Two exciting new options for outdoor recreation are now up and running at Highland! The first is our nine-hole disc golf course, which now loops through the woods and fields above and around Mountain View Retreat Center. Each hole has two tee options, so novices can choose the tee with the straightest shot to the basket while experts can enjoy indirect paths and challenging obstacles. Guests have been enjoying this activity since the tee posts and baskets went up in early May, and we fully expect the course to be enjoyed for many years to come. The course is free to all Highland guests; stop by the office to borrow some discs next time you’re here, and see if you can beat 4 under par, the current course record!
The disc golf course was completed in good time, largely because all the posts were in the ground before the weeks of rain rolled in. Our second new activity, the human foosball court, was not so fortunate. Construction of the modified pole barn structure that houses this activity got off to a frustratingly slow start as equipment breakdowns, uncooperative weather, and scheduling challenges all piled up. Despite these setbacks, and the many other demands on his time, facilities manager Gordie Shantz persevered with the project. He was assisted by a variety of staff and volunteers, including Jacob Hess, who pitched in as part of his Eagle Scout project, and a work group of youth from Blue Bell Church of the Brethren and Gospel Hill Mennonite Church. Finally, near the end of July, the game was functional!
Summer campers were able to play human foosball during the last couple weeks of camp, and weekend guests have also tried out the game. Those who have played it have enjoyed it! It’s a great team game (up to 10 players per side) that is active but not too strenuous – everyone hustles to kick the ball, but instead of doing a lot of running with the ball, you need to wait until it comes near you. The game can be enjoyed by people of many ages, and with it located just past the pool area, it makes a great place for groups to visit in conjunction with swimming times. There’s lots to love about human foosball, but don’t take our word for it – come try it out for yourself!