Service: The Mobile Disc Golf Experience
Location: Davisville Flea Market
City: Davisville, NH
The Big Idea for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience at Camp N Jam was to provide an on-site recreational activity that circumvented the main stage area, all the while providing visible promotion to the sport with carefully positioned basket locations. The 6-hole loop could be seen from both stages, camping areas, backstage and vendor row. The course was highly utilized with a very unique design that included significant on-site features like multiple rock outcroppings and stone walls, tunnel shots, wood piles and even a pond.
The location for Camp N Jam was Davisville Flea Market in Davisville, NH. While the site did include some topography, overall it was relatively flat — calling for a focus on significant on-site features and carefully thought out pin and tee locations that would demand a wide variety of shots from the disc golf patrons that were attending the festival. Although the holes only ran from 183′ to 252′, the course seldom gave up a low score as thick scattered rough lines, tunnel fairways and slippery basket locations demanded precision shots from beginning to end.
Overall, the course was HIGHLY utilized by patrons, vendors, band members and staff. The 6-hole loop, which skirted along the edge of the property, circumvented the main stage area and ended at the on-site pond next to camping. Several patrons were found constantly putting on the baskets directly adjacent to their camping area, while many others were seen playing consecutive loops until they set the course record. All told, the design was complimented time and time again, as it provided enough of a challenge for advanced players to remain enticed to play multiple rounds a day, while remaining beginner-friendly so that it wasn’t a turn off to newcomers to the sport.
The 1st and 2nd holes were found behind the main vendor area, and were must birdies for those wishing to set the course record. The 1st hole was a 183′ thread-the-needle shot between scattered trees with OB running down the right hand side as a cemetery was found adjacent to the property. The 2nd hole, the course’s signature hole, was an 193′ open field hole to a basket guarded by two large rock outcroppings. Any disc pin high left or right would be blocked by the rocks, making any birdie or par attempt that much harder than it needed to be.
The 3rd thru 6th holes ran from the side of vendor row, behind the main stage and over to an on-site pond that was the beginning of camping for patrons. While several of these holes were birdie-able, many players would gladly take their pars, as holes 4 and 5 could easily turn into double bogeys or worse with one errant shot.
The 3rd hole and 4th holes were both tunnel shots that demanded a well thrown driver or mid range. The 3rd hole was the easier of the two, with multiple routes through the tunnel, while the 4th hole only had one route. The 4th fairway, only 15′ wide, ran an access road to a basket that was tucked on a nole by a large stacked wood pile — offering a visual ending point to the hardest hole on the course.
The 5th hole was the courses longest at 252′, but called for a low flying disc under a large canopy tree that fragmented the fairway. If your disc had enough steam to make it all the way to the basket, it needed to sit soft, or it would roll out down to the edge of the pond as the basket sat on a plateau with everything falling away to the right. The 6th and final hole teed off next to a beautiful specimen oak tree and offered one last charge for a birdie. The slightly uphill shot cut the corner of the on-site pond, but remained beginner-friendly with a recreational tee further past the water’s edge. The pond also featured a large stone wall on three sides, so any discs that landed near the water not only needed to get up and down for par, but must traverse a 10′ differential in grade between the edge of the pond and the basket slightly up the hill.
We at Explore Disc Golf highly enjoyed our time laying out this 6-hole course, and look forward to a return visit to this beautiful site. You can continue to look for Explore Disc Golf’s Mobile Disc Golf Experience at several more music festivals this summer, but please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to bring disc golf to your next event!