Pouce disc golf course not granted permanent status, but council in support of disc golf club

Pouce Coupe council was willing to write a letter of support for the Dawson Creek Disc Golf Club, but held off on giving the Pouce Park course permanent status.

The club had three asks at the April 17 council meeting — the said letter of support, permission to make the course a permanent fixture, and $10,000 to make the course permanent with baskets, teepads, and signs. (Baskets cost upwards of $600 each, as do teepads, and signage would cost about $100 per hole).

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While the Dawson course at Barbaree Park has permanent status and signage, it does not have teepads. (The club has asked Dawson council previously).

“What we’ve done as a club is we’ve started to think a little bit bigger,” said club vice president Kevin Zarifeh, who noted they wanted to draw in the BC disc golf championships, which a Pouce course would help in their bid for 2020 or 2021.

Council had previously given the club permission at the October 17 meeting for a trial run of the course until June 30 this year. The course has nine holes with tone targets rather than the ideal baskets, with a counter clockwise layout to make an 18 hole game.

The club has since hosted a Powder Bowl in Pouce Park (a winter tourney in the snow) and just recently a pick up and play (pick up garbage while playing a round).

While council indicated their enthusiasm for the sport, and willingness by some to donate the requested amount (Councillor Ken Drover spoke against), staff warned against permanent decisions with Pouce Park too soon.

“We don’t have a solid game plan for how Pouce Park is going to look,” said CAO Chris Leggett, noting the current layout of the course conflicts with some plans for a walking trail. “We’ve got to be absolutely certain if we’re giving an organization written permission.

“It would be extremely premature.”

But while the course wasn’t granted permanent status, the course with the tone poles is still open for anyone to play. Council noted their support, also offering the services of their grant writer in addition to the letter of support.

“I think it’s something we need to have at the park, they do clean up the park,” said Mayor Lorraine Michetti.

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