County Board Supervisor Ken Hall ripped his opponent Brian Dey and The Journal Times Friday for reporting that he wants to spend $250,000 on a new disc golf course in Racine County.
"Disc golf courses do not cost anything close to $250,000," Hall said in a press release. "This ridiculous figure was either made up by my opponent to confuse voters or it is simply sloppy homework."
Dey made the comment in Friday's Journal Times that Hall was not a fiscal conservative because he wanted to spend "$250,000 for Frisbee golf." JT Reporter David Steinkraus wrote the story, which has yet to be uploaded to the JT's website.
Hall estimated the cost of a disc golf course in Racine County at $12,000. Here's Hall's take on the proposal:
Is disc golf controversial? No. It is one of many issues the board works on and it is routine to invest in parks. The likely public cost for a tournament quality course, under the terms of the resolution approved overwhelmingly by the county board is likely to be a bit over $12,000, about half of the cost of a playground. Any course will be a 50/50 public/private partnership, as arranged by the Public Works Committee.Here's a story in the JT from January 2007 reporting the cost of two disc golf courses in the county at $12,000 apiece. A J-S story from Sept. 24, 2006 reports Hall saying two disc golf courses in Racine County would cost $50,000. We couldn't find reference to a disc golf course costing $250,000 to build. Whole parks were estimated at that price, but not just a disc golf course.
Disc golf is like regular golf but played with Frisbee-like discs. Players throw the discs into metal baskets with hanging chains (see right).
UW-Parkside has one of the best disc golf courses in the area, and the university hosts an annual tournament. One nice thing about disc golf is that it's free to play (aside from the cost of buying discs to throw).
Hall and Dey are running for the County Board's 15th District seat. Both have political experience. Dey, a member of the Racine School Board, was an outspoken critic of former Superintendent Tom Hicks.
Hall is finishing his first term on the County Board. He lost to County Executive Bill McReynolds for the county's top spot in 2007.