At the regular Council meeting on May 23, Local resident Drew Johnson spoke to Council and asked that the Town look at creating a disc golf course or practice area since the nearest courses are in Brighton and north of Port Hope at Haute Goat Farms. At the June 5 CoW meeting, Director Brian Geerts reported to Council on what he was doing to address this request. The basic idea of disc golf is to throw a frisbee in multiple throws until it lands in a basket. The distance between baskets is comparable to regular golf and courses are typically 18 or 9 baskets. I find it hard to imagine what it’s like but the videos below give some idea.
Some key things to know:
- Like regular golf, a lot of space is required
- Most courses (~80%) are free
- Most disc golf courses are built in more natural and less manicured environments than golf
- Maintenance is minimal
- There are currently no disc golf facilities in Cobourg
So what is the Director thinking?
Report from Staff
In his memo to Council, Brian said:
- Several members of the public have approached Community Services with ideas and suggestions of how to grow disc golf locally. These included:
- Several requests for a whole course
- Practice baskets in local parks
- A small beginner course to help introduce new players to the sport
- Any disc golf improvements, as the Town currently has none
- Considerations for disc golf course
- Availability of land and who owns it
- Is terrain suitable?
- Is the land area big enough
- A typical disc golf hole requires a minimum of 200-300 feet in length
- Does the location have ample parking and good transportation links.
- Environmental factors: wildlife habitats, and other sensitive areas should be avoided
- Some areas may require more extensive work (cost).
The suggested locations were James Cockburn Park and the area around the Legion Baseball fields adjacent to the CCC.
In concluding his “update” report to Council, Brian wrote:
Due to Cobourg’s urban density, there are not many locations that could host a full-size disc golf course on municipal land. An 18-basket course can easily use 30-40 acres of land. Creative design and reuse of areas can reduce the land requirement.
However, practice baskets placed in municipal parks or a mini 3-hole course could certainly improve the service in the short-term and meet some community need.
The Parks Master Plan, due for an update in 2023, will include thorough community engagement and will capture current community desires and modern recreation trends.
So it looks like there’ll be no decision until after the review of the Parks Master Plan. But I have to wonder: how does Council (and maybe staff) decide what sports to support? Hockey is a given (and Lacrosse); pickle ball is partially supported, baseball, soccer and rugby can use the available fields, and there are others – notably sailing. But how is it decided what facilities to provide and support? Why not cricket or croquet or darts? Why not a Town supported golf course? Does it just need a group to ask Brian or make a delegation?
- List of clubs in Cobourg (not just sports clubs)
Information on Disc Golf
Wikipedia – See the Wikipedia pages for more information including lists of courses.
And here are some videos – the first has no female participation so the second one is to show that women do participate.
Insanely Good Disc Golf Drives Compilation
A look at some good players and the courses they play on.
U.S. Women’s Disc Golf Championships