Sturgis disc golf course now open

October 12, 2018

STURGIS — When winter storm Atlas forced Scott and Susan Peterson to find a new location for their Ford dealership in Sturgis, the couple knew they wanted it to be more than just a new building.

On the 22 acres of development property south of Exit 32 at the mouth of Vanocker Canyon, the Petersons planned a highly visible, state-of-the-art dealership store, but also planned to use green space surrounding the building for a dog park and disc golf course.

With the official ribbon cutting for the 9-hole disc golf course last week, their vision is complete.

The dealership store was finished in July of 2015, the dog park in the fall of 2017 and just this fall, the disc golf course.

“I’m happy for these accomplishments and that we’ve been able to help our great community,” Susan Peterson said.

When the Petersons decided to expand from their original dealership in Belle Fourche to Sturgis, Scott and Susan made a commitment to be a long-term asset to the community.

In October of 2013, winter storm Atlas dumped nearly three feet of snow on Sturgis. The weight of the heavy, wet snow crushed the roof of the former Jacobsen Ford building which was the home of Scott Peterson Motors Sturgis.

Susan Peterson said they found a beautiful site in Vanocker Canyon on which to place the new dealership and knew they would have land left over.

“We asked some community members what else Sturgis needed. Many said another place for meetings, a dog park and a disc golf course,” she said.

The Petersons planned for all three.

They included in the dealership store a large kitchen and show room for community events.

And, they responded when community members suggested there was a need for a place to take their dogs, let them run and have some fun.

The Petersons have a special place in their hearts for dogs, having two fur babies of their own — Annie, a miniature Schnauzer and Zoey, a Border Collie.

“You cannot believe how many people use it daily and especially in the winter months. It makes me happy,” Susan Peterson said of the dog park. “I’m glad we could allocate this space for our community to use.”

The disc golf course, listed as South Dakota’s 74th Disc Golf Course on a statewide map, is open free to anyone.

For the unfamiliar, disc golf is a game played with a concave plastic disc, like a Frisbee. Players throw the disc into each of a series of metal baskets situated on an outdoor course. The object is to complete the course using the fewest possible throws.

“We hope our local friends use it, college students, families, travelers, customers waiting for vehicle repairs, just anyone who would like to get outside and have some fun,” Peterson said.

They even have some complimentary discs at the dealership front desk for people to use.

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