WOOD BUFFALO DISC
Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
We are a registered Non-Profit Sports Society designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, gender identity, and economic status, making it a great lifetime fitness activity. WBDGA was established in January 2018 by Kyle Warren after designing and installing the Lions Rotary Disc Golf Course in downtown Fort McMurray (Nov 2017).
The first disc golf course project started in 2016 with a Rotary Club of Fort McMurray Oilsands donation of 12 disc golf baskets to Vista Ridge Ski Hill. That course has blossomed into a 9 hole course across the top of the ski hill with a good mix of open areas, some elevation changes, heavily treed woods, and cool lines around the chairlift. This course is seasonally accessible in the summer months. Big thanks to Kevin Grogan for supporting the first disc golf course ever installed in Fort McMurray. This is a paid course for $9 per round or $25 for families.
Our next course, Lions Rotary Disc Golf Course was made possible by donations from both the Lions Club of Fort McMurray Tarsands and the Rotary Club of Fort McMurray Oilsands. The basket positions, main tee signs, and majority of the holes on UDisc layouts were designed and installed by Kyle Warren starting in November 2017 with the help of Gary Harris, our Rotary Club Treasurer. Huge thanks to the RMWB and Parks Department for approving and maintaining this little gem of a course in the middle of Fort McMurray. Lions Park is a shared-use disc golf course that applies the rule of the Disc Golf Code. This park has beautifully maintained old-growth trees moderately scattered around a 6 basket course with some minor elevation changes. A beginner-friendly is accompanied by 6 signs around the outskirts of the park. More advanced layouts are available if players are looking for a challenge by playing the League Layouts on UDisc, which have evolved over the years with the help of club members such as Rick Lichuk, Todd Dupont, Shawn Williamson, and Jesse Nystrom. Tees are typically marked with paint for weekly league players that typically meet on Thursdays at 7 P.M.
Players can find coaches and other challengers on the Fort McMurray Disc Golfers Facebook group or watch for official updates.
Our next project started as a 9 basket course at the Rotary Links golf course in 2018. Players get the luxury of golf carts, beer cart service, pro shop, and restaurant services for a minimal fee of $14 for 9 holes or $20 or 18 holes. Big thanks to Brent MacKay for working with the WBDGA to make this possible for disc golfers in Fort McMurray. We are spoiled to be able to have this rare opportunity. The course is a Links design that makes use of the open area with mounding type layout and water features. As a disc golf course, it plays some huge open drives and can be heavily affected by wind to add some major challenge to your game. Basket placements and UDisc layouts were designed by Kyle Warren and Todd DuPont. The layouts on UDisc are directed at fairly advanced players which is why we require players to be a paid member of the WBDGA. There is a list of responsibilities that accompany playing on a professional golf course, so please reach out to a club director if you would like to throw discs at Rotary Links.
The future of disc golf in Fort McMurray is bright. With a course on Limestone Link in Stoney Creek, expected to be playable by 2023, thanks to the RMWB and Parks Department. This is sure to be an amazing course, designed by Innova Canada Championship Level Course Architect, Darell Bankes. This guy is a bit of a legend and has a résumé to match his reputation (as well as some sorcery-type disc golf throw/skills). So far, we know that the land has approximately 23 acres with plenty of trees that will have fairways cutting through the woods, an open field that had a rarely used soccer field, a pond, and a substantial amount of elevation changes.
We are also working to develop WBDGA Youth League in Fort McMurray. 2021 was the first successful year to launch a sanctioned youth league. After years of attempts being shut down during the pandemic, we finally made it happen and kids are loving it. We look forward to growing the sport of disc golf in Fort McMurray and are excited to see so many people in the community picking up the sport we love!
BOARD OF DIRECTORs