Service: The Mobile Disc Golf Experience
Location: The Sports Arena
City: Bangor, ME
The Big Idea for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience at KahBang Music and Arts Festival in Bangor, ME was to provide a free, on-site recreational activity for the campers. The campground, which featured a late night tent and several other activities, was located on a golf driving range just a short shuttle ride from the main festival grounds.
While we’re always excited to design 3-6 hole layouts for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience, this project was one our toughest as we had two trees and small knoll to work with. Sometimes the more constraints the project has, the better the final outcome will be. That being said, the 3-hole course we created demanded a variety of shots, yet remained beginner-friendly to ensure that newcomers enjoy this wonderful sport.
Overall, the course was HIGHLY utilized by patrons, vendors, band members and staff. The 6-hole loop, which skirted along the edge of the property, circumvented the main stage area and ended at the on-site pond next to camping. Several patrons were found constantly putting on the baskets directly adjacent to their camping area, while many others were seen playing consecutive loops until they set the course record. All told, the design was complimented time and time again, as it provided enough of a challenge for advanced players to remain enticed to play multiple rounds a day, while remaining beginner-friendly so that it wasn’t a turn off to newcomers to the sport.
The 1st hole was 195′ a hyzer line to a basket tucked along the woodline. This wide open hole was a great start for beginners, as there was large room for error, while the majority of the difficulty of the hole came with judging the wind to this mostly, unprotected hole. The 2nd hole was the toughest on the course — a 252′ anyhzer line between two large pine trees that created a low ceiling. Hitting the gap, keeping the disc low enough to clear the trees yet high enough to make it to the basket was tougher than most anticipated. A par here was a great score. The 3rd and final hole was an ace run to a basket perched on a small knoll that was 6′ above the tee. The 153′ hole was rather open, but depending on wind conditions, the hole played harder than the 1st. While the tee shot was rather straight forward, sloppy putts could easily be compounded by runaway discs of the edge of the knoll. Birdie or ace was possible, but so was a larger number!
While we had little vegetation and change in elevation to deal with, we enjoyed our time laying our this 3-hole course at The Sports Arena. Seeing beginners enjoy the course is always a highlight! You can continue to look for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience by Explore Disc Golf at several more music festivals and events this summer, but please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to bring disc golf to your next event!