August 26, 2013

Disc golf is flying high in Greater Portland

Four courses have opened in the last year as interest grows in a sport that costs little and draws scores of enthusiasts.

By Matt Byrne mbyrne@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Peter Robinson watches his bid for a birdie sail just past the ninth hole Friday at the disc golf course the town of Cumberland created at its Twin Brook Park. Installing the course cost the town about $2,500, said Peter Bingham, the town’s recreation superintendent.

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Discs are available for players to use on the course. They range from drivers, meant to fly far, to putters, which are designed to go straight.

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HOW DO YOU PLAY DISC GOLF?

Players throw a disc, similar to a Frisbee. The goal is to get the disc in the basket at the end of each hole using as few throws as possible.

Play begins on each hole at a teeing area and ends at a basket.

After the player has thrown from the tee, each successive throw is made from where the previous throw came to rest.

– The Professional Disc Golf Association website

To set up the municipal course, Lindgren said Yarmouth spent about $3,500 on the project, which was completed with the help of local Boy Scouts, one of whom used the service project to obtain his Eagle Scout badge.

In nearby Cumberland, installing a nine-hole course at Twin Brook Park cost the town about $2,500, said Peter Bingham, the town's recreation superintendent.

In Yarmouth, a recreation employee, Kevin Broydrick, championed bringing the course to town and was instrumental in crafting a proposal before town government for financial approval. But there was no disc-golfing town employee in Cumberland. Bingham had never played, he said.

The idea to build a course came to him as he drove home from a ski trip in the Bethel area this past winter. He priced out equipment.

"It looked extremely feasible," he said.

The course, which opened in July and was the first municipal-owned disc facility in the state, costs $5 for one-day unlimited play, or $10 for groups of two or more. Currently, the course brings in about 50 paying rounds a week, with several dozen more of what Bingham called "play and getcha later" customers.

Bingham is happy to break even, he said, because the course offers an easy way to get outside for some unscheduled fun.

"If you've got a free Sunday afternoon and want to kill an hour and a half, you can go," he said. "It's all about promoting family."

Matt Byrne can be contacted at 791-6303 or at:

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Zachary Whiting, 10, of Cumberland, waits for his turn to throw after a fellow player tossed his disc into the ninth hole Friday.

  


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