John Hippen, left, and Owen Ramaekers have been helping build a disc golf course in Bennet over the past few months.
John Hippen, left, and Owen Ramaekers officially opened the Bennet Disc golf course on Saturday afternoon.
Many middle school students might just sit and wonder why their town doesn’t have a disc golf course. But 14-year-old John Hippen and 12-year-old Owen Ramaekers decided to do something about it.
After a lot of paperwork, committee meetings, pouring concrete, and landscaping, the town of Bennet has a new course that opened on Saturday.
The nine-hole course at Whispering Pines Park was built with a $ 2,000 grant from the Bennet Area Community Foundation Fund. The boys also raised money from the community and received a $ 2,000 grant from the Nebraska Community Foundation.
“The Bennet community has been amazing with their support for the boys on this project,” said Julie Hippen, John’s mother.
Ramaekers said he got interested in disc golf through a cousin in Hastings last August, and while finding courses at Waverly and Lincoln, he wanted a course closer to home. He introduced the game to John Hippen, who brought his mother’s idea with him.
The boys made a proposal for a six-hole course to the village council, which approved and eventually allowed them to build nine holes. The course is designed to avoid crossing the bike and hiking trails in the park, said John Hippen, and is spread out across the small park.
Julie Hippen said the boys learned valuable lessons about construction, landscaping and local politics and gave something back to their community along the way.