Service: The Mobile Disc Golf Experience
Location: Blue Mountain Festival Grounds
City: Martinsville, VA
The Big Idea for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival was to provide a technical, yet beginner friendly layout that can be seen from both the campground and main stages of the festival grounds to increase promotion of the sport through visibility of the prominent yellow-banded Innova baskets. The 3-hole course was a blend of tightly wooded tunnel shots, uphill open field bombers, and downhill, tightly tucked basket locations that gave users a variety of shot selection and attention to disc placement.
The site at Blue Mountain Festival grounds featured two amphitheaters, a serpentine stream and a campground the ran the length of it. The course was situated in a location that would attract users simply by seeing the installation for the weekend. The 1st and 2nd holes could be seen from the campground, while the 3rd hole and basket were perfectly framed and seen from both the main stages and second stage. Many users came to the Explore Disc Golf vending tent to grab free disc rentals after seeing the course, and continually played the layout all weekend long.
The course layout formed a small triangle, where users could quickly play 3 hole loops as the 1st tee and 3rd basket were in close proximity to one another. The 1st hole played the toughest on the course, even though it only measured 175′ in length. The tunnel shot featured severe changes in elevation both to the left and right of the narrow fairway, while the basket was located on the edge of a small slope that collected run away discs, leaving players with a severely uphill putt on an otherwise relatively flat hole. After the 1st hole, players took a short walk to the 2nd tee, where they prepared for the steep uphill shot that awaited them.
The 213′ 2nd hole saw a +16′ change in elevation where players were given the opportunity to let loose on a driver of their choosing. The wide open hole did slope from right to left, accentuating the skip of the disc for Right Handed Back Hand throwers as this disc began to slow down and dive left. When the disc finally landed, it would skip out further left along the woodline, leaving players with a straight uphill shot to the basket.
The 3rd hole was the funnest for players, as the 207′ hole featured a change in elevation of -20′ while the basket was tucked on the edge of a steep slope that would collect any errant discs. Many players threw putter off the tee, picking a side of the fairway that was fragmented by a large specimen tree that best suited their line. With the change in elevation, discs would begin to break violently, bringing attention to the slippery basket location, where many discs that didn’t land flat would stand up and roll to the base of the hill. While many players would birdie or par this hole, the delicate basket location would punish errantly thrown discs with a long uphill putt to the level putting surface.
The intent of The Mobile Disc Golf Experience is to make disc golf as accessible as possible to the general public, so many of our designs are technical, yet beginner-friendly. This form of design has been widely popular, as the layouts provide an addition to advanced players to shoot -3, while allowing beginners to play bogey golf, ultimately encouraging them to keep trying instead of giving up in frustration. This course design was wildly popular, as many players would quickly hop over to the 1st tee after finishing the 3rd hole in hopes for another crack at the course.
The reception to The Mobile Disc Golf Experience was once again very positive, as we constantly had patrons using the course and visiting our booth. We also had constant use of the portable basket adjacent to our vending booth for both patrons that were looking to sharpen their putting skills and those who had never heard about the sport. We have been asked back for Rooster Walk in 2014, and look forward to returning to this beautiful site next year!
You can look for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience by Explore Disc Golf at several more festivals and events this summer up and down the East Coast, but please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to bring disc golf to your next event!