City of Calgary scraps new disc golf course at North Glenmore Park – Calgary

Disc golf players swing for the fences in an attempt to overturn a City of Calgary decision to withdraw a disc golf course at North Glenmore Park.

The sport combines ultimate Frisbee and golf, in which players try to get their disc into a basket on every hole and complete the round with the fewest throws possible.

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The course was installed in the spring of 2021, with the help of the Calgary Disc Golf Club.

It wasn’t expensive.

The city paid just over $500 to provide the gravel, holding poles — or so-called “tonals” — that make a ringing noise when Frisbees hit them.

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“It was just a matter of getting some fence posts and sliding a pipe over them to make a little noise when you play on them,” Calgary Disc Golf Club member Jim Stevens said.

But it was meant to be a temporary facility: City officials hoped it would provide more outdoor recreation opportunities during the pandemic.

“Temporary equipment does not require full engagement with a community, which has helped get this outdoor equipment to Calgarians as quickly as possible,” the City of Calgary said in a statement to Global News.


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It is not clear whether the frustrations of some members of the Lakeview community played into the decision to scrap the course.

“A few residents complained that it was disruptive,” said Kyle Chiasson, disc golf player and owner of Gander Disc Golf.

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“We’ve really tried to work with them to make sure we have as little impact on the region as possible.”

The City of Calgary suggests that with the lifting of pandemic restrictions, the pressure on city parks has eased.

“Calgary currently has more disc golf courses than any other municipality in Canada, and the city continues to work to balance the needs of a variety of emerging sports,” the city said.

The city currently operates three permanent disc golf courses, but there are at least four others – like the one in North Glenmore Park – operated largely by volunteers.

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Baker Park is one of three permanent disc golf courses operated by the City of Calgary.


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The Currie Reservoir course is one of three permanent disc golf courses operated by the City of Calgary.


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But players have said an 18-hole course like North Glenmore Park is in short supply.

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“The sport itself has grown exponentially over the past two years. And so all the major courses in town are just plain overcrowded,” said Bryan Laker, a Lakeview Village resident and disc golf player.

“You can show up and you could be waiting 25 minutes before you even get a chance to play.”


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“I don’t see why we should be kicked out of here when there’s nothing coming in,” Chiasson added.

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Joe Himmens of the Lakeview Community Association also suggested that a number of community members had filed complaints about noise and damaged gardens.

But Himmens said overall the community supports the city in leaving the course where it is.

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“Let it run for more than one season, maybe until next year – maybe give it a full 12 months – and then consider whether that has caused any negative impacts on residents returning there, or with the community more generally,” says Himmens.

The contract for the course ends at the end of October.


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