Disc golf course to be installed at Susquehanna Valley Country Club

Mar. 22—SELINSGROVE — An 18-hole disc golf course will open this year at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club in Monroe Township.

Steve Braud, owner of OTB East in Bucks County, designed the highly ranked disc golf course at Faylor Lake in Beaver Springs and is "excited" about the new course he's setting up at the country club.

"Faylor Lake exceeded my expectations," Braud said of the 18-hole course that opened in western Snyder County in 2022 and quickly became an attraction that was ranked 14th in the world and number 1 among all free disc golf courses last year.

A semiprofessional event at the lake last fall brought about 2,000 spectators and prompted discussions about how to attract major competitions and accommodate players and spectators.

With the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau offering to pay for the equipment at a cost of less than $20,000, Executive Director Andrew Miller said, the country club board of directors agreed to allow Braud to design a disc golf course on the back nine of its traditional ball golf course.

"We saw it as a very affordable marketing opportunity," said Miller of the chance to put the visitors bureau's logo on each of the 18 holes.

The disc golf course will also help boost tourism by allowing for large-scale professional competitions at Faylor Lake and provide more lodging and dining options, he said.

"We were looking for other opportunities to showcase the club and this was a good collaborative effort," said Shawn Felty, president of the country club board.

Felty said disc golfers will be asked to check in at the golf shop, which will offer disc golf equipment rentals.

Braud has completed 11 of the 18 holes at the country club which will be playable for all levels and include glow-in-the-dark equipment for evening games.

"It's giving people more of a reason to come to Snyder County," said county Commissioner Joe Kantz who has invited Gov. Josh Shapiro and members of the newly launched state Outdoor Business Alliance to visit Faylor Lake.