventually develop the 9-hole course into a full 18-hole experience.

Melton said she thought a back nine was definitely a possibility, but she wanted to see the front nine holes get pristine first.

“We want to perfect that first before moving forward again. I’m going to have to pay attention to my other wooded areas for invasive species control this year, and then we can go back and work on nine more somewhere,” Melton said. “Anything is possible, it’s just a matter of time, not so much money, it’s just time.”

In the meantime, the course is open to the public to enjoy for free.

Both Wallace and Schweitzer agreed that, compared to the price of regular golf, playing for free makes it much easier to not get frustrated with a bad shot. During a game on September 1, Wallace threw his first birdie on the par-three course.

“It was awesome,” Wallace said, “it shows that I’ve improved, dramatically improved. I think the hole-in-one is what’s really impressive.