@charset "utf-8"; /* CSS Document */ p { font-family: "Comic Sans MS", sans-serif; font-size: 20pt;} blockquote { width: 100%; font-size: 18pt; font-style: italic; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', sans-serif; margin: 10px 10px 10px 10px; padding: 10px; } h1 { h1 class="title"; font-size: 14pt; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-top: 0; line-height: 1.2; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', Arial, sans-serif; color:#000000; text-transform: uppercase;} .da_body h1 { font-size: 40px; margin-bottom: 5px;margin-top:0; line-height: 1.2; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', Arial, sans-serif; color: #123D63}

HomeNewsArticle Display

19th AW aces third space initiative with disc golf course

A graphic of a disc golf course.

Wild Oaks Disc Golf Course is an extensive and robust 18-hole course that is both challenging and rewarding to new and veteran players. Herk Nation Disc Golf Club hosts free clinics every Saturday morning at 8 a.m., followed by a round of disc golf at 9 a.m. (Courtesy graphic)

A group of people pose for a photo before playing disc golf.

Team Little Rock members pose for a photo prior to completing a free disc golf clinic at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Aug. 8, 2020. The course itself is free to play, however if you are in need of discs, they can be rented for the day by ODR for $5 a kit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

A photo of a disc golf course with a pond in the background.

“The Home of Herk Nation” is now home to the highest-rated disc golf course in Arkansas thanks to 19th Force Support Squadron’s Outdoor Recreation and Maj. Andrew Ferguson, 19th Security Forces Squadron commander. Wild Oaks Disc Golf Course is an extensive and robust 18-hole course that is both challenging and rewarding to new and veteran players. (Courtesy photo)

Maj. Andrew Ferguson throws a disc into the basket on the new disc golf course.

Maj. Andrew Ferguson, 19th Security Forces Squadron commander, plays a round of disc golf at the Wild Oaks Disc Golf Course on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark, Aug. 8, 2020. Ferguson, a disc golf ambassador and designer of the course, wanted to share his love for the sport and offer a third space for members of Team Little Rock. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

A graphic explaining the rules and scoring mode of disc golf.

The Herk Nation Disc Golf Club hosts free clinics every Saturday morning at 8 a.m., followed by a round of disc golf at 9 a.m. Wild Oaks Disc Golf Course is and extensive and robust 18-hold course welcoming beginners and veteran alike. (Courtesy Graphic)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- Disc golf, a growing sport around the globe, has officially made its way to Little Rock Air Force Base. “The Home of Herk Nation” is now home to the highest-rated disc golf course in Arkansas thanks to 19th Force Support Squadron’s Outdoor Recreation and Maj. Andrew Ferguson, 19th Security Forces Squadron commander.

A disc golf ambassador and the Wild Oaks Disc Golf Course designer, Ferguson wanted to share his love for the sport and offer a third space for members of Team Little Rock.

“I was first introduced to disc golf by a friend during my college years in California,” Ferguson said. “I’ve been throwing all sorts of discs for as long as I can remember and fell in love with the sport of disc golf right away. I’m passionate about playing and growing the sport. It is incredibly rewarding to introduce people to disc golf, teach them the rules, ethics, and fundamentals, and watch their skills and interest grow pretty rapidly.”

In May 2019, the Deer Run Golf Course closed permanently due to a decreasing trend in participation – both in amount of play and memberships. However, the closure meant the golf course grounds were available to be repurposed to benefit other Morale, Welfare and Readiness programs, such as Outdoor Recreation, to expand the services provided to Airmen and their families.

“ODR had intent to repurpose some of the space and I offered to design and develop a disc golf course,” Ferguson said. “They gave me the green light and our partnership was born. Matt Carr has been my biggest ally and together we completed the project in about a year.”

Wild Oaks Disc Golf Course, an extensive and robust 18-hole course, is both challenging and rewarding to new and veteran players, Ferguson emphasized. According to UDisc, the official app of the Professional Disc Golf Association, it is the No. 1 rated disc golf course in Arkansas and among the highest rated nationally. 

“Ferguson was 100% the key player in getting this course designed and installed correctly,” said Matt Carr, 19th Force Support Squadron recreation assistant. “He guided ODR on what equipment we should buy to allow this course to last and to make it most enjoyable for players. The love he has for the game is really reflected in the course and the extreme hard work he puts into it are what make it the number one rated course in the entire state of Arkansas.”

This course is another shining example of the third space initiative, the 19th Airlift Wing’s effort to develop locations across the installation where service members and their families can go to unwind from the stressors of work and home life.

“Disc Golf and other activities are very important to have in our community because it offers the ability to recharge their batteries, enjoy the base and have fun,” Carr said. “It’s crucial to bolster and sustain mental and physical health, and the new course provides both of those things. The beautiful walk between holes, full of wildlife and sprawling oak trees, is a great way to relax by yourself and it lets conversation flow between friends. The challenge of planning and executing your throw provides the perfect mental challenge.” 

Ferguson and Carr hope to bring more attention to the sport and offer a venue for more TLR members to learn in a pressure-free environment.

“Disc golf is fun for the entire family, easy to learn, and healthy for the mind, body, and soul,” Ferguson said. “Come join Herk Nation Disc Golf Club and play your best disc golf!” 

Herk Nation Disc Golf Club hosts free clinics every Saturday morning at 8 a.m., followed by a round of disc golf at 9 a.m. The course itself is free to play, however if you are in need of discs, they can be rented for the day by ODR for $5 a kit. For more information, call ODR at 501-987-3365.

USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.