Inaugural event celebrates course expansion
LUDLOW - The Maples Disc Golf Course at Okemo Mountain Resort
will host The Maples Open Disc Golf Tournament on Sat., July 13.
Registration starts at 9 a.m. and tee off is slated for 10 a.m.
Instead of a ball and clubs, disc golf players use flying discs
and the holes are elevated baskets. The Maples Disc Golf Course has
just completed a redesign and nine-hole expansion. Okemo employees
Adam Ford and Dennis Brady were the course designers.
"The front nine is a bit shorter than it was previously. It
winds in and out of the woods along Coleman Brook and along the
Wetlands Trail. The back nine features professional steel-hole
baskets and the holes are all longer, with the 18th measuring just
shy of 500 feet," said Ford. "All 18 holes feature new 5'x10'
packed gravel tee pads.
The front nine of The Maples Course offers play uniquely
inspired by Vermont's maple sugaring traditions. Galvanized metal
sap buckets atop wooden posts bare the number of each hole, and
metal tubs serve as the receptacles for final throws. Each tee box
offers an interpretive tour of sugaring, so players learn a little
about how maple syrup is made along the way.
The changes in the course make it a physical challenge," said
course co-designer Dennis Brady. "It's fun and good exercise."
The Maples Open will be the first tournament on the expanded
18-hole course. This tournament is open to all ability levels.
Players will enter in one of the following divisions: Pro Men, for
players with an average score under par; Men: for players with an
average score at, or above, par,
Women; Juniors, for all players
The tournament will consist of an individual scored round of 18
holes. Following a lunch break, players will divide into groups and
play a team round on the new back nine. The registration fee of $20
per player includes a player gift pack.
The Maples Disc Golf Course is open to the public seven days a
week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Fridays. The
greens fee is $5 for a round or $10 including disc rental.
Unlimited play is included with the purchase of an Adventure Zone
For more information, visit Okemo.com or call (802)