The Big Idea for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience at Life is Good Festival was to take advantage of the underutilized space behind the pond, ultimately connecting the activities portion of the site to the Kids Tent and obstacle course that was on the far Western side of the property. The space behind the pond was seldom used in years past, but this year was home to one of the most in-demand activities at this fundraising festival that saw almost 30,000 attendees pass through the gates over the weekend of September 22-23, 2012.
The area utilized for the 3-hole disc golf course provided breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, clear acoustics of the two stages, and offered a fun-for-all-ages form of passive recreation that received rave reviews from festival organizers, patrons, volunteers and artists alike. The disc golf check in was located at the very southern portion of the site adjacent to a slew of other activities that were provided for attendees. While all the other activities were concentrated in a defined area, the 3-hole disc golf course spanned a large sliver of land that ran between the pond and the fence line, ultimately connecting patrons from one side of the festival grounds to the other.
After familiarizing themselves with the portable basket by the disc golf check in, patrons would get their FREE disc rentals at the Explore Disc Golf booth where they could also purchase a range of Innova Discs, apparel and read up on some disc golf literature. The first tee was located close to the booth as real estate was at a premium, and we were tasked with designing a 3-hole course that was safe, beginner-friendly and minimized lost discs in the pond. A 4′ high picket fence bordered the pond, while a 8′ high chain link fence denoted the boundary on the right hand side of the parcel. Each hole of The Mobile Disc Golf Experience was under 150′ due to the space limitations, but the holes were designed in such a fashion that safety and technical challenge were both met while maximizing the space by stretching tee pads back near the water, ensuring the discs were flying in the opposite direction to meet the festival organizer’s criteria of minimizing lost discs in the pond.
All told, The Mobile Disc Golf Experience at Life is Good Festival was our most successful yet. We estimated that we had anywhere between 2,000-2,500 people play the 3-hole course over the course of two days with the age of participants ranging from toddlers to grandparents. While the course was constantly full of foursomes, the line at the check in was constantly 20-25 people deep, as word quickly spread about how fun and enjoyable disc golf really is. After the 3rd hole was completed, patrons walked towards the Kids Tent along a skinny corridor near the pond where they would drop off their rental discs and continue on their way throughout the festival, ultimately making the layout of the course a very seamless transition from one end of the grounds to the other. You can 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!