Welcome to Explore Disc Golf’s 2015 Year In Review newsletter
As we settle into a very mild December here in the Northeast, we wanted to take a moment to look back on a busy 2015 through our Year In Review newsletter. Some company facts include:
1.) Designed 8 permanent courses, including unique design opportunities with Girl Scouts of America, New York State Parks, and a private course for employees at a 25-acre office park outside of Boston; 2.) Traveled over 9,000 miles with The Mobile Disc Golf Experience to music festivals, Kids Days, team building events; and 3.) Sent rental equipment to corporate outings for Saucony and ESPN, as well as to multiple school systems throughout the country. All told, the sport of disc golf saw tremendous growth in 2015, and we at Explore Disc Golf feel very blessed to do what we do!
Explore Disc Golf’s first pay-to-play course at Pineland Farms in Maine!
While its hard to choose our favorite course design of the year, we’d be hard pressed not to lean towards our 9-hole pay-to-play course at Pineland Farms in Maine. While our firm has Master Planned an 18-hole layout, the course is currently a 9-holer that measures more than 3,500′ in length! We were contacted in November 2014 for a Feasibility Study of the property, and later contracted for the course design in April 2015. The course features large changes in elevation, connects users to a variety of significant on-site features, offers a marketplace for food at the turn, and provides beautiful views of Mount Washington from the 1st tee. Overall, the course is extremely enjoyable and meticulously maintained — keeping with the high standards of the Pineland Farms brand. This course is definitely worth a visit!
The demanding 625′ 4th hole at Pineland Farms in Maine.
The tee box is an old reclaimed dump site, and is now a gorgeous prospect and refuge point.
Disc Golf at State Parks is catching on!
Explore Disc Golf is very excited to see disc golf continually being implemented at State Parks throughout the Northeast, and we look forward to this trend continuing to grow in 2016 and beyond. In May 2014, our firm brought 9 holes of The Mobile Disc Golf Experience to Saratoga Spa State Park in New York. A year later, we were contacted by the park manager to begin designing a permanent course with dual tee pads for each hole. The design was later approved, and then installed and cleared by the fine folks at DisCap. These guys are doing amazing things for the game, and we suggest you check them out! In the fall of this year, our firm was brought on to design the back 9 at John Boyd Thacher State Park (also in New York), which should be coming in early 2016. We’re also very excited to be working with a State Park in Vermont on a project that will hopefully confirm soon. It’s great to see disc golf in demand at State Parks, as it’s a wonderful form of passive recreation and terrific exposure for the sport!