Written by John Plestina
The first photo is WPHS students (from left to right) Dalton Pronto, Mattia Black Eagle and Morty Manning removing a railroad tie from the back of a trailer for the disc golf course. Paul Gysler is in the background. The second picture is Jessica Bledsaw (right) throwing trash into a bag held by Ashtyn Hentges. The third photo is appliances and other trash at the site, which is just a few hundred feet from the entrance to the Wolf Point Sanitary Landfill. According to Fort Peck Tribal Housing, the site has to be cleaned every year to eliminate appliances and trash. (Photos by John Plestina)
There may soon be flying discs at the site of a former golf course that closed in 1968 with the development of Wolf Point’s first disc golf course.
The Fort Peck Tribes donated land that will become the Sunset Disc Golf Course.
Disc golf, also known by numerous names including Frisbee golf, is an individual non-contact sport where the object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end with the fewest number of throws of a disc at a target.
The site, adjacent to West End Housing, is between the Wolf Point Sanitary Landfill and Kings Cemetery. No evidence remains that a golf course once existed there, as it is overgrown with weeds and littered with appliances and other trash.
Despite the site being only a few hundred feet from the landfill entrance, people have used it as an illegal dump ground for many years. Fort Peck Tribal Housing has cleaned it yearly.
Paul Gysler, Wolf Point High School and other volunteers are working to clean up, mow and develop the course.
Volunteers provide all labor and there is no funding other than donations.
“We had a professional guy come in here and he laid out the course,” Gysler said.
WPHS art teacher Vivian Schultz brought a bus load of student volunteers to clean up the site Thursday, Sept. 10. Gysler drove his pickup with a trailer to the site for the students to load. The students will build the park.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway donated railroad ties for the project.
Disc golf has gained popularity in recent years and is played in about 40 countries around the world. The Professional Disc Golf Association with more than 50,000 members is a governing body.
The first known instance of anyone playing a form of golf with a flying disc occurred in 1926 about 250 miles north of Wolf Point in Bladworth, Sask., Canada.