McArthur Island's facelift continues

Disc golf is already being played on the former golf course, though the official opening has yet to be held

Renovations are nearly complete at the former McArthur Island Golf Course as it continues to be transformed into a multi-use area.

City parks manager Jeff Putnam told KTW he expects the first phase of changes to wrap up this summer, likely in July.

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In January, council approved phase one of a three-phase renovation, which includes adding disc golf and a nature park to the vacant land.

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Despite the sign's warning, golf balls are no longer a hazard on McArthur Island. To the right is the former golf course's third hole, which now features a disc golf basket for one of the new track's holes. - Michael Potestio/KTW

Disc golf baskets and tee boxes have been installed and the free mini-golf course is up and running, while crews are finishing repairs to the former golf course’s irrigation system, Putnam said.

Most of the chain link fencing that lined the outer rim of the golf course has been removed, trees have been pruned and a trail has been laid down. Split-rail fencing around the former water hazard ponds has also been added.

However, some of the fencing still needs to come down and signs added to the disc golf course, Putnam said. 

“We still want to get it open as soon as we can, but we’re not quite there yet,” he said.

Though not officially open yet, people are already using the trails and the Kamloops Disc Golf Club has been testing the new course.

Club vice-president Chris Wilson said the 18-hole course is playable and the club has already hosted events on the field.

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The disc golf course on McArthur Island is being tested by members of the Kamloops Disc Golf Club and will soon open to the general public. - Michael Potestio/KTW

“It’s so beautiful in there. It’s so nice,” Wilson said.

The course is free to use and only requires users to bring their own discs.

Many of the holes are located where greens stood on the former golf course, while the trail through the nature park extends from the former fairway of the ninth hole, near the soccer fields, to the renovated mini-golf course near the former first hole.

The total cost of phase one was budgeted at $198,000 — with $30,000 earmarked for the disc golf course.

More work is planned, though the next phases still need to come before council for approval.

Putnam said phase two calls for a new washroom facility, site furniture, more path construction and the installation of a pollinator garden, proposed for development in 2020 at a cost of $210,000.

Phase three would include amenities such as new pedestrian bridges, construction of a picnic shelter and installation of a playground, utilizing logs and other natural features of the area.

That phase is estimated to cost $600,000.

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