No, we don’t mean snowballs…
…we’re talking winter disc golfing at Bronte Creek Provincial Park!
Playing disc golf in the winter is a great way to burn cabin fever.
Keen to check out a GTA course?
Bronte Creek is conveniently located just north of the QEW/403 between Oakville and Burlington.
Open year round, the park’s 18-hole course tends to be less busy in the winter, Practicing through the snowy season will definitely improve your skills and give you the competitive edge come summer!
Prepping for a day on the course
Only use discs you are willing to lose. Use bright, colourful discs, avoiding white. Opt for discs made from softer plastics (stiff plastics have no chance against a tree in cold temperatures).
Pre-cool your discs by storing your bag in the garage or trunk of your car the night before you play. Warm discs can collect snow that is difficult to clean off.
Throw in a couple of old hand towels to clean off discs and hands. Dress in layers. Big bulky coats make throwing tricky, and you’ll quickly get overheated.
Protect your hands. Use a mitten with a hand warmer on your throwing hand, and a good winter glove on your non-throwing hand.
Use winter boots in deep snow. Taping around the top to will keep the snow out!
Stretching is still important in the winter. Warm up, cool down, and stay hydrated (yep, even in winter). Watch for signs of frost bite and hypothermia.
Take it from the pros:
Use a sled to pull your bag around the course. This will help keep your gear dry and clean.
Use flashing LED lights or ribbons taped to your disc to make them easier to find (don’t worry about how they might influence the disc – it’s not the OPDGC after all).
Opt to play short or safe shots. It’s easier to keep an eye on where your disc lands.
Winter disc golf etiquette
First one out after a snow fall? Be prepared to clear off the tees. This means bringing a shovel and broom.
Follow the beaten path. Don’t wander around the fairways and greens. Footprints make it hard to find a disc in the snow.
Get to Bronte Creek today!
The disc golf course is located on the day-use only side (Burloak) of the park between Parking Lots D and F. Hole one is closest to Parking Lot F.
Park hours in the winter months are 8:00 am – 6:00 pm daily.
A valid park vehicle permit is required. The best value is purchasing the Ontario Parks Annual Vehicle Permit.
Use of the course is first come, first served.
The course is maintained by the dedicated volunteers of the Bronte Creek Disc Golf Club in partnership with Bronte Creek Provincial Park.