On a forecasted sunny Saturday, Skaha Meadows Golf Course is doing something no other golf course in the Interior area has done — welcomed disc golfers to play on its course.
“Playing disc golf on a golf course is a unique thing,” said Penticton Disc Golf president Shawn Black. “Skaha Meadows is kind of an innovative little golf course. They recognize that traditional golf is a game that’s challenging for some people to play, either time wise or economics. They are looking at expanding and growing different segments of golf to better utilize their property. This is a great natural extension.”
For Skaha Meadows, this is not the first time that they have offered their golf course for a different form of golf. Last year, they hosted a day of soccer golf.
Mayhem at the Meadows is a disc golf tournament expected to attract 30 players from Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna and Kamloops and the Lower Mainland.
The nine-hole course will be converted into an 18-hole disc course with the addition of temporary basket and tonal targets. Players will compete for cash and prizes during the one day, 36-hole tournament.
“We look forward to welcoming the disc golfers to play on the course. Unique events like this help Skaha Meadows, particularly during the off season for golf,” said owner Tony Patrocinio in a statement. “We hope to host more disc golf events in the future.”
When it comes to playing, Black said it will be different compared to usual courses that are in forests and feature elevation changes and rugged terrain.
“It’s going to be challenging for us to get big long throws,” said Black. “It’s going to be fun in that it’s a long challenging course. It’s going to be open so you can really throw those discs far and see them fly.”
Interested participants can register online at disccellar.ca until Friday or at the course the morning of the event, which starts at 9:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. Spectators are welcome to the event sponsored by Greenscape Landscaping, Skaha Meadows Golf Course, the Barley Mill Brew Pub, Cannery Brewing, Ace Runners, Disc Cellar and Burger55.
The Penticton Disc Golf Club is a non-profit society dedicated to promoting and growing the sport of disc folf in Penticton. It has seen growth in membership from five to a dozen regular players and have nearly 20 members. The club is in its first year of operation.