Service: The Mobile Disc Golf Experience
Location: King Pine Ski Area
City: East Madison, NH
The Big Idea for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience at King Pine Ski Area was to provide patrons of Purity Spring Resort with the popular sport of disc golf over the busy 4th of July weekend. The 6-hole course was located on the ski mountain next to the boys camp, taking advantage of breathtaking views and significant on-site features like “turtleback greens” and as outdoor classroom with massive boulders and towering pine trees. Overall, the course provided newcomers to the sport with a wide variety of shot making, as well as the opportunity for the “big bomber” down the ski trails to a basket that was perched on the edge of a plateau near the lodge.
Unavoidable with many ski resorts, the first several holes are uphill to get to a point where players can then enjoy several downhill shots to the base lodge. While trying to keep this course beginner-friendly, the 1st hole was a 207′ hyzer along a ski slope to a basket located on a ridge. Since the hole played 18′ uphill, many discs broke to the left of the basket and rolled down the ridge line, while smart plays would be to the right of the basket, leaving a kneeknocker of a putt for birdie. Although this hole was short and wide open, the ridge demanded precision from players. A short walk up the hill moved players to the 2nd hole, which played relatively flat to a basket defined by two larger boulders. The tee shot came out of a tight tunnel to an unprotected basket which provided a good confidence boost to players after the 1st hole.
The signature 3rd hole featured a “turtleback green” that dropped away on each side. Only measuring 337′ and playing 15′ uphill, we made this hole a par 4 to help keep players having fun. The tee shot was in the open field along the ski trail, while the basket was perched in a grove of pine trees. The green dropped off on the front, left and right, with two towering pines providing a tight entry line to a basket that was tucked back 10-12′ above the players in the fairway. Coming in from the right wasn’t an option due to the dense tree canopy, while coming in from the left was nerving due to the steep drop off just to the right of the basket. Straight and consistent was the key here — take your par and gladly move along.
The 4th and 5th holes nicely contrasted one another. The 4th hole was a 410′ open field bomber that saw a change in elevation of -40′ to a basket that was placed along the tree line. This provided a great opportunity for players to let it rip, but still hit their line to the basket. Errant shots weren’t punished due to the width of the fairway, but lines got tight near the basket as big hyzers would be knocked down by the tree line. The 5th hole on the other hand was a 177′ delicate tee shot to a basket that was located right at the edge of a plateau where everything dropped off to the bottom of the hill where the base lodge was located. Playing 12′ downhill, the best shot was pin high where players would be able to putt along the ridge line. Any discs short would be putting into the steep drop off, while any discs that went long would be 50′ below the basket and scrambling for par on the easy par 3. The 6th hole and final hole was a 242′ downhill approach to a basket that was highly visible to the base lodge, and a great opportunity to end your round with a birdie or par.
All told, our time spent at King Pine Ski Area was a lot of fun. It’s always a pleasure to be able to design a disc golf course on a ski resort — trying to maximize the site, while providing a layout that appeals to advanced players, yet still remaining fun for beginners. With severechanges in topography, beautiful view points and several significant on-site features, we received great reviews from players about the course and their time spent learning the sport over a popular holiday weekend with their family.
You can look for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience by Explore Disc Golf at several more events this summer, but please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to bring disc golf to your next event!