It's about a half-a-year old but Camdenton's disc golf course has already gained admiration from veterans and novices for its unique design and challenging environment. The course located along the Natural Trail path near the City Ball Park mixes in an element of hiking while testing your disc golf abilities. Featuring long, short and odd-shaped holes, the course goes away from the common open-field design of others.


It's about a half-a-year old but Camdenton's disc golf course has already gained admiration from veterans and novices for its unique design and challenging environment. 

The course located along the Natural Trail path near the City Ball Park mixes in an element of hiking while testing your disc golf abilities.

Featuring long, short and odd-shaped holes, the course goes away from the common open-field design of others.

After Camdenton resident Gary Braman first pitched the idea of a course to the City Council in June 2010, volunteers pitched in for construction. Despite the layout and first basket only being constructed last summer, play began in January.

"It's been a blur how fast the course has developed," Braman said. "I got a few guys from around town to start helping. And then a few more guys started helping. After a while, you get enough help that it comes along pretty quickly."

Here are some things to know if you're interested in playing.

What to bring
Shoes suitable for hiking, a few discs, water and comfortable clothing.
    
Types of discs
Braman recommends players have three discs: A driver (long-range), a mid-range (150 feet and in), and a putter (for shorter distances). If you can only bring one disc, Braman says go with the mid-range.

Course layout
10 par-3 holes. There are some longer recreational par 4s. You'll have to aim through trees, rocks, shrubs and hills. The baskets are currently in the "short position" and will remain there until at least the first weekend of June, Braman said.

How many people go?
Braman estimates that the course currently gets about two dozen players per week, more on weekends.

How long does it take to play?
About 45 minutes to complete all 10 holes for one player. Each additional player adds about 20 minutes.

Navigation
Each hole has a sign with layout and par information. Signs are also posted on trees to help players find their way.

Signature hole
Hole 3 has become a popular spot. With players beginning from atop a hill and the basket at the bottom, No. 3 gives you a massive overview and lets you really let loose on your first throw. And when the Dogwoods bloom in the spring? "It's just beautiful," Braman said.

Feedback
Braman has gotten support from players in Jefferson City and Lebanon. "We help each other out any way possible," he said. Overall, the course has gotten vast approval. Braman said some players that can throw far don't like the course as much because it's a "technical course."

How good's the expert?
Braman said even par was his best round. He's gotten four aces (three verified), including one on Tuesday while displaying the course to the Lake Sun.

Course info
Location: 570 Ball Park Road, Camdenton.
Where: to find it Begins near the entrance of the Natural Trail path by the City Ball Park
Hours: Daylight to sunset
Admission: Free to anyone
Facebook: Like the course on Facebook by searching "Camdenton, Mo. Disc Golf"