Disc golf course opens at Samoset ResortOpen to guests only at this point, but may open to public next year
Rockport — One of the state's fastest growing trends has landed in the Midcoast, a fact which is bound to be a hit with young and old.
The Samoset Resort in Rockport recently opened a nine-hole disc golf course.
The course is another component in the Samoset Resort's "Ultimate Backyard," which includes a pool, horseshoe pit, volleyball court, playground, basketball courts, tennis courts and fire pit.
Currently, the course is for guests of the resort.
"This is our test year," said Will Sedlack, Samoset Resort children's club and group activities supervisor. "We want to make sure everything is great and we're going to keep it limited to the guests."
Next year, Ocean Properties, which owns the Samoset Resort, will make a determination as to whether or not they will open the disc golf course to the public.
The game follows the same premise as regular golf — for which the Samoset Resort boasts one of the most recognizable courses in the state — obviously, with a few significant differences. First, the game is played with a Frisbee, the course is measured in feet rather than yards and instead of putting the ball in the hole, the object is to throw the Frisbee into a chained basket elevated off the ground.
"Disc golf is an emerging trend throughout the country, especially in New England," said Sedlack. "You see a lot of courses opening up. I think Sunday River just opened a course in Western Maine as well. It's something that's really popular, especially with the under [age] 40 crowd."
Sedlack said the activity can be viewed as "an alternative or a supplement to golf" and is also "a great family activity and great for young kids."
The Samoset course has two par-5, four par-4 and three par-3 holes, with the footage for each hole ranging from 131 to 378 feet. There also are specific Frisbees used for the sport with different weights for different situations. Just the way traditional golf has woods, irons and putters, disc golf has drivers, mid-range discs and putters.
The course begins near the fire pit and extends up and down the property from the basketball courts nearly to the bottom of the property near the entrance to the Rockland Breakwater.
Tee boxes recently were installed with signage for each hole.
The course recently opened, though rain put a damper on certain areas of the course in recent weeks. Sedlack said the response to the course and activity in the early going has been "very positive."
Maine has more than 25 disc golf courses throughout the state, with the closest to Knox County being in Edgecomb, Brunswick, Gardiner, Augusta, Sabattus, Bowdoinham and Randolph.
A majority of the courses in the state are located in central and southern Maine, with 20 or so in the area from Fairfield to Saco.
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