A disc golf course at the Belvédère in Val-d’Or

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A disc golf course at the Belvédère in Val-d’Or

< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">Francis Martin shows us here what disc golf is all about.

A new activity is offered to sports enthusiasts and outdoor activities in Val-d'Or with the opening of a disc golf course in the Parc du Belvédère sector.

This activity, which is gaining popularity across Quebec, is a mix between golf and Frisbee. The objective for the player is to lodge his disc in a basket with the fewest throws possible.

The Val-d’Or course is accessible for free and has nine baskets (or nine holes, if you prefer). It was designed by a group of enthusiasts, after several years of dealings with the City of Val-d'Or. The latter finally invested $7,000 in the purchase and installation of the baskets and a sponsor ensured the construction of the signage on the course.

The map of the 9-hole disc golf course at Parc du Belvédère in Val-d'Or, a par 30 consisting of six par 3s and three par 4.

I had discovered the sport a little before my arrival in Val-d'Or in 2015, says Francis Martin, instigator of the project. I saw that there were no facilities to play here and I approached the City, which finally gave its OK after a few years of procedures. We researched various locations before concluding that Belvedere Park was the best choice.

Much like golf, the nine lanes of the disc golf course are divided into par 3s and 4s at Belvedere, depending on their length and degree of difficulty. The distances between the tee shots and the basket can vary from 50 to 150 meters.

Francis Martin, the instigator of the disc-golf project in Val-d'Or.

It is possible to play with a standard frisbee, but discs are specially designed for this sport in order to reach greater distances on long shots (throws) and for more precision on shorter shots.

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“We have a perfect terrain, with a good slope, an open section and also some wooded sections in old mountain bike trails.

— Francis Martin, project instigator

Francis Martin here is trying to fill in this “hole” with a short throw.

“It's full of features that are important to disc golf. It really is a very accessible activity for all ages. It takes less than an hour to complete the route, which is approximately 2 kilometers long. It's really a good way to enjoy green spaces, while playing sports and having fun,” says Mr. Martin.

The Val-d'Or course is only the second to see the light of day in the region, the other being located on the fairways of the Em-Bo golf club in D'Alembert, in Rouyn-Noranda. The dream of the instigators is to see the discipline gain followers over the years, in order to organize competitions.

Hole #4 – horseshoe-shaped – of the Val-d'Or disc golf course seems to be a good challenge.

It's also the kind of thing that can attract tourists. Having a good course like that here is sure that people will come to come and play it, says Francis Martin.

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