A new disc golf course is completed and opened at Keith King Memorial Park.
The Town of Golden recreation team worked with two individuals to plan and build the course, which is now open and available for anyone to use.
The group was successful with grant applications and recreation infrastructure grants, and staff worked through some of the permits around setting up the course on a small sliver of crown lands.
A contract was awarded in September to begin construction on the disc golf course, which took only two months to complete. The course includes 18 holes and tee off boxes. Disc golf enthusiasts John Denham and Jason Jones, who is also a landscape architect, were part of the team putting the course together.
“It’s pretty great when you have a landscape architect on board as one of your main course designers and people helping to push the project,” said manager of recreation services Jordan Petrovics. “They do all sorts of wonderful things like design signage for you and design courses and take into account so many different aspects.”
Tee boxes around the course were constructed of a timber frame with compact gravel with paving stone on top, and mulch around the exterior. There are 18 tee boxes at the course where people can tee off from and throw their discs to the baskets.
“That definitely makes for a great experience in terms of teeing off,” Petrovics said. “Definitely some nice finishing touches were put on there.”
All of the baskets were set into the ground with concrete, and the Town of Golden has the ability to pull them up and move them. There are three extra secondary tee locations as well.
“If anything comes up that’s problematic, or if one of the baskets is not quite working, we can relocate that in the future,” Petrovics said.
All of the baskets are numbered, and signage lets players know about the course details like distance, par, and other information.
Already, people are going up to Keith King Memorial Park to play some rounds of disc golf.
“As we’re very quickly finding out, winter use is definitely something that’s happening,” Petrovics said, adding that a resident has also kept snow off the tee boxes. “People are still out there doing the rounds now and getting some time in on the course. If this dryness continues, we will probably see some good use right through to Christmas.”
Landscape architect Jones is happy to know that people are already using the course. There are a number of apps that are available for people who want to find disc golf courses in different communities, and this course could put Golden on the map, attracting more people to the area to play. The course is also quite difficult, so it may open options for competitive play in the future.
“I think it’s my favourite project I’ve ever been a part of,” Jones said. “It’s really cool to go up there on a Saturday or Sunday or whatever day and see people of all ages and ability levels using the course.”