Service: The Mobile Disc Golf Experience
Location: Camp Keewanee
City: Greenfield, MA
The Big Idea for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience at Strangecreek Campout was to provide a peaceful connection between the Main Stage/vending area and the beginning of camping where more than 7,000 patrons were scattered throughout the Camp KeeWanee woods. An area that was previously marked “The Forbidden Zone” was the perfect opportunity for a 3-hole disc golf course, as no camping or any sort of activity was permitted in this area in previous years. The connection was constantly utilized by disc golfers throughout the entire festival, and even frequented by patrons who were looking for a quiet reprieve from the main thoroughfare that connected the wooded camping to the Main Stage via the community bonfire and vending area.
The area utilized for the 3-hole disc golf course was a gorgeous parcel of land that featured several fern fields, tree house platforms and dried up creek beds. Hole and way finding signage were dotted throughout the course so that players and non-players a like could easily make their way to their desired location. Innova Disc Golf banners were also situated throughout the course to help steer patrons from basket to tee, while capturing beautiful vantage points within the forest.
With thousands of patrons in attendance, the disc golf course at Strangecreek Campout was a welcomed addition to this ever-popular gathering. With three stages, a community bonfire, a stream and multiple camping areas, the disc golf course provided a form of passive recreation for patrons. The 1st hole of the course was in close proximity to the Explore Disc Golf vending booth, while the last hole was situated close enough to the camping area that festival patrons could see the basket and know that disc golf was offered at the festival. Although we had a page on the festival’s website and a page in the festival brochure, the visibility of the 3rd basket proved to be a form of constant promotion and kept patrons frequenting our booth asking where the course started.
While our vending booth was full of FREE DISC RENTALS to play the course, in addition to discs and apparel for purchase, many patrons found themselves interacting with the portable basket that was set up in the middle of the vending area. After familiarizing themselves with the sport, they would eventually pick up some free rental discs and make their way to the 1st hole, which was directly adjacent to the booth. The 1st hole afforded players the option of a forehand flick or long, sweeping hyzer route through the scattered pines in the rough. The 2nd hole was a tunnel tee shot opening up to a hyzer line that gave players the chance for a realistic birdie. The basket was tucked by a dried up creek bed that caught many errant throws, leaving players with a straight uphill putt. The 3rd hole was a large, sweeping anhyzer that crossed another dried up creek bed and tunneled through a shoot of overarching trees. This was a challenging hole, but beginners could still enjoy it as the split fairway offered a longer hyzer route for those who chose it.
The reception of this Mobile Disc Golf Experience was overwhelming! There were several times throughout the weekend that the course was so packed full of players that groups has to wait. The 3-hole course was perfect as it could be completed in 10 minutes, and patrons could go back to their campsites or see music, before returning again. You can look for Explore Disc Golf’s Mobile Disc Golf Experience 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!