The course was made possible through a partnership between Horns Recreation and the Lethbridge Disc Golf Association (LDGA). He weaves his way through the foliage of the U of L’s upper campus and uses Lake Aperture as a scenic natural hazard.
Halma said, “We see the disc golf course as another opportunity for people to engage with the university.” He went on to note, “First and foremost, we’re one of the best schools in the country and beyond that, there are so many ways for the community to experience our campus.”
“From our recreation services, the Max Bell Pool, our rock climbing wall, Pronghorn Athletics games and summer camps to fine arts performances, public lectures and lectures, there are so many ways the University contributes to the dynamism of our city. Now we have a great outdoor experience that is free and open to everyone,” Halma said.
The history of the course dates back to 2013, when ULethbridge Junior Disc Golf student-athletes Matt Mitten and Kevin King, along with coach Craig Burrows-Johnson, proposed that a course be added to the campus. This initial proposal did not gain popularity and after two seasons the disc golf team disbanded. However, the idea never died out and years later Mik Woolf, who also played on the disc golf team, made another effort to have a course built.
Woolf said: “When Matt and Kevin first showed me the vision for this incredible space, I was convinced this class had to happen.”
“Every time I drove by, I imagined hoops and players throwing in this very special area and the impact it could have on the community, on the sport and on the University. With the support of Kevin and from the LDGA, I made the decision to give it another shot and do whatever it took to make this dream a reality.
Woolf noted that the process of setting up the course took a lot of work, countless hours and involved lots of conversations, emails and engagement before the first basket was installed.
“We really have something special, and I want to thank all of the organizations, companies, groups and individuals involved who helped make it possible,” Woolf said.
The disc golf course is located at the west end of the U of L campus off University Drive, with the first seven holes positioned along the west berm (just behind the entrance sign to the U of L). The next 10 holes circle Aperture Lake, with the 18e hole ending on the raised hill next to parking lot G.
Parking is free on campus before 8:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, as well as on weekends and holidays. For anyone playing between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, parking is available in Lot G and users can pay through the Honk app or at the parking kiosk.
ULethbridge Recreation members can sign up for free beginner disc golf sets (three discs per set) at the Customer Service Center.