Service: Design and Site Planning
Location: Town of Wakefield
City: Wakefield, NH
Status: In progress
The Big Idea for the design of the Town of Wakefield’s 9-hole disc golf course was to provide a beginner-friendly layout that has high visibility to the surrounding land uses, while moving course users to significant on-site features throughout the dense New England woods. The course begins and ends in the center of the site where parking is ample, while the overall layout circumvents a large baseball field and soccer pitch. Many of the holes are visible from the sports fields, surrounding residential units and nearby road, but far enough away where there are no safety concerns. Locating the course in this section of the property was done so to help maximize the town’s investment by visible promotion of the course.
The course features slight changes in elevation throughout the entire 9 holes, while the majority of holes run throughout the tight wooded section of the property. While a back 9 to the course hasn’t been discussed, our firm did Master Plan the entire 60 acre site for future growth. Much of the Master Planned back 9 is similar to the front 9 with gentle changes in elevation and dense woods, but many specimen trees, stone walls and even a stream can be found in the far reaches of the property.
This beginner-friendly layout in Wakefield, NH will test the majority of skill levels. Many of the holes are in the 200′-300′ range, while the 150′ ace run 8th hole followed by the demanding 415′ par 4 finishing hole keeps all players on their toes. Throughout the course, there is a good variety of shotmaking with a premium placed on decision-making and thinking your way around the course.
While much of the course features slight changes in elevation, the 306′ 4th hole features a wonderful reclamation of space with a “turtleback green” being created out of a stump dump that is 8′ above the grade of the fairway. Once smoothed out with an excavator and filled over with soil, this “turtleback green” will provide a great signature hole on this course. Players will need to throw straight down a long tight gap to the basket that is located on the green that drops off on all sides.
The design received Final Flagging in December of 2014, and clearing of the course will begin over the winter by the Town of Wakefield.