Service: Design and Installation
Location: Middlesex Green Office Park
City: Concord, MA
The Big Idea for the 6-hole design at Middlesex Office Business Park was to maximize the wooded edge of the 25-acre property and move users to significant on-site features that include rock walls, streams, community gardens, locust tree groves and breathtaking views of neighboring Laurence Hansom Field. Owners of the office park were looking to attract a new clientele to fill the five on-site buildings; and in doing so they upgraded common facilities in the park as well as offering a range of outdoor activities like disc golf. With much of the parcel made up of brick buildings and surface parking, the disc golf course is relegated to the wooded edge of the property that features large changes in elevation and rock walls defining the property line.
With only 6 holes on this property, each hole offers a completely different set of requires shots, while moving users to a unique on-site features. The 1st hole is our 207′ signature that features a locust grove and large rock outcroppings to a raised green. Its visible from the road and parking lots, in hopes to attract attention for employees that have yet to see the course. The 2nd hole is the toughest on the course, measuring 337′ long, this hole plays 24′ uphill and moves from left to right to a basket perched on a slope where any errant shots will run off.
The 3rd hole is the courses signature hole. Playing 55′ downhill, this par 5 offers up the chance to let out a big bomber down the sight line of neighboring Laurence Hanscom Field. As players walk down the hill to the basket, private jets can be seen talking off right next door — a very unique perspective for all. This hole also connects users to the bottom of the property where an expansive community garden and seating area is offered for employees.
The inward stretch includes three short, technical holes, starting with the 4th hole that. This hole’s fairway is bisected by a dry creek bed and towering trees that force players to choose a line and hit it. The dry creek bed also creates a “postage stamp” green effect that demands precision. The 5th hole is an 153′ ace run with water long — good for confidence for new players, but requires a well placed shot for all skill levels. The finishing 6th hole runs along a stream on the left side of the fairway, and connects employees back to the other side of the property. The course ends at the 6th hole, as any holes located within the interior of the site would be unsafe. Our firm believed that taking advantage of all the features on the periphery of the property far outweighed trying to squeeze in 9 holes that may bring in unnecessary safety concerns.
This was a very exciting project for our firm — working with a progressive real estate company that is looking to offer a variety of on-site activities that bring immeasurable benefits to the companies that fill their business park. Designing a disc golf course that will compliment the site and properly promote the sport to many newcomers in this unique setting is a tremendous opportunity that we were excited to be a part of.