Copper disc competitions awaiting go-ahead |

Copper disc competitions awaiting go-ahead

Jason Starr

COPPER MOUNTAIN – The plan was to have disc golf tournaments this summer on the new Copper Mountain course. The plan was to have them on alternating Wednesdays with the established Frisco Peninsula tournaments.

The plan is on hold. Indefinitely.

The Forest Service, which manages the land at the base of Copper Mountain and holds the final say on its use, is keeping a watchful eye on the golf course, which opened to the public this year. The Service is wary of the increased traffic that would come with having a competition.

“We’re waiting to see how it holds up to the traffic before we approve events like that,” said Sue Miller of the Forest Service. “There are more intense impacts from an event. We want to see how the course will hold up to everyday traffic.”

According to Miller, the Copper Mountain venue is steeper, wetter and therefore more sensitive than the Frisco Peninsula course, which has been holding disc tournaments for four years.

The uniqueness of the course, mainly its hillyness, is part of its charm, according to Frank Johnson, who plans to run the Copper competitions from the Copper AB Ski and Sport shop.

While the course has seen general use this year, Johnson can’t wait to start hosting tournaments.

“I’m just waiting for a phone call,” Johnson said. “It’s already July. I think it will happen.”

Johnson is hoping to salvage some of the competitive season with some late-summer tournaments. Miller said she is unsure whether the Forest Service will give approval this season.

Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at

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