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Planners seek land for disc golf course

BRECKENRIDGE – Plans to formalize a disc golf course on the face of Peak 9 are on hold unless golf advocates can convince Beaver Run Resort officials it won’t affect their business.

“Without the support of Beaver Run, the ski area’s afraid to do anything,” said Danica Rice, open space and trails planner for the town of Breckenridge. “Beaver Run is against the whole thing. They believe it will cost their business money; they don’t believe their guests are the type of people who would play Frisbee golf.”

Beaver Run assistant manager Bob Barto said the resort’s main concerns are parking and maintaining a newly remodeled lobby.



“There are many days in summer when we’re challenged with parking for our guests, and this would just add to it,” he said. “Another challenge is these people coming into our facility. Do we have to clean up the mud from their shoes? We just spent a lot of money on our lobby. Beaver Run would become a base area for Frisbee golf. Before this happens here, I want to know what other locations there are in town.”

The purpose of building a second course in the county would be to alleviate congestion at the Frisco course on the peninsula. On any given weekday, up to 200 golfers use that course. That number jumps to 300 a day on weekends and even more during tournaments.



“To me it’s such a huge user group,” Rice said. “How many activities do we have that are free and can accommodate that many people a day?”

Barto also doesn’t want golfers ruining the experience at the tent erected in the parking lot for special events.

The Breckenridge proposal comprises an 18-hole course and a restroom. Golfers would not be allowed to use the Beaver Run parking lot but would have to park in the in-town lots and walk up the slope from the Maggie Pond area.

“It’s only a five-minute walk,” Rice said. “It’s not the end of the world. Golfers are ready to do that anyway.”

But Barto says it’s human nature to seek out the path of least resistance.

“Signs help, but people will park wherever it’s the most convenient,” he said. “Our first concern is the people who stay at Beaver Run. We have to provide them with parking.”

Paul Maynard, a representative and distributor for Gateway Disc Sports, said he is concerned the stereotype of Frisbee golfers might be what stands in the way of a new park on the hill.

“We’re not a bunch of punk-ass, pot-smoking people,” he said. “We’re a bunch of people who love the sport and know what the sport can bring to Breckenridge. It’s for everybody. If anything, it’d be awesome to offer guests another thing to do right out their door.”

Golfers have already established an informal course on Peak 9 that doesn’t include permanent elements like baskets and tee areas. And golfers promise they’d be responsible and form a management group to pick up trash, enforce rules and run tournaments and leagues.

The cost to develop such a course would range between $15,000 and $20,000, Rice said, but the biggest issue is finding a site with enough space for about 20 parking spaces.

Maynard said he believes it’s also feasible to put a Frisbee golf course on Peak 8 to offer one more amenity for those visiting the alpine slide, barbecue, miniature golf and human maze at the base.

In the meantime, Rice is looking for alternative locations on town property to develop such a course. But she said this year just may not be the right time to develop a full-fledged course.

“Maybe we can start out with nine holes,” she said. “There are lots of different ways of dealing with this.”

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or jstebbins@summitdaily.com.


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