Disc golf course coming to Claremont’s Moody Park

  • A map of Moody Park shows the proposed disc golf course, in green, in the southwest corner of the park in Claremont, N.H. (Courtesy City of Claremont) Courtesy City of Claremont

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 4/15/2022 9:30:26 PM
Modified: 4/15/2022 9:29:17 PM

CLAREMONT — The increasingly popular game of disc golf will be coming to Claremont this summer with an 18-hole course at Moody Park.

On Wednesday, the City Council accepted a donation of almost $26,000 from Mike Lemieux, owner of Pine Hill Construction, for the purchase of baskets, tee boxes, concrete bases, benches, railroad ties and small concrete slabs and use of Pine Hill’s equipment to build the course.

For those not familiar with the game, disc golf challenges players to throw a disc (similar to a Frisbee) as few times as possible to land it in a pole-mounted basket about chest-high. As in regular golf, the low score wins.

Each hole will begin at a tee box, with the target, or basket, a few hundred feet away. Similar to golf, which has different clubs depending on the shot, different discs are used based on the distance.

Claremont Parks and Recreation Director Mark Brislin said the course has been laid out and will be in a rarely used area to the right of the park road just beyond the park entrance off Maple Avenue. He emphasized it will not encroach upon on any of the trails used by runners, walkers and bicyclists.

“Moody Park offers unique terrain that disc golfers would like, using the natural beauty and aesthetics of the park,” Brislin said. “This will be another great asset to the Claremont park system and would draw many people to the park.”

The park terrain in the area of the course includes a number of steep ravines that are not conducive for trails. Construction will be a volunteer effort beginning in June and will be led by Alex Baldwin, who told the council they have walked the area several times to lay out the course.

Baldwin said disc golf is an easy, minimal-cost activity, and the course will have low environmental impact on the park. Work will include installing the concrete bases for the basket poles, creating tee pads and general cleanup such as removal of undergrowth and dead trees and limbs to make walking the course easier. Because the terrain is steep and wet in some sections, rope railings, stairs and water bridges will be built.

Baldwin said he has heard from a lot of people through social media who are interested in helping with building the course. He welcomes anyone interested to email him at abaldwin91@gmail.com.

Those interested in learning the game, are looking for courses and seeking places to buy discs can download the free UDisc app on their phone.

Nearby disc golf courses are in Newport; Sunapee; Hartland; Bradford, Vt.; and Chester, Vt.

Patrick O’Grady can be reached at pogclmt@gmail.com.

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