Excited to announce that Explore Disc Golf's Brian Giggey will be a session leader and presenter at the inaugural... http://t.co/CIAN1hJY7o
- Friday Mar 7 - 4:15pm
We posted a reall neat interview with John Houck the other --- conducted by All Things Disc Golf. He brought up a... http://t.co/V9QnfINVRi
- Thursday Mar 6 - 4:57pm
Interested in disc golf course design? Check out this interview with John Houck, Houck Design! http://t.co/yF8YxGtyKT
- Wednesday Mar 5 - 6:44pm
Great picture from the 18th tee of the United States Disc Golf Championship. We got to play this course 3 times... http://t.co/dBMQ6y9s9Z
- Tuesday Mar 4 - 5:56pm
Busy week of site visits --- might be time to bust out our snowshoes at some of the places we're going!
- Tuesday Mar 4 - 4:34pm
Service: The Mobile Disc Golf Experience
Location: Oak Ridge Farm
City: Arrington, VA
The Big Idea for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience at Lockn’ Festival was to provide a connection between two large camping areas, while focusing on strategic basket locations to offer constant promotion of the sport of disc golf to the 30,000 patrons that were on site for the 4-day festival. The 6-hole course had a mix between tight slot shots and open field bombers, with large changes in elevation on the picturesque, historic property of Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA.
Lockn’ Festival offered a wide variety of activities, such as yoga, mountain biking and river tubing, but disc golf provded to be one of the most popular attractions, are the course was heavily used all weekend long and received wonderful reviews from patrons and festival staff alike. The 6-hole course was situated on a relatively open parcel of land, with large changes in elevation and slivers of vegetation to use. Catering towards the disc golf beginner, the layout took advantage of “turtle back” greens and tightly wooded gaps to appease the experienced player as well. The course even featured a 570′ downhill hole that overlooked the mountain back drop — a perfect setting for players to let it all out and see how far they could throw their streamlined disc.
The 1st hole was designed in such a fashion that it was inviting to patrons to familiarize themselves with the sport of disc golf, without having to play the 6-hole course. It was a 207′ open field shot that ran along a dirt access road. The basket was located in close proximity to a steep slope that would watch any errant tee shots, but for the most part it was an easy beginning to the course, or a quick attempt at disc golf without having to invest much time or energy. The 2nd hole was a 337′ slot shot between a row of junipers that would bat down any disc off its line. Playing slightly uphill, this hole provided a demanding tee shot and rewarded advanced players with the best birdie of the round.
The 3rd hole featured a 570′ open field bomber. The basket was tucked on a “turtle back” green, making the approach a delicate one as any errant discs would roll out to the bottom of the slope if not properly placed on the flat. This was a fun hole for everyone, where players could take advantage of the -25′ differential to the basket from the tee. The 4th, 5th and 6th holes were all shorter, demanding holes that were still fairly open. The 195′ 4th hole was +11′ change in elevation, while the 262′ downhill 5th hole was player’s last chance to smooth their drive between the trees for a chance at a well deserved birdie. The finishing 6th hole was short, measuring only 177′, but played +18′ uphill, leaving players with one last gasp at a birdie chance to a hole that lent more bogeys than birdies.
All told, our time spent at Lockn’ Festival and Oak Ridge Farm was extremely fun. The portable basket in the main concert field was constantly in use, and the course received heavy traffic in the morning hours before music started up and continued into the evening hours. We look forward to the opportunity to return to Oak Ridge Farm and Lockn’ Festival in future years.
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 email@example.com if you’d like to bring disc golf to your next event!