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Okemo to host disc golf tournament

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 under 16.

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 wristband.

For more information, visit Okemo.com or call (802) 228-1600.