Former disc golf course moved and upgraded to Warren County Armco Park

Sam Hartleroad, Garrett Heise, Brian Foster and J.P. Elam (from right) admire Russ Foster’s tee shot from the 3rd hole of the disc golf course at Armco Park in Warren County. STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD
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Sam Hartleroad, Garrett Heise, Brian Foster and J.P. Elam (from right) admire Russ Foster’s tee shot from the 3rd hole of the disc golf course at Armco Park in Warren County. STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD

The Turtle Creek Community disc golf course has been upgraded at Armco Park in Warren County.

The course was removed from its original location across the street on Ohio 741 with the creation of the new Warren County Sports Park at Union Village.

Joe Mihalek, the owner and operator of disc golf company Miami Valley Disc Golf, and two other experienced disc golfers designed the new course for Warren County.

“It took us about 2 months, in spare time, to design the course at Armco Park,” explained Mihalek. “Many factors came into play as the park is shared between many public activities.”

There are numerous disc golf courses in the Miami Valley that are at public parks and are free to play. For example, Belmont Park, which is the closest 18-hole course to downtown Dayton, Community Park in Fairborn, Sycamore Trails in Miamisburg and now, Armco.

“There are many nice disc golf courses between Dayton and Cincinnati,” explained Mihalek. “There are very few exceptions where a course is private or costs money to play. In given time, I believe Armco Park will be a crowd favorite for players that have advanced disc golf skills.”

In addition to creating the updated course at Armco, Mihalek’s company is a vendor in Warren County where he offers disc golf equipment in the Armco Park golf course pro shop. In addition to selling disc golf equipment, the company offers disc golf course designs like the one that they did for Warren County.

“We are proud that we could deliver this design to meet the needs of the local communities. We also plan to do another course design for other counties in the Miami Valley,” Mihalek said.

The free disc golf course at Armco Park includes the repurposed baskets from the Turtle Creek course. The course targets disc golfers of advanced skill levels and according to Mihalek, is very easy on the eyes.

“Park maintenance has overseen maintaining it and it will only get better as players continue to visit and beat it,” said Mihalek.

The Armco Park course is now playable, but there are two spots where bridges are in the process of being built.