Pitch made for Halfmoon Bay disc golf course

Halfmoon Bay should get its own disc golf course, according to the Sunshine Coast Disc Golf Association, and they have made their pitch to the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) for permission to do so. 

“[It’s] a family-friendly, all ages, accessible sport. There’s really low barriers to entry – you simply need one disc for the basics and you can start playing,” said Kelsey Oxley, who appeared as a delegation at Thursday’s SCRD planning meeting. “We’d like to see more users in that park. Right now it’s very, very quiet during the day.”

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The idea location, according to Oxley, would be along the west side of Connor Park, which allow users to benefit from the park’s washrooms, parking lot and other facilities. The 18-hole course would spread over eight to 10 hectares and would require tee pads, signs and baskets.  

Both the Halfmoon Bay Community Association and nearby Halfmoon Bay Elementary School support the project, and the disc golf association has consulted with members of the local mountain biking groups and a horticulturist with the Sargeant Bay Trail Society.

Halfmoon Bay director and SCRD chair Lori Pratt commended the team for their proposal. “I’m quite excited about it. I think it would be a great community amenity that’s low impact on the environment and provides another great recreation opportunity in the Halfmoon Bay area.”

Roberts Creek director Andreas Tize asked about what consideration the group would take to minimize the impact on the environment.

Oxley replied they would use the existing trail network, where possible. Tee pads and holes would create small footprints, but otherwise, “there’s minimal impact on the trees,” she said. Underbrush and lower branches, as well as invasive weeds would be de-rooted and removed.

Sechelt director Darnelda Siegers made a motion, which passed, to refer the request to staff so they can work with the group to come back with a proposal and guidelines on how to move ahead.

Shirley Macey Park in West Howe Sound also sports a disc golf course.

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