Service: Design and Site Planning
Location: Adventure Bound Rafting
City: Caratunk, ME
The Big Idea for the 9-hole course design of Adventure Bound Rafting was to take advantage of the underutilized space on site, while connecting users to significant on-site features whenever possible. With a beautiful 10 acre pine stand on one side of the property, and a sprawling ropes course on the other, we used the disc golf course to move users throughout the entire space, all the while cross promoting on-site activities to the best of our ability.
Adventure Bound Rafting is Maine’s only youth and family adventure vacation destination. Excursions on the Kennebec River come in the form of both whitewater rafting, canoe trips and kayaking, while on-site activities include a rock climbing wall, ropes course, soccer and disc golf! Cabins line the back of the property, while picnic areas and fire pits dot the landscape. An extensive hiking trail circumvents the property, offering access to the river that is located a couple hundred feet from the base lodge.
Due to the nature of Adventure Bound’s customer base, the course was designed in such a fashion that it is a technical challenge for advanced players, but still beginner friendly for newcomers to the sport. The course is rather short, but provides some wonderful shots, especially those found in the pine stand adjacent to the soccer pitch. The overarching theme of the course was to cross promote Adventure Bound’s on-site activities by locating disc golf holes in the voids of the property.
While holes 1-3 move users to the very south of the parcel, the demanding 4th hole brings users just shy of the soccer pitch where the basket can be seen from the entire property. The 5th hole is located by the woodline in the center of the site, once again drawing attention to the course through the visibility of the basket. The 6th, 7th and 8th holes are all located in close proximity to the ropes course — filling the overgrown wooded portion of the site between stations. While none of the holes or basket locations are a safety concern to ropes course users, they are in close enough proximity that cross promotion is evident.
The layout of the course maximizes the entire site, as stations on the ropes course to the north of the base lodge are sporadically dotted throughout the landscape. Now with disc golf safely intertwining with this on-site activity, Adventure Bound will boast another recreational resource for the legions of project graduation, boy scout troops, youth camps and family vacations that come to this alcohol free campus every year.