A Vision of a Disc Golf Mecca
At the turn of the twenty-first century John Jokinen began to plan a Disc Golf Mecca* on his beautiful 400 acre property in Northern Wisconsin — a lovely, almost untouched land situated in the Penokee Mountains near Highbridge Wisconsin, overlooking the Marengo Valley with distant views of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
John, who believes fervently that access to nature is necessary for the physical and mental health of individuals of all ages, wanted to share his inheritance with others. He was convinced that "if he built it, they would come". So he created a disc golf complex that would give disc golfers access to challenging play and contemplation among the forests, hills, rock outcroppings, valleys, and meadows of his family homestead. Visitors to his "Mecca" would be treated to views of distant vistas, blue water, gorgeous sunsets, starlit skies and northern lights, along with glimpses of the birds and wildlife living on or visiting his land.
As it turned out he was right! With six distinct professional level eighteen-hole courses, a seventh nine-hole course, and six brother/sister eighteen-hole combo courses placed lovingly throughout the property, Highbridge Hills Sports Complex has hosted tens of thousands of disc golfers and numerous tournaments — including the 2005 and 2006 Mid-Nationals and the 2007 Pro World Championships. The complex continues to attract disc golfers and nature lovers alike, with new events and nature pursuits continually being added to the mix.
2007 PDGA Pro World Championship Official Video
United Recreational Players Association
John's latest vision: an association for recreational disc golfers of all ages and genders, offering all members the opportunity to compete in tournaments leading up to a World's Championship Tournament to be held annually at Highbridge Hills Sports Complex!
* John's original vision for the property as a traditional golf course changed when he realized a Disc Golf Complex would fulfill his desire to share his property for the health and fitness of people of all ages!