Disc golf course named in honour of De­nis Brown

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE MATHIESON CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD PUG­WASH

The nine-year-old disc golf course in Pug­wash has a new name.

It is now called the De­nis Brown Me­mo­rial Golf Club.

“De­nis was a tremen­dous in­di­vid­ual. He had a lot of in­sight,” said Bonnie Langille, man­ager of the life­styles and vol­un­teers depart­ment at the Sun­set Com­mu­nity in Pug­wash. “He was in­stru­men­tal in help­ing us cre­ate the large vo­ca­tional pro­grams we have here to­day, in­clud­ing Sun­set In­dus­tries.”

Brown was the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer at the Sun­set Com­mu­nity for 19 years be­fore re­tir­ing in 1993.

Born in Wal­lace Bay in 1933, Brown served in the armed forces for 28 years be­fore join­ing the Sun­set Com­mu­nity.

While in the mil­i­tary Brown served in peace­keep­ing mis­sions in the Mid­dle East and in Europe with NATO. Brown passed away in July of 2016 at the age of 83.

“He re­ally re­moved a lot of the bar­ri­ers and built a lot bridges for in­di­vid­u­als here to be­come a full part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” said Langille. “He not only had an im­pact here but right across the province.”

Clients at the Sun­set res­i­den­tial and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre were out with golf discs in hand to take part in the open­ing of the De­nis Brown Me­mo­rial Golf Club, which is lo­cated on grounds ad­ja­cent to the cen­tre.

“There’s been a disc golf course in Pug­wash for nine years,” said Ben Smith, a pro­fes­sional disc golf player who built the course in Pug­wash. “Den­nis Brown pro­vided the land for us, and we’ve had thou­sands and thou­sands of peo­ple come out an play here.”

Smith said most of the peo­ple who have played on the course aren’t from Pug­wash but have come from through­out the Mar­itimes, Canada, and fur­ther afield.

“We had one of the world’s best disc golfers come here and play our whole course,” said Smith.

Smith ap­proached Julie Mathe­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Sun­set Com­mu­nity, about a year ago with the idea of ded­i­cat­ing the nine-hole course in Brown’s name.

“I want to es­pe­cially thank Julie,” said Smith. “She was de­lighted to make it all hap­pen.”

A large sign say­ing “the Sun­set Com­mu­nity wel­comes you to the De­nis Brown Me­mo­rial Disc Golf Course” stands at the cor­ner of the course, which lies upon beau­ti­fully man­i­cured, gen­tly rolling hills.

“It’s re­ally ex­cel­lent to see that sign up there and to know this is here,” said Smith.

Langille agrees.

“It was won­der­ful be­cause De­nis had done so much and is al­ways held in the high­est re­gard here,” said Langille. “It’s a good feel­ing to know his name is there.”

DAVE MATHIESON/CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD

Clients and staff at the Sun­set Com­mu­nity re­cently played disc golf on the disc golf course in Pug­wash. Ex­plain­ing how the game is played is pro­fes­sional disc golfer Ben Smith (left), while play­ing and watch­ing are: (sec­ond from left) Hugh Wil­liams (throw­ing disc), com­mu­nity op­tions man­ager David Wilkie, Rick Scryym­geour, Sun­set Com­mu­nity CEO Julie Mathe­son, Don­ald Richards and Tyral Ma­son (throw­ing disc). The course is ded­i­cated to De­nis Brown, former CEO at the Sun­set Com­mu­nity. The disc golf course has nine holes and is open to the pub­lic seven days a week.

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