Carl Doucette, President, Ferguson Forest Centre (FFC) and Dwayne Dowdell, Interim President of the new Kemptville Disc Golf Club (KDGC) are pleased to formally announce the introduction of disc golf at the FFC’s arboretum.
Dwayne stated, “it has been a dream of mine for years to design, create and install a disc golf course in the Kemptville area, and with the FFC’s Board support I have been able to accomplish this.” The 9- hole (basket) course operated by the KDGC is located in the multi-use natural greenspace of the mostly northern area of the arboretum. The approximately 1000 metre long par 31 course is comprised of mostly par 3 holes, a few par 4 holes and one par 5 hole each having 2 sets of tee pads. President Carl Doucette said, “the FFC is very happy to have the opportunity to cooperate with the KDGC to bring another great outdoor recreational activity such as disc golf to the residents of the Municipality of North Grenville.”
The KDGC is a newly formed disc golf club registered with the Ontario Disc Sports Association created to promote and foster the community benefits of disc golf in the Kemptville area. The club is the result of the vision of Dwayne Dowdell, with the assistance of Sarah Herring. Disc golf baskets, tee pads, signage and other related equipment and materials are the responsibility of the KDGC, while the FFC is responsible for the maintenance of the lands. As the disc golf course is located in a multi-use area, all players are required to be courteous and defer or yield their play so as to not interfere with the public’s safe use and enjoyment of the arboretum. Membership is not required for casual play; however, it is required for club activities such as league play and tournaments. Membership information will be available on the KDGC facebook page shortly.
Disc golf was formalized in the 1970’s and is played much like golf except instead of a golf ball and clubs, the player throws flying discs from a tee pad towards and into a basket (hole). The flying disc is specially designed for disc golf and can be purchased from a number of on-line venders starting at around $15 to $25 for each disc, or a starter set of 3 discs for about $50 or less. The player with the fewest “throws” wins. The sport appeals to players of all ages and abilities who enjoy physical fitness in an outdoor natural setting.
The mission of the not-for-profit FFC is to promote the awareness of, and interest in, forestry (in particular, afforestation and sustainable forest management) and maintain, enhance and promote the responsible use and stewardship of recreational and conservation lands managed by the FFC for the benefit of the residents of the Municipality of North Grenville, including trails, arboretum and dog park.
For more information on the Ferguson Forest Centre, see www.fergusonforestcentre.ca .