For those of us who live on the West Coast or in the Midwest, the idea of playing disc golf in the Northeastern part of the country seems rather idyllic. We imagine fall foliage made up of beautiful colors that take our breath away, and while that perspective is true several months out of the year, the Northeast has a lot more to offer.
Today we’re going to explore some of the hidden gems that make this part of the country so special. We all know about Maple Hill and Smugglers’ Notch, but let’s find some of the smaller courses and towns that might be worth paying a visit to.
Described as a heavily wooded and very hilly course established in 2016, the 501 Disc Golf course brings you some true New England flair. A figure 8 layout winds its way through an old forest and uses stone walls to indicate OB areas. The course has a lot of nice smaller touches like log benches, brooms at the tee pads, and a good amount of variation between the holes.
Once you’ve played a round or two, it’s time to check out Warren, the home of 501 Disc Golf. Nestled roughly in the middle of the state, it’s a small community of around 5,000 people. Given its location, you can only imagine the amount of historic landmarks and appeal that this small town brings to tourists. If you’re hungry, check out Mason’s Grille, a cozy diner with more 5 star reviews than you can count.
You can’t get any more Northeast than in Maine, and Porcupine Ridge has to be a part of your itinerary the next time you’re in the area. Established in 2011, this 18-hole layout will challenge even the best in your group with a nice mix of open fairways and tightly wooded holes.
Concrete tee pads for both beginners and pros only add to the polished look and feel of the course, and you can even buy drinks and snacks on site if you’ve forgotten yours. As a pay to play course, Porcupine Ridge will cost you $5 for one round or $8 for all day play.
If you haven’t gotten your fill of the great outdoors, head into Augusta and check out the Pine Tree State Arboretum, a 224-acre park and botanical garden. Six miles of hiking trails await you if you still have the strength.
Short on time but still want to get some disc golf in? This sweet little 9-hole course gives you just a taste of the Northeastern way of life without taking up your entire afternoon. Canoe Creek State Park in itself has some awesome attractions, but a great mix of open and wooded holes gives beginners and pros alike something to look forward to.
Installed back in 2009, Canoe Creek State Park’s course offers a few different pin positions, but most holes will clock in right around the 200 to 300 foot range. Bring a handful of putters and take the time to perfect your upshots on this lovely piece of property.
Ready for some sightseeing? Hollidaysburg is home to several museums and more historic landmarks than you can count. Before you hit the road, take a spin at the Galactic Ice Arena or head to the Antique Depot for a little shopping.
The Northeast is so rich with disc golf courses that we surely couldn’t feature every layout in the area, so we’d love to know what your favorite courses are. Share with us not only the places to play but the cute little towns that you love in New England.