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 highlight the significant and historic features of Oak Ridge Farm, while maintaining high visibility of the disc golf course from both the camping areas and Forest Triangle stage that was frequented by patrons all weekend long. The course was incredibly popular and well used throughout the festival, and we look forward to continuing the conversation with land owners in making a permanent 18-hole course in the future.
Oak Ridge Farm is made up of dense forest and large rolling fields. With 30,000+ in attendance, space was limited for the disc golf course, but we maximized the opportunity by crafting out two, tight, technical wooded holes to compliment the four, big-bomber field holes. Baskets were strategically placed throughout the fields to either connect to significant features or increase visibility from the surrounding uses by patrons.
The three significant features that we did out best to connect to were on the 1st, 4th and 5th holes. The 1st hole was a gentle, downhill hole measuring 240′ in length that framed a historic building just past the basket. Located on the other side of the fence, we opened up a hole in the wood line to frame this beautiful brick building. Players could not reach the building, but the “picture frame window” that we opened up brought attention to it for many to enjoy from afar.
The 4th holes was the signature hole, measuring 337′ with a change in elevation of +15′. When searching the woods for interesting disc golf lines and unique features to highlight, we found three corkscrew-shaped trees that provided a perfect frame for the fairway coming out of the woods. We spent 9 hours clearing brush for holes 3 and 4, but it was well worth it, seeing the overwhelming response for these two holes. We even cleared off a downed tree to make a bench for players to take in the views of the daunting 4th hole.
The 5th tee was situated at the highest point on the course, offering views of the specimen Oak tree that is the Lockn Festival logo, as well as the backdrop of mountains that surround the festival grounds. The basket was perched on a “turtle back” green that demanded precise distance control or player’s discs would roll away to the bottom of the hill.
All told, our time spent at Lockn’ Festival and Oak Ridge Farm was extremely fun. The portable basket in the main concert field and Forest Triangle were constantly in use, and the course received heavy traffic throughout the day. 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!