Service: Design and Site Planning
Location: Saratoga Spa State Park
City: Saratoga Springs, NY
The Big Idea for our 9-hole course design at Saratoga Spa State Park was to provide a highly visible and readily accessible course to disc golfers of all skill levels by circumventing Peerlees Pool — one of the park’s most popular amenities — while connecting to significant on-site features through multiple tee pads on each hole. Our dual tee pad design offers different looks at the same hole for players, of which they can play a 9-hole loop for the beginner tees or advanced tees, or play an 18-hole loop where players alternate between tees on concentric holes.
Our 9-hole permanent design, installed in July 2015, was adapted from our 9-hole temporary installation of The Mobile Disc Golf Experience during a two night run of Dave Matthews Band shows in May 2014 where our firmed designed/installed a course over the weekend and handed out free disc loaners to patrons for all to play. The course was very well received, and our firm was eventually chosen to be the lead on a permanent project a year later, only slightly revising the course routing to better connect back to the parking lot, and over more variety for players by utilizing some of the pine stand behind Peerless Pool.
While the course is fairly flat, the design provides an enjoyable challenge to both beginner and advanced players with technical lines and “turtleback greens” by way of using multiple groves of trees that require precision shots on what feels like a fairly open course. Dual tee pads have been designed on each hole, offering players an 18-hole course, while there are only 9 baskets. Each hole does not ecessarily offer a beginner or advanced tee, but a completely different look at the hole. The tees were then organized in such a fashion that there are 18 tees more than 2 tees (1 beginner, 1 advanced) per hole. Overall, playing an 18-hole loop on the dual tee pads offers a positive, yet challenging experience at one of New York’s most popular State Parks.
We look forward to the administration finalizing details about permanent tee pads and signage in the upcoming months. We also hope to see this course provide a jumping off point for a potential 18-hole course somewhere else on the property, as well!