A new ‘back-nine’ for Yorkton and area disc golfers is another step closer to reality.
After receiving the go-ahead last fall for the installation, with a tentative lay-out approved, local disc golfers – led by Quinn Haider - raised the funds for the baskets through the great support of local business and groups, which were purchased while snow still covered the area they would go.
This week Julia Schofer, Recreation Services Managerwith Community Development, Parks & Recreation in the city, along with Trevor Lyons and Calvin Daniels of the Parkland Association of Disc Golf finalized the tee and basket positions of the new nine.
The install will include three baskets in the green area around the base of the City Water Tower, and six utilizing the trees and elevation changes of Rodney Ridge.
“The new nine can be played as its own challenge, or incorporated into an 18 with the existing course at nearby Patrick Park,” explained Calvin Daniels, president of the PADG. “We envision players starting at Patrick Park, playing the first three baskets, then using the already existing paved pathway to walk the short distance to the first basket under the water tower. You play the new nine, then back to Patrick Park to pick up play on number four and home to the parking lot.”
“It’s a bit of extra walking to play the full 18, but we think it will be well worth it,” said Lyons, who along with Daniels have been involved in designing more than a dozen courses in the region. “The hills really add a different experience, and there are some well-treed basket placements too.”
The City will be checking to ensure placements do not interfere with underground services, and then installation will take place, hopefully by June 1.