2021 Newsmaker: David Marquardt


David Marquardt


GR Parks and Rec/Indian Trails Golf Course

Indian Trails Golf Course in 2021 became the first golf course in the state to be recognized as a speedgolf course by Speedgolf USA.

Speedgolf is a fitness alternative to traditional golf where golfers run from hole to hole rather than walk or ride in a golf cart. In speedgolf, duration of play is assigned a score value: one minute is equal to one stroke. The goal is to produce the lowest combination of minutes and strokes. The score is tallied by the number of golf strokes and the number of minutes and seconds.

David Marquardt, the city’s parks and recreation director, said the additional sports give the community more opportunities.

“By adding speedgolf to our offerings at Indian Trails, we can provide opportunities for outdoor recreation that fit the lifestyle of more visitors,” he said. “I’m excited to expand our commitment to a healthy and active community.”

The golf course is 4,687 yards in length with 18 holes and a par of 65. There also is a 25-acre driving range with 26 hitting stations, and five practice greens with three bunkers.

Indian Trails Golf Course also features a 2-mile cross-country ski and snowshoe loop and a 3.7-mile fat tire bike loop that maximize the recreational opportunities available to visitors.

“Opportunities for residents to stay active outside and enjoy our park spaces year-round is a major priority for us,” Marquardt said. “These winter activities allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of the golf course during a time that it would traditionally be unused.”

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