“Disc golf is an outdoor activity that makes social distancing easy,” said Pumnea. “Players do not share equipment, and there is no contact within the sport. With disc golf, people can reap the benefits of exercise, outdoor exposure and social engagement without compromising their selves or their peers. It’s really a great way to rejuvenate and refresh your mind.”
Over the past 15 years, Pumnea has helped create, maintain or redesign dozens of courses in the country, aiding in the growth of the sport.
His most recent project was the nine-hole course at Duthie Park in Troy.
“This course was special because my fellow designer and good friend, Connor Williams, grew up in Troy and proposed the idea to the local city council. Once the ball got rolling, he asked me if I could help facilitate the design and installation process if we were able to secure funding,” said Pumnea.
After meetings with the Troy Recreation District and city council, the pair secured funding through a grant Pumnea developed in a U of I course. The Troy Recreation District funded 80% of the project and the City of Troy matched the remaining 20%. It opened to the public in 2020.