Monday July 09, 2012 | 09:05 AM
Summer can get stressful. There's all that sunshine you have to deal with, plus the warm weather that begs for casual wear and flip flops. You're forced to lounge ocean-side on a spread of sun-baked sand. Or maybe you're compelled to ride a bicycle, grill some steaks and paddle a river, sometimes all within the same weekend. Folks need an outlet to mentally manage such summer burdens. We recommend baseball bats. And putters. And plastic discs that look kinda like Frisbees - but they're not.
Swing for the fences! Hit a few balls without the hassle of having to play an actual game of baseball (who's got time to loiter in the outfield? It's summer. You're busy!). And while batting cages seem harder to find these days, we do know of a few:
York's Wild Kingdom
1 Animal Park Road, York | 363-4911 | www.yorkzoo.com
Find the cages just inside the the confines of the amusement park (if you enter from downtown York, versus Route 1). The park is open all summer from noon to 9:30 p.m.
Schooner Minature Golf
58 Ocean Park Road, Saco | 284-6174 | schoonerminigolf.net/batting-cages
The mini golf course is worth a visit - it's a purty little course high on Vacationland ambiance. But the batting cages are great, too. $1 gets a batter 16 pitches and the cages offer speeds ranging from 25 mph slow-pitch softball up to 60+ mph Major League Baseball.
Augusta Golf Park
225 Hospital St., (Route 9), Augusta | 623-0859 | www.discgolfmaine.com
This place is a catch-all for things-to-throw-and-swing, featuring batting cages and a driving range and disc golf course. As far as the batting goes, it's 12 balls for $1. The golf park is open 9 a.m. to sunset Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to sunset on Saturday and Sunday.
It's like golf, without the clubs. Or the ball. Or the tee. Or the hole. Oh, forget it, it's nothing like golf. But spending a couple of hours on a well-groomed course can still bring zen into your life. And those brightly colored discs are happy to carry your stresses away.
Beaver Brook Disc Golf Course
1 Wilson Pond Road, North Monmouth | beaver-brook.com
Excellent beginner's course open May to October.
CR Farm Disc Golf
702 Lewiston Road, West Gardiner | lavalleelinksdiscgolf.com
One of Maine's largest facilities with pro-level (7,061 feet), intermediate (5,052) and recreational (4,400) courses.
LaVallee Links Disc Golf
85 Barber Road, Randolph | lavalleelinksdiscgolf.com
225 Hospital St., Augusta | www.discgolfmaine.com
Eighteen holes for $5 a day with discount cards available.
Porcupine Ridge Disc Golf
860 Church Hill Road, Augusta | 242-0256 | on facebook
The course is open seven days a week, 7am - 9pm. One round for $5 or $8 for all day. Dual tees for two distinct 18-hole courses. Wooded holes, a brook through five of the holes and plenty of variety.
Burnsboro Disc Golf Course
Burns Road, Vassalboro
Located on 20 acres where monthly tournaments are held.
D 'n' D Disc Golf
100 Philbrick Road, Sidney | 547-4612 | on Facebook
Challenging course charging $5 a day. Open 8:00 pm 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Skyriders Disc Golf
200 Ohio Hill Road, Fairfield | 313-9532 | on Facebook
Championship-level course charging $5 per person. Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to dark
Quaker Hill Disc Golf
146 Middle Road, Fairfield | 453-2013 | quakerhilldiscgolf.com
Eighteen-hole, 4,480-foot, par-60 course open year-round, sunrise to sunset.
Acker's Acres Disc Golf
180 Dingley Road, Bowdoinham | 737-2656 | ackersacresdiscgolf.com
Open year-round on about 20 acres of fairways through mostly mature forest. Hours are 7 a.m. to dusk seven days a week.
Basket Case Links Disc Golf
649 Boothbay Road, Edgecomb | www.pdga.com/
Course winds through woods and features some rock walls and challenging holes.
Enman Field Disc Golf
1024 River Road, Brunswick | 798-5000 | on Facebook
Offers two championship-caliber courses for players of all skill levels. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
Bennett Disc Farm
463 Fort Hill Road, Gorham
Dual tees on a 9-hole course that combines rolling hills and wooded holes.
Rocky Mountain Disc Golf
Seacoast Fun Park, Route 302, Windham | seacoastfunparks.com
Play 18 holes on a challenging course with wooded and mountain terrain. Course is attached to Seacoast Fun Park, which has vending machines, a cafe, arcade games and mini golf.
Pleasant Hill Disc Golf
38 Chamberlain Road, Scarborough | 883-8387 | www.philldiscgolf.com
Former ball golf course offers 18 holes on 40 acres, with a retail shop. Open seasonally, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days.
Boom Field Disc Golf
419 Boom Road, Saco | 423-5572 | on Facebook
Course stretches over 25.6 acres with trees, shrubs and deep rough. Charge is $5 per day.
Clover Farms Disc Golf
Day Road, Lyman | on Facebook
Open dawn until dusk. $3 for adults; under 13 play free with paid adult.
Woodland Valley Disc Golf
106 Burnham Road, Limerick | 229-9825 | www.woodlandvalleydiscgolf.com
Course features 36 holes with a clubhouse and pro shop. Play 18 holes for $5 and get a day pass for $8. Open 9 a.m. to dusk Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to dusk weekends.
The word "miniature" makes it sound like it's lesser than its long-drive, clubhouse-hanging cousin. Sure, a mini-golf course is smaller and has more windmills. Sure, six-year-olds often get holes in one and sometimes hit grownups in the shins with their clubs. But the mini golf course is big in spirit.
512 Warren Ave., Portland | 878-5800 |jokersfunandgames.com
Outdoor miniature golf May through September located at Jokers Fun and Games. Play 18 holes with waterfalls, streams, ponds and elaborate landscaping.
70 1st St., Old Orchard Beach | 934-5086 | www.piratescove.net
Putt your way through caves, over footbridges, and under cascading waterfalls, all amidst a fun-filled atmosphere of natural wonders, extraordinary landscaping, and enchanting pirate lore. Open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
Shaws Ridge Farm Mini Golf
55 Shaws Ridge Road, Sanford | 324-2600 |
Landscaped 18-hole course open seasonally. Also ice cream and BBQ Barn.
Schooner Mini Golf and Batting Cages
58 Ocean Park Road, Saco | 284-6174 | schoonerminigolf.net
Golf course features 75-foot schooner as the 11th hole. Pitching speeds in batting cages range from 25 mph slow pitch softball to 60-plus mph major league.
Wonder Mountain Miniature Golf
270 Post Road, Moody | 646-9655 | wondermountainminigolf.com
Two 18-hole mini golf courses, Electric Reef Fun Center and Treasure Trap Human Maze.
Martel's Ice Cream & Mini Golf
757 Portland Road, Saco | 283-1775 | maineminigolf.com
Fun challenging course located on the same site as an ice cream shop.
Seacoast Fun Park
Route 302, Windham | 892-5952 | seacoastfunparks.com
Course features 18 holes for $7.50 for adults. Course is part of Seacoast Fun Park, which has vending machines, a cafe, arcade games and disc golf.
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