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Disc golf would work at Peak 8, but support is needed to convince ski area

Emmett Cosgrove, president, Peak One Disc Golf Club

Disc golf is a fun sport spreading rapidly across the country. The best quote I could find on the subject was from The Professional Disc Golf Official Rule Book: “The growing popularity of the game of disc golf begins with the essential fact that throwing a flying disc with power and accuracy is a marvelous sensation. The constant challenge, the social nature of the game, the good physical and mental conditioning, and the fact that it is inexpensive to play are also attractions. Disc golf is a recreational sport for everybody, regardless of age, gender or ability.”

This pretty much sums it up for anyone who has enjoyed disc golf.

The disc golf community has been meeting with Breckenridge officials, and the response has been very positive. Our efforts to find a suitable course site in Breckenridge have led us to the Peak 8 base area. The existing infrastructure including parking, bathrooms, point of sale and the beautiful terrain all make Peak 8 an attractive candidate.

Unfortunately, disc golf is not popular with Breckenridge Ski Resort management, and for good reasons. The irresponsibly designed object courses and poor disc golfer behavior exhibited at Breckenridge in the past have caused damage to ski area property, wetlands and even crossed private property.

Damaging someone’s property and trespassing are not the best ways to start a relationship. Peak 9, although popular, was not the best site for a disc golf course. Existing problems with wetland areas and parking issues were my primary concerns.

Disc golf courses cannot be placed just anywhere. The popularity of the sport demands responsible planning and infrastructure to support the large number of people who play.

A course at Peak 8 would help divert disc golf traffic to a specific area that could be properly managed. The formation of a Breckenridge Disc Golf League would help educate the players in etiquette and could support course clean-up days similar to Frisco’s.

Peak 8 is currently the best site. We could install a tournament-caliber course with a beginner-friendly front nine that would accommodate tourists and locals. This kind of course combined with local support would bring people here summer after summer, increasing revenue for the town and ski area. We just need help convincing the right people. Breckenridge could even eventually become a disc golf destination.

The cover of this month’s Disc Golf World News Magazine has a picture of the Aspen Mountain Disc Golf course and a feature article on the sold-out tournament it hosts every year.

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