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Where to Play Disc Golf in Central Mass

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Have you ever had one of those days where you can’t find anything fun to do? Summer vacation is quickly approaching for students throughout Central Mass and vacations are being planned left and right, but what about those down days where there’s nothing going on?

There is no reason to be stuck on the couch this summer with ten disc golf courses throughout Worcester County. Bring your friends or make some new ones while enjoying the great outdoors and getting a day’s full of exercise all at once. This could well become one of your favorite hobbies, so get outside and explore these unique courses! Here is a complete list of disc golf courses throughout Central Massachusetts including one right here in Worcester.

Disc Golf, like the name implies, mixes the art of throwing a disc and the rules of golf. The idea is to get the disc in a catching net, or hit a pole with the disc, in as few throws as possible. A player does this by throwing the disc as far as they can, while avoiding obstacles like trees, water hazards, structures and shrubbery. Like in golf, the lower the score the better, and a skilled disc golfer has a great combination of length on their throws as well as accuracy.

Flat Rock DGC: Athol, MA: 18 Polehole: (Pay)
This course is great for experienced players as you need to have every type of shot on lockdown if you want to put up an excellent score. Flat Rock DGC was established in 2003 and its layout is mostly flat with heavily wooded areas paired with an artistic touch by designer Sean Franchi. It is a full course with 18 homemade disc catchers and the course length is 6,078ft with an average hole distance of 342ft. It is tough to find course as it’s nestled in the woods so before so set out to Athol, make sure you know where you’re going.

Barre Falls Dam: Barre, MA: 18 Discatcher: (Free)
Barre Falls Dam contains more open field than most disc golf courses making it a great spot for beginners to take their game to the next level. This course was founded in 2001 and is lightly wooded along with some moderate hills. The designers of this course are Bill MacWilliams, Brent Sanderson, and Jason Southwick and it is loaded with beautiful scenery to compliment its great play.

Buffumville Lake: Charlton, MA: 27 Polehole: (Free)
With concrete tee pads and well manicured fairways, Buffumville makes for a great day of disc golf. There are 27 holes which consist of easy open shots and heavily wooded shots making the course a great place for every skill level. Swimming is allowed here at Buffumville and if you like a real challenge, two of their holes involve clearing bodies of water. So, if you are going to attempt their advanced holes, make sure you bring a big arm or your bathing suit.

Maple Hill: Leicester, MA: 36 Chainstar: (Pay)

A championship caliber course located west of Worcester in the neighboring town of Leicester, Maple Hill has numerous ponds, great fairways, and is host to numerous tournaments such as the Vibram Open. This course was created in 2002 and is open from New Years to Thanksgiving. Maple Hill also offers three configurations of their course ranging from an easy 4,900ft course, to a challenging 8,300ft course. If you’re looking for the full disc golf experience, then you have to check out Maple Hill.

Pyramids: Leicester, MA: 36 Chainstar/Discatcher: (Pay)

Right down the road from Maple Hill lays Pyramids, another great course sporting its own disc golf sports shop. The course landscape is mostly wooded with moderate elevation changes. The course was established in 1988, making it the oldest course in Central Massachusetts. This course receives great reviews and

is easy to navigate making, Pyramids a great place to purchase new discs and play great holes.

Hodges Village Dam: Oxford, MA: 9 Polehole: (Free)
This course has little upkeep and you will be teeing off on the dirt ground but, if you are a disc golf enthusiast, this course is open every day of the year and isn’t as crowed as nearby Buffumville. Hodges Village Dam is a 9-hole course with a lot of potential for expansion and contains a few risk-reward shots that involve some water. Overall, the course is fairly easy, making Hodges a great place to get in some practice without dealing with a large crowd.

Goodnow Park: Princeton, MA: 9 Polehole: (Free)
Established in 1989, Goodnow Park is the second oldest disc golf course in Central Massachusetts. In 2010 the town of Princeton voted to add nine holes to the course making it a full 18 holes but following the layout may be a minor issue with poor sign usage. However, this course has low-traffic and fun terrain which makes for a good day of disking.

Hyland Orchard & Brewery DGC: Sturbridge, MA: 18 Chainstar: (Pay)
This makes for a very unique course as it hosts an on-site brewery making it a great spot to enjoy a day off with some friends. Length of course reaches 6,249ft with 18 holes among a hilly and wooded terrain. There are shelters with picnic tables in case you run into some bad weather, a petting zoo, a concert pavilion, as well as a playground. This land receives high praise from local disc-golfers, so if you want to play an instant classic, head over to Sturbridge.

Webster Fish and Game Club: Webster, MA: 18 Chainstar: (Pay)
Webster Fish and Game Club is the newest disc golf course in Central Massachusetts, established in 2011 by designer Jason Southwick. This course is mostly flat and moderately wooded with a 5,050ft course length. It offers 18 holes with rubber tees and a pub on-site making it stand out from other discgolf courses.

Newton Hill: Worcester, MA: 18 Chainstar: Contact: (Free)
Newton Hill is located in the heart of Worcester and is essentially a component of Elm Park. Parking is located behind Doherty High school and the course was formed in 2009. It includes 18-holes with extreme elevation changes and is moderately wooded. If you are looking for a leg workout and a challenge for your arm Newton Hill is your perfect fit. 


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