, 2022-09-14 09:03:02,
A brand new disc golf course available to the public at no charge opened at the Yellowknife Ski Club on Tuesday.
The nine-basket course weaves through the trails, woods and onto the rocks overlooking Back Bay.
Jessica Hurtubise is the president of the Yellowknife Ultimate Club, which is responsible for organizing and maintaining the course.
Though the course was originally expected to open this coming weekend, Hurtubise said they decided to open it to the public Tuesday because of how many people were excited to use it.
She said the sport is similar to regular golf — participants throw the disc from a tee-off spot and try to get it into a metal basket in as few throws as possible. The baskets have chains hanging down from inside to prevent discs from flying through or bouncing out.
The discs for the sport are different from the usual recreation discs, or Frisbees. They’re often smaller and heavier, and come in different sizes and weights for different throws. There are driver discs for the long throws, mid-range discs, and putter discs for shots close to the basket.
A regular Frisbee can also be used, but it can be more difficult for the types of throws required in the sport.
Hurtubise said the idea for the new course originated about 10 years ago.
“So the idea was carried along forward over the years and we finally picked it up during COVID as a mini project, where we got an agreement with the ski club to use this site for our disc golf course,” she said.
Kerry Wheler is the president of the Yellowknife Ski Club.
“It gets people outside, it’s a family event, in that any age can do it,” she said of disc golf. “We’re excited to just have people utilizing the trails and accessing that beautiful space.”
To make the project a reality, Hurtubise said the Yellowknife Ultimate Club was able to help buy the baskets. The funding came from KidSport NWT and Rising Youth, organizations that fund community projects focused on recreational activities for youth.
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