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Fort Kent Outdoor Center to open disc golf course

FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Outdoor Center has completed the construction of an 18-hole disc golf course. The course will officially open on at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, with an open house.  

During this time, instruction and tours will be available for those looking to learn more about the sport. 

Disc golf combines the rules of golf with the flight of a disc. Players throw a disc from a tee pad toward a disc catcher ranging from 180 to 360 feet away.  Successive throws are made until the disc lands in the basket. There is a set “par” per hole, and players keep score the same way as golf. The player with the lowest total strokes for the entire course wins. 

The 18-hole course was built thanks to hundreds of enthusiastic volunteer hours, and the guidance of some experienced Pineland Farms employees who have built two championship courses on the Pineland campus in New Gloucester Maine, said Jamie Guerrette of Pineland Farms.

The course starts from the FKOC, meanders to the top of Lonesome Pine Trails, and returns back to the center’s parking lot. 

“The new 18-hole disc golf course is a great addition to our summer activities that is fun for all ages and abilities. This is a great family game to get everyone involved,” said Carl Theriault, FKOC president.

“We are thrilled to have the project completed and ready to get more people to enjoy FKOC. We look forward to showing off the course on Sept. 12,” he said.

 Disc golf is the fastest growing sport in Maine. It has been around since 1975, with more than 60 courses located throughout the state. Guerrette said the FKOC is home to the most northern disc golf course in the continental U.S.

Players can enjoy 18-holes of disc golf for $5 per round or a $60 yearly membership. Rentals discs are available outside of the lodge for $1/disc. Daily fees may be left in the honor box or accessed through the QR code available by the rental discs. 

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