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Disc golf course among Buckwalter Rec Center masterplan proposals

A disc golf course is one of many proposed additions to Buckwalter’s Leisure Center master plan.

Bluffton and Beaufort County are seeking City approval to amend the plan with the following changes:

• Reduced the number of new soccer fields at the north end of the center from three to two.

• Remove plans for a sports pavilion near existing soccer fields.

• Replacement of three proposed baseball diamonds, one press box and concession facilities with two new soccer fields.

• Added a new maintenance building.

• Added a disc golf course along Buckwalter Parkway, north of Barton’s Run Crossing.

City Council will vote on the changes at a future meeting. The Bluffton Planning Commission last month recommended that council approve them.

The disc golf course is said to be the first in Bluffton, according to the UDisc app’s course database. Other Lowcountry courses include one at Sergeant Jasper Park in Hardeeville, two on Hilton Head Island, and one in Beaufort.

The Buckwalter course would be nine holes and include a shade clubhouse, according to the proposed master plan.

City documents indicate that the soccer complex at the north end of the recreation center currently has three soccer fields, a restroom building, and a covered seating area. The existing master plan includes three other adjacent fields and a sports pavilion. The amended plan would reduce this to two new fields with a larger car park.

Officials are looking to add soccer fields in place of a baseball complex to the south of the recreation center‘s indoor facility. The current master plan calls for three baseball diamonds and related facilities. According to the amended plan, part of this land would be used for two football pitches and a toilet building.

Buckwalter Leisure Center, located across from Bluffton School Complex on Buckwalter Parkway, is city-owned and county-operated. Formerly called Buckwalter Community Park, it currently includes a football complex, an outdoor skate park, and an indoor facility with a weight room, track, and basketball and racquetball courts.

The existing master plan includes a planned tennis center at the south end of the property. The layout of the center would be reconfigured under the amended plan.

The tennis center would include 16 lighted courts, shaded seating areas, an 8,000 square foot building, an event lawn and 104 parking spaces. The other proposed parking lot at the soccer complex would add 231 spaces.