Service: Site Planning and Consultation
Location: Point Lookout Resort
City: Northport, ME
The Big Idea for the design of the rustic disc golf course at Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center was to provide a recreational activity in close proximity to the resort’s infrastructural buildings so that teams could use centrally located building stations to create all the components of a disc golf hole. The site at Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center was used for a team building weekend for employees of Athena Healthcare, where amongst other activities, they had half a day to create a rustic disc golf course that would be donated to the resort as a community service project.
Athena Healthcare had more than 165 of their employees break into 18 teams, where each group was given a list of tasks that must be completed for the installation of the disc golf course to become a reality. Approved locations for each tee and target were flagged prior to the installation weekend, but teams were given a radius of 50′ where they could choose the specific locations for the tee pad and target of each hole. The 9 person teams than had to decide amongst themselves who would be responsible for each task. Tasks included: 1.) locating and constructing the tee pad, 2.) locating and constructing the target, 3.) determining hole par, length, elevation change and intended flight path, 4.) locating and constructing hole signage at the tee pad, 5.) locating and constructing wayfinding signage at the target and along the path to the next hole, 6.) locating and constructing a message board with course map at the first tee, and 7.) coordinating with surrounding holes to provide a uniform, consistent presentation of information.
The holes of the course were laid out in such a fashion that each team had easy access to one of three building stations, in addition to a power station that was located in the center of the course. The power station was used for cutting the parts for the wooden signage and targets, while the building stations were used for the construction of the parts into a presentable disc golf component. Teams were allotted 3 hours to complete the construction and installation of their given hole, so as you can see, the 9 person teams had to quickly figure out a task for each team member that would satisfy the requirement of a completed disc golf hole.
The response to the disc golf portion of the team building weekend from Athena Healthcare employees was extremely positive, and Explore Disc Golf was honored to be part of such a unique project. The course has now been donated to Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center as a community service project, and has seen over 100 people use the course in less than a week! The rustic course is a unique interpretation of “object golf” and will hopefully justify the implementation of an 18-hole championship course at the site in the future. The team building aspect of the course will eventually be brought to light through signage to explain exactly how it all came together and the purpose behind the community service project.