The course would be the first for a provincial park in British Columbia
The Fort St. John area may receive a second disc golf course in the near future, and the only 18-hole course nearby.
BC Parks approached FSJ Disc Sports Club members earlier in the year about the design of a disc golf course at Charlie Lake Provincial Park, in order to attract people to the park for reasons other than simple camping.
“At the moment we only have the nine hole course which is great. It is very accessible and suitable for beginners, but those of us who have been playing for a long time would also like some variety. regular golf, you might have your favorite course, but there are always options to go and discover another, ”said Tim Atchison, one of the club’s board members who helped design the course.
“We’re looking at clubs in other cities, like Grande Prairie, they’ve just developed their third 18-hole course and have hosted the provincials from Alberta with people coming from all over. We would love to have something like that here too. “said Atchison.
Atchison and others went for a hike in the woods to see what holes could be created with minimal impact on existing trees, foliage, and wildlife.
“It’s pretty thick in there, so you’re looking for those natural pathways and spaces in the forest. We have mapped out the course so far and are awaiting final approval from BC Parks. Then it would be time, a sprint to work before you have snow here, ”said Atchison.
The layout of the proposed Charlie Lake disc golf course, as seen on the UDisc mobile app.
The course will not have baskets to begin with but instead will have sonic targets – wooden poles with hollowed out fire extinguishers attached – that chime when the target is hit.
“It’s an inexpensive way to set up a course and test it,” Atchison said.
Atchison said BC Parks is using the course as a pilot project and that this is the first time that a disc golf course will be built at a provincial park in British Columbia.
The club is currently in the process of building a roster of volunteers to help with the course once construction begins.
“Hopefully this becomes a destination next to the campground,” Atchison said.
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