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Vandals strike at local disc golf course

Published: Jul. 31, 2016 at 8:28 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 31, 2016 at 10:29 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The discs will be flying like normal soon at an east side city park, but for now, the Groves Park near Escalante and Kolb is missing three baskets.  Disc golf is similar to ball golf, but instead of hitting a ball into a hole, the goal is to get the disc into a basket.
 
This week the disc golf course at the Groves was hit by vandals. They knocked down, bent and destroyed three baskets, holes six, seven, and eight.

"You know some kids with too much time on their hands or people with too much time on their hands do things that they shouldn't," says Dave Shircore, 
treasurer of the Tucson Disc Golf Club. He has been playing the sport for more than 30 years. Today, he and some members of TDGC were at Santa Cruz River park playing in a tournament.
 
Shircore says disc golf is very popular and the Groves is a popular place to play. They have events there every week and sometimes those events have 30 to 40 people, but with the holes gone, it will be a bit of a challenge to play.

"That particular course only had 9 baskets.  It plays forward for 9 and backwards for 9, so now instead of playing 18 holes, we can only play 12," says Shircore.
 
This isn't the first time the course has been hit. About three to four months ago, three young men pulled a basket out of the ground and tried to run away with it.  Someone yelled at them, and they d ropped the basket.
 
"They're working to refurbish the damaged baskets and was told that the City of Tucson Parks and Rec would be working to get new baskets out on the course."
 
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