Once the leisure activity of hippies and frat boys, disc golf has become a bona fide sport across the globe and Castlegar is one of the best places in British Columbia to enjoy it. There are no less than 8 areas to play in the city as well as within a 30-minute drive and they range from manicured fairway-strewn courses to old-school, heavily treed ones.

Patrick Audet is a long-time Castlegar resident as well as the president of the Kootenay Rockies Disc Golf Society (KRDGS). He got bit by the disc golf bug three years ago because “it’s so easy to get into,” he says. “The discs aren’t that expensive and most of the courses are free to play. Plus it’s a very welcoming sport in terms of playability. You’ll meet people who are phenomenal players but they’re not uppity about it.”

Disc golf is played exactly the same as regular golf except instead of trying to sink a little white ball into a hole with a club, you attempt to get a disc, which looks like a small Frisbee, in a chain-link basket with the fewest throws (or “strokes”) as possible. You can easily play with just one disc but the pros uses “drivers” to throw from the tee pads that mark the start of the hole, then they move to their mid-range discs, and finish with the heftier putter disc. Holes can stretch upwards of 400 feet but most are shorter. A typically hole is a par 3, meaning you want to get your disc into the basket in three throws. Discs usually cost less than $30 each and other than decent footwear, they’re the only equipment you need to partake in the sport. They can be purchased at such sport shops as Mallards in Castlegar.

Audet is a retired high-school principal and says he has time to not only perfect his game, but he’s also able to help get more disc golf courses established in the region. In fact, it was the KRDGS that was instrumental in getting the 18-hole Thin Air course built in Rossland. The organization also enlisted the help of pro disc golfer Spencer Munro to come up with an 18-hole course design that was eventually used to create the one at Little Bear Golf Course in Castlegar. “Little Bear is one of the few private courses around but it has groomed fairways and so the style can be completely different. I’ve seen guys do skip shots of the fairways. It’s so fun.” Little Bear offers season memberships for approximately $275 or a drop-in fee to play 18 holes is about $10. Below Here is a list of the best disc golf courses in and around Castlegar.

The Best Disc Golf Courses In And Around Castlegar

Little Bear Disc Golf in Castlegar

A private disc golf course in the heart of Castlegar that runs alongside the family-owned Little Bear Golf Course. It boasts 18 holes designed by pro disc golfer Spencer Munro on immaculate fairways that include sand traps, water hazards and more. Plus the restaurant on site is one of the best in the city. There is a $10 fee to play 18 holes or seasonal memberships can be purchased.

Holes: 18
Season: April-October
Tees: Turf
Fees: $10/18 holes or $18/day. Seasonal membership is $275
Directions: 872 Waterloo Rod, Castlegar
More info: Little Bear Golf Course

Oasis in Trail – Located 24km from Castlegar

Built in 2020 and located in the Oasis Community Park, this 9-hole course is short but challenging. The course are situated in a woodland setting, and there is excellent signage and baskets.

Holes: 9
Season: April-October
Tees: Concrete
Fees:
Free
Directions
: 47 Hanna Dr, Trail
More info: UDisc Oasis Page

Thin Air in Rossland – Located 42km from Castlegar

A public 18-hole course that boasts tight fairways and great views. It also has a 475-foot-long monster hole named Dean. The Kootenay Rockies Disc Golf Society is currently planning to add another 18 holes to this course.

Holes: 18
Season:
April-October
Tees:
Concrete
Fees:
Free
Directions
: Located at the Black Jack Nordic Center. From Castlegar take Hwy 22 and follow the signs to Rossland. Once in town, take Hwy 3B towards Red Mountain, turn right on Mann Rd. and follow the cross-country ski signs. The first tee is next to day lodge.
More info: UDisc Thin Air Page

 

 

Marsh Creek near Fruitvale – Located 42km from Castlegar

Situated in the Marsh Creek Campground just East of Fruitvale off Highway 3B, this 18-hole course has mostly three-par holes although there are two longer par fours, including the 503-foot-long 13th hole. The first tee is just off the parking lot by the washrooms.

Holes: 18
Season:
Year round
Tees:
Concrete
Fees:
Free
Directions
: Follow Hwy 3 east out of Castlegar and then turn south onto Hwy 3B. Follow this for 11km and then turn right onto Marsh Creek Road. Google instructions here.
More info: UDisc Marsh Creek Page

Art Gibbons Park in Nelson.

Clover Bear in Ymir – Located 54km from Castlegar

An old-school course in the heart of the tiny village of Ymir that boasts no less than 27 holes beside the Salmo Creek. The main and back nine are easier but those with skills will definitely want to tackle the “Cyanide 9” through very tight trees.
Holes: 27
Season:
Year round
Tees:
Mixed
Fees:
Free
Directions
: From Castlegar take Hwy 3 to Salmo and then turn North on Hwy 6. Follow the signs to Ymir and when in the heart of the village, the course can be found at the corner of 1 Ave and Wildhorse Creek Rd. Google instructions here.
More info: UDisc Ymir Page
Art Gibbon’s Park Course Outline

Art Gibbon’s Park in Nelson – Located 44km from Castlegar

A small, 9-hole public course that’s located in a treed area beside the city’s skateboard park and bike park. The tee pads are filled with crushed gravel and the trees can be tight in spots. From the parking area, walk west between the skatepark and the playground and you’ll see the course map as well as the first tee.

Holes: 9
Season:
Year round
Tees:
Crush
Fees:
Free
Directions: Beasley St W, Nelson
More info: Nelsondiscgolf.org

Highwater in Blewett – Located 25km from Castlegar

The newest public course near Castlegar was just completed in the summer of 2021 and it offers 18 holes on 22 acres of land, including a whopping 600-foot-long par 4 on the 16th hole. It also boasts a variety of terrain and both uphill and downhill holes.

Holes: 18
Season:
Year round
Tees:
Mixed
Fees:
Free
Directions
: From Castlegar take Hwy 6 north past the Slocan junction and then turn right onto Blewett Road. You’ll cross over the Kootenay River and soon will soon signs on your right for the course. Google directions here.
More info: Nelsondiscgolf.org