Service: The Mobile Disc Golf Experience
Location: Kennekuk County Park
City: Danville, IL
The Big Idea for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience at Phases of the Moon Festival was to provide users with the unique experience of playing a 6-hole disc golf course within a historic tree farm. The grid like tree farm featured a wide variety of trees, all within close proximity of the main concert area. The course received constant use throughout the weekend, and received extremely positive reviews from all those who played it.
Its extremely rare to be provided the opportunity to design a course within a conservation area, but this was a unique case where absolutely no clearing needed to be done, and the design was done in such a fashion that all environmental impacts were minimized to the best of our ability. The course was laid out on high ground and connected users to a variety of trees, old farm relics and maintained high visibility to the surrounding uses whenever possible.
Being presented with a grid of trees, its quiet difficult to provide a variety of shots for players. The default would be to throw down the middle of the trees each time, giving players the same shot on every hole. In this instance, we skipped rows, found “loose” grids and even utilized an old farm fence to create tension, variety and excitement.
Both the 1st hole and 5th holes could be argued as to be the signature holes. The 1st hole was 175′ long with a framed fairway on both sides where the players had to shoot right down the middle of the grid. This hole played harder than anticipated for such a wide fairway, but instantly captivated players from the very get go. The 5th hole, on the other hand, was a more wide open hole where players throw along an old farm fence (no slats, just posts) where a small green awaited. Right of the fence played Out-of-Bounds for advanced players, while beginners could play the disc where it lies. This hole offered wonderful sight lines and a great opportunity for an ace with the hole measuring 207′ and -5′ change in elevation.
The 2nd and 4th holes found “loose” grids where we could demand low, penetrating disc flights (2nd hole) as well as big spike hyzers (4th hole) to the basket. Each hole on this course featured a variety of deciduous trees, but due to their thick nature, would often catch discs or slap the disc to the ground. The 3rd and 6th holes were the most open. The 3rd hole played a long a swale, which demanded precision to get the disc on the correct shelf, while the 6th hole was a left-to-right finishing hole coming out of the tree grid into the open field. The tree grid provided a low ceiling off the tee and gave players trouble making par on this 270′ finishing hole.
All told, this was an incredible experience and course was extremely popular. At one point we say 35 players on the 6 hole course! The layout provided variety, in addition to moving users to several beautiful spots that framed unique specimen trees in this historic forest. 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!