New ‘postcard’ course north of Powell River draws disc golfers

Craig Regional Park’s disc golf course is now complete and regularly drawing disc golfers to play in its scenic location north of Powell River.

The qathet Regional District funded the infrastructure for the course.

James Mack, a member of the Powell River Disc Golf Club, said the course is being used regularly.

“It’s a gem of a course and people love it,” he added, comparing it to a postcard. “You get into the trees and it’s just amazing.”

Mack said the Craig Park course is not very long but it can be quite technical, especially when players get into the woods.

“It can really bite you,” said Mack. “You can score well but you can also get into a lot of trouble. It’s offering a good challenge for every player.”

Mack said the location is suitable for hosting tournaments, which have been held on Vancouver Island during the pandemic, abiding by regulations set by the BC Disc Golf Association and the public health officer. He said pre-pandemic, Powell River hosted three major tournaments, with players coming from Vancouver Island.

Mack said the regional district has installed some top-line equipment, helping make Craig Park a great course. He plays it as much as he can.

“I am hooked, for sure,” said Mack.

He said local disc golfers are able to run club days, operating in a safe manner with COVID-19 protocols.

The regional district made use of existing topography at Craig Park and no trees were felled to establish the disc golf course.

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