RAINIER — Nathan Soule has played disc golf only a handful of times, but his lack of experience didn’t stop him from creating a 9-hole course at Rainier Riverfront Park for his Eagle Scout project.
“I went over to Trojan, and they have a big one,” Nathan said. “And I couldn’t think of an Eagle project, so I figured why not bring one here. ... I think it turned out great.”
The $2,600 project, completed late last year, is proving to be a popular place to hang out.
Nathan took about two years to plan the project, which took only two days to build. He received donations from groups and individuals, and 10 volunteers helped the 17-year-old Rainier High School senior pour concrete for each of the nine numbered tee boxes and holes and install metal baskets.
Nathan, an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 332, worked with the designer of the 18-hole course at Trojan Park to create his own.
Eagle Scouts must complete a community service project as the culmination of the Boy Scouts program. Many Rainier Eagles have undertaken projects to improve and beautify Fox Creek. Nathan wanted his project to stand out.
“There has been a lot of Eagles that have gone through Rainier, and no one has done something like this before,” he said.
It didn’t take long for disc golf enthusiasts to take notice of his work. Nathan said people were out on his course tossing colored discs around the week after it was finished. “It’s crazy how word gets around.”
The longest hole on the course is between 150 yards and 220 yards. The fifth hole is Nathan’s favorite. It’s relatively short, but the hole is nestled on a small patch of grass surrounded by sidewalk — which is out-of-bounds in disc golf.
“There’s not much room to work with,” he said.
His course has mostly received rave reviews. Nathan said most people have told him the most challenging part of the course are the crosswinds that come from being so close to the Columbia River.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about it,” Nathan said. “People always say it was easy, but it wasn’t too easy.”