On a random Monday in August, Clint Warkentin dropped by the disc golf course in Fort St. John for a quick round.
What he found, to his amazement was no less than 20 people on the nine-hole course, some who had even been playing for three plus hours.
“The course that (was) put in has been there for three weeks now and to have a weekday evening, just a random time to pop in, 20 people at the course is incredible. There is no lack of support for disc golf in this area,” said Warkentin, one of the founders of the Fort St. John Disc Sports Club.
That growing sport, and the community that surrounds it, continues to accelerate in the region and the next test will be a regional tournament Sept. 4 in Taylor.
Battle of the Peace will bring disc golfers to Lone Wolf Golf Course from Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Grande Prairie with potential to have Prince George and Fort Nelson players in the mix as well.
As of now, the tournament set-up is a singles match-play format. The temporary course for the event, one that Warkentin saw on a trip to California, will be on parts of Lone Wolf Golf Course which will make for a unique layout.
“When I was down in Santa Cruz, I was at a world famous golf course called DeLaveaga and talking to them, they run a Friday, Saturday tournament on their disc golf course and then Sunday championship round is at the ball golf course. They bring baskets and set up a temporary course and I’ve always thought that was a really cool idea,” said Warkentin, who is co-tournament director for Battle of the Peace.
With 22 participants registered just a month out of the event, the co-founder believes the goal of the event will be easily recognized.
“One of the charges from the city was to expand and prove that the city is needing a full-time disc golf course before they decide to invest in it,” Warkentin said.
“So a tournament is a good way to one: get people out and playing and two: to show that there is a lot of interest.”
Along with Daniel Martin from the Dawson Creek Disc Golf Club, Warkentin has been working through plans involving the tournament for over a month between organizing sponsorships and getting player packages ready for the participants.
“On top of having a lot of first-time players and tournament goers, I’m getting calls from people who have never thrown a disc before that think that the tournament is a great idea and they want to participate. It’s incredible,” Warkentin added.
People interested in competing, first-time or long-time disc golf players, can head to https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Battle_of_the_Peace_2016/.
Registration online will be open until Sept. 2 and there will also be in person registration at Lone Wolf the day of the event.