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Service: The Mobile Disc Golf Experience
Location: Kaeppner’s Woods
City: Logan, OH
The Big Idea for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience at Rootwire Music and Arts Festival was to provide a connection from the on-site pond to the main stage through the beautiful forest setting that acted as a backdrop to the natural amphitheater that housed two stages and a series of vendors. The 4-hole course started adjacent to the on-site pond and kid’s tent, connected to several specimen elm trees, pine stands and dogwood patches, and traversed the undulating, wooded section of the festival grounds while affording a perfectly shaded sonic environment from the two main stages for all those who used it.
With over 200 acres to play with, Kaeppner’s Woods is home to an extensive trail system, and plays host to a variety of music festivals, company picnics, and weddings. While the music festival was situated on only a small fraction of the property, we quickly took advantage of the existing trail system and utilized it through 4-hole disc golf course installation for the weekend. Explore Disc Golf’s vendor booth was frequented all weekend long, having over 200 people sign out free loaners to play the course. Needless to say, we look forward to bringing more holes next year!
The area utilized for the 4-hole disc golf course provided a variety of tight, technical wooded shots, while moving users to several unique on-site features. The signature 195′ 1st hole featured a stand of pine trees, gorgeous woodland canoy and a such beautiful elm tree that we even built a sturdy wooden bench from downed trees for disc golfers to sit and enjoy the gorgeous specimen. In addition to the sturdy bench, we also built a serpentine, wooden buffer to catch any roll away discs. The inspiration for this came from famed environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, and it was well received by advanced players as a defining element, using the buffer as an Out of Bounds delineation to make the hole even tougher!
While the tight 1st and 4th holes were lined with beautifully towering pine trees, the 2nd hole was an open field, ace run admist scattered dogwoods. Although the hole only measured 153′ in total length, the basket was well framed by large trees and tucked on a ridge line where any discs thrown long would roll out of birdie range. The 3rd hole, the course’s toughest, was a downhill, flick line to a basket that was guarded by a small ravine. Discs too far to the right would be in the scattered rough line of the thick dogwoods, while anything left would be severally below the grade of the fairway, leaving players with a tough upshot to the protected basket. The 4th hole, measuring only 177′, played to an elevation change of +6′ and was a much harder birdie or par than many player’s first realized. With an “off-axis” fairway, steep change in elevation, and the entire left hand side of the hole delineated by towering pine trees, there was little room for error on this shirt par 3 finishing hole.
All told, our time spent at Kaeppner’s Woods was extremely fun. We felt so blessed to be able to dig in and create a wonderful course, with added amenities for the festival patrons to enjoy. We look forward to returning next year, and hope the festival or Kaeppner’s Woods decided to expand, as we would be more than happy to design a full course or more!
You can look for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience by Explore Disc Golf 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!