THREE RIVERS, PEI – A nine-hole disc golf course has been given the green light to be built in Georgetown.

At a council meeting on September 13, Three Rivers council approved a development permit for the new course to be built on municipality-owned land on Burnt Point Road.

Much like its namesake, disc golf functions like a traditional game of golf, but instead of players putting balls into holes, they throw frisbee-like discs at wire baskets while passing over obstacles such as trees.

“Interest in disc golf has increased recently,” said Cathleen MacKinnon, Recreation and Events Coordinator for Three Rivers. “When we started looking for recreational activities to bring to the area, it seemed like a good choice. It is also a low maintenance sport that would require the least amount of work to start. “

The course will be built on a well field on which is an old remote control car track. MacKinnon said the municipality maintains the land despite it not being in use. The baskets for the course were purchased last year with surplus funds from the budget, and the cost of development has been included in this year’s budget.

“We think this will be a great addition to our green spaces,” she said. “We hope this will bring more interest and attention to the Georgetown area. Having the course there will inspire more people to visit the community.

Cathleen MacKinnon, recreation and events coordinator for Three Rivers, said the municipality chose a disc golf course for the location because of its growing popularity and ease of getting started. The course will have nine holes and baskets similar to the one shown. – Contributed

The addition of a new course will also help develop the existing disc golf community in eastern PEI, said Jacob Smith, Executive Director of the Area Sports and Recreation Council. from the east.

“There is a growing community in the East, for sure. There are definitely players in the area, but as more and more courses start to appear in eastern PEI it will definitely start to pick up, ”he said. he declares.

Smith, who also runs the Island Disc Golf Company, said he runs trial events to introduce people to the sport. Over the past two years, he said the number of participants has been steadily increasing.

“It’s an easy sport to improve,” said Smith. “It really doesn’t take long to pick it up and progress, but like everything else it’s hard to master. But it’s easy to get in, it’s welcoming, and there are plenty of recreational tournaments to participate in.

In one look

While disc golf continues to grow in PEI, there are several disc golf courses throughout the province, including:

• Ferme Hillcrest in Bonshaw – 18 holes

• Huck it Disc Golf in Kinkora – 18 takes

• Mill River Resort – nine holes

• Rose Valley DGC – 18 holes

As for the new course in Georgetown, Smith said it would be a welcome addition to the island’s short list of courses.

“People are always looking for new routes to play, and they don’t mind traveling for that either,” he said. “I am delighted that I can also organize clinics and workshops during the course. I think it will definitely help develop the existing community and introduce newbies to the sport. “

The course approval came with a few stipulations, including the installation of a grassed parking lot, an assessment of the distance from the site to be done by the province and that all the posts for the nets are easily removable if the course has to be moved. or enlarged.

MacKinnon said there is currently no timeline for construction of the course as the municipality is awaiting the province’s assessment of the site.

Cody McEachern is a reporter for the Guardian

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