St. John Valley

FKOC to open disc golf course Sunday

FORT KENT, Maine   The Fort Kent Outdoor Center will celebrate the official opening of their new nine-hole disc golf course with the inaugural FKOC Disc Golf Tournament at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15.

 

Prior to the tournament, everyone is invited to participate in their Disc Golf Clinic at 2 p.m. Participants can learn the fundamentals before hitting the course. Experienced disc golfers will share information about the rules, disc selection, driving, approach shots and putting. 

The new course is open to the public every day during daylight hours.

  Disc golf is played much like golf.  Players throw a Frisbee-like disc into a metal basket. Similar to golf, where players use a different golf club depending on the shot they are trying to make, discs range in size depending on the speed and distance players want to achieve.  

Players keep a score card while playing the course, which is laid out throughout the ski trails at the FKOC, hoping to get the lowest score. 

The nine-hole course is now open, with plans to expand it to 18 holes for next season. Access to the course is free for FKOC members and $5 for non-members. These rates will remain in effect while the course is under construction, as they expand through next season.

  “Our goal is to provide year round recreational opportunities for our members and the community, and disc golf is a great fit for our venue. This activity is fun and affordable for the whole family,” said Carl Theriault, president of the FKOC club.

  The course installation was completed by many FKOC volunteers who have spent the summer cutting, trimming and setting up baskets.   At 2:30 groups of 3 or 4 players will hit the course to give it a try. Play on the 15th will be scramble-style.

  “As an avid disc golfer I was excited about the opportunity to play in Fort Kent and have been overwhelmed by the response of the volunteers willing to help get the course up and running,” reported Rudy Treichel. 

Discs and more information about the course can be obtained during business hours at Century Theater on Hall Street in Fort Kent. Discs may be rented from the theater.

  For more information follow the Fort Kent Outdoor Center on Facebook or check out their website at www.fortkentoc.org.

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