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Halfmoon Happenings: Spotlight On…disc golf

Some of the Coast triumphs and tribulations of the rapidly growing sport
SCDGA's Jeff Doran makes his shot.

Have you met Trevor Connors and his wife Renee? They run West Coast Nibbles. They are regulars at the Sechelt Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market and Halfmoon Bay Community Association events. Their baked goods are made with love and taste amazing! 

Trevor is vice president of the Sunshine Coast Disc Golf Association. Halfmoon Bay resident Kelsey Oxley is secretary and treasurer (and Area B’s APC representative). Very active SCDGA and HBCA member Michelle Divecha is helping with an event on May 28…read more below. 

Until recently, disc golfers played an 18-hole course at Shirley Macey Park. The “Back 9” was built by volunteers more than 10 years ago and, while unsanctioned by the SCRD, its use was allowed. “We knew it wasn’t official but the SCRD looked the other way,” Trevor explains. It has now been decommissioned, reducing the course to nine holes. There are 192 public courses in B.C. The Sunshine Coast now has one half-sized course. Statistics for 2022 show that the park hosted 3,010 rounds played by 341 players, proving disc golf’s popularity. 

More proof…at the Halfmoon Bay Elementary School, there’s an after-school disc golf club on Fridays. The HMB kids are hard to beat at the local junior tournaments. At the Sechelt Farmers Market last weekend, people stopped by the HBCA’s booth to give disc golf a try. On May 28, the HBCA is co-sponsoring, with Pacesetter Athletic and the SCDGA, the Pterodactyl Trail Races and Sports Day at Connor Park. A two kilometre race for the family and younger runners and an eight kilometre race for more serious runners, disc golf and ultimate frisbee demo activities, and a “fun zone” for the kids. Food and beverages from West Coast Nibbles and Semir’s Hot Dog Cart. 

What can we do to help? “Reach out to your area director, let them know how important the sport is.” Last year, the SCRD Board instructed parks staff to work with the SCDGA regarding a nine-hole course at Connor Park. Trevor cites SCRD staffing issues and their focus on other projects as reasons that the project has not progressed. 

There was good news this week! In partnership with the Pender Harbour Golf Club, players can pay a fee ($15 green fees + $13 half cart rental) to play 18 holes alongside the traditional golf course. Available any day after 2 p.m., call or book tee time on their website. 

Visit the SCDGA’s website or email Trevor at [email protected] to learn more.  

Purchase discs at Trail Bay Source for Sports, or from Trevor at Shirley Macey Park (he has a trunk full!).  

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