Disc golf course making headway in Fort St. John

It was one of the hotspots at the community one stop on Saturday (April 2) in the Totem Mall— including multi-coloured discs and even scented ones, along with a plan to bring a new sport to Fort St. John in the near future.

The Dawson Creek Disc Golf Club was one of the new groups at the annual spring sign up and had several temporary baskets set up for people to try with the hope that they could eventually set up a course here.

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And after a few meeting with the City of Fort St. John, the club appears well on their way to bringing a course to Fort St. John. 

President of the disc golf society Daniel Martin seems optimistic that a course can get built and also held a safari disc golf session on Sunday at Kin Park with about a dozen people in attendance.

“About a dozen people came out, all from Fort St. John.  Many had their own discs and have played Safari rounds of Disc Golf before at Kin Park. We had three baskets and were testing out the course design I made,” Martin noted.

Disc golf is an outdoor utdoor recreational sport where you throw a disc, similar to a Frisbee with different weights for different types of shots, into a basket.

Martin said the big appeal to the game for him was the simplicity in which you can get started and how easy it is to learn the ins and outs of the sport.

“It’s free, that’s what attracted me. You can get a disc for as low as $10. The learning curve is not as steep as regular golf or other sports. You don’t have to be super athletic. There are people who have never played a sport in their life and within a few months are doing fairly well,” Martin explained when he was first trying to bring the sport to Dawson Creek.

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Daniel Martin was able to draw out a quick map of what he thinks a potential disc golf course could look like in Kin Park. - Submitted

Director of Recreation and Leisure Services Ross deBoer said the city has met with Martin and is also optimistic that something can be worked out. deBoer believes there “may be an opportunity to support sport in Fort St. John.”

“It appears that the provincial sport body may have some equipment available to get us started and I believe we may already own some targets as well,” deBoer said in an email. 

“The first steps would include selecting the appropriate venue, or park and then laying out the course itself. It sounds like Daniel [Martin] is keen to assist with promoting the sport in Fort St. John and we agreed to work together in establishing a program.”

Martin is well aware of the steps that it takes to set up a course, as two years ago he worked with the city of Dawson Creek to set up a temporary one before making the course a permanent fixture in September of 2015.  Last season, their first full year in operation, they had 32 members and over 200 people play the course in Dawson Creek. 

It’s with that knowledge and disc golf experience from all across the province that Martin used to draw a temporary template for a course at Kin Park where he believes the ideal location for a nine-hole set up.

For more information on the club check out www.dawsoncreekdiscgolf.com or on Facebook at “Dawson Creek Disc Golf Club.”

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