Service: Design and Site Planning
Location: Pineland Farms
City: New Gloucester, ME
The Big Idea for the design at Pineland Farms was to connect users to a series of significant on-site features and maximize the underutilized space adjacent to the facilities world class Nordic ski trails. This is one of our longest, most difficult course designs to date, as the 9-hole course plays to a par 31 while measuring 3,572′ in length. Each hole provides its own set of challenges, while demanding precise shotmaking to a series of protected baskets and “turtleback greens.”
Overall, the course has a good mix of field and wooded holes, with a demanding 3-hole stretch of par 4’s in the middle of the round. The property offers large changes in elevation throughout and even views of Mountain Washington from the 1st tee. While length quickly jumps out as a key factor of this course, the name of the game is precision at Pineland Farms as several holes feature Explore Disc Golf’s famed “turtleback greens” concept. “Turtleback greens” can be found on the 3rd, 4th and 7th holes, while the 1st and 6th baskets are perched on the edge of severe slopes — once again putting a premium on precise shotmaking to ensure high percentage birdie opportunities instead of tentative putts for bogey or worse.
In addition to multiple “turtleback greens”, the course design highlights several features on the Pineland Farms property, including several rock outcroppings, scenic views of the farm, a retention basin and an old relic dump. The 4th hole is the first in a stretch of three tough par 4’s on the course, but features one of the course’s most signature moments. What was once an overgrown dump site has now been transformed into a gorgeous launching grounds for the 625′ par 4. The concrete walls of the dump create multiple levels, of which the 4th tee pad is perched at the very top — cleared off with an excavator, re-seeded, and famed by beautiful pine trees. While excitement sets in to let it rip off this tee, players must know that the fairway pinches in at 325′, so precision is one again rewarded as the option of laying short or going over the pinch point results in a wonderful display of risk-reward.
Speaking of risk-reward, we must draw attention to the 207′ signature 7th hole, which has potential to be a volatile “swing hole” that can dish out as many birdies as double bogeys. The tee is tucked back in an evergreen grove, but shoots across the corner of an open retention basin to a relatively unprotected basket perched on another “turtleback green.” We even asked the Pineland Farms staff to shave the edges of the green down short to punish poor shots and reward great ones. Anything short on this hole will roll back in the water while anything long is safe, but will leave a difficult uphill putt to the basket, where anything too aggressive will roll long back into the water. Really fun hole, but players must hit their spots to be rewarded with a chance for birdie!
The course at Pineland Farms is now officially open to the public, with hopeful plans for a back 9 in the future. Players must check in at the Outdoor Recreation Center by the 1st tee, where the cost to play is $5/round and $8/day.