July 30th, 2013:
OTTERBROOK DISC GOLF COURSE IS OPEN AND READY FOR PLAY!!!
After 18 months of work we are open for play. There are SOO many people to thank I'm not sure where to start.
First and foremost the Army Core of Engineers. They have worked with us through out this process, and were the folks that let us come in there in build the course. Couldn't have done it without their permission.
Second and most importantly, the guy that did the majority of the actual WORK to put this thing in, Rob Breckenridge. I don't know what to say other than wow. This dude has been out there countless (probably over 500 hours) cutting, moving, designing, he's really done it all. If you catch him on the course please give him a HUGE thank you. Without him, this wouldn't be even close to done.
There are over 30 other people that have volunteered time and have done things to make this project viable. Just amazing to see a community come together to make this dream a reality.
So where is the course? Above is a link for directions and park rules. PLEASE FOLLOW THEM. We need to make sure we treat the course with respect, and follow the park rules. One person can blow it for everyone, so don't be that person.
July 16th, 2013:
WORK DAY JULY 27th starting at 9 am. Please come out and lend a hand if only for a couple hours. We are real close this Gem of a course being finished, we just need some volunteers to finish it up.
June 14th, 2013:
We are on the final PUSH. Last hole to complete and then baskets in the ground! We need help. Rob has been out there for a STUPID number of hours putting this thing in, let's close it out for him. We've had a few volunteers lately but we only have one more hole so PLEASE PLEASE come out and help. This Saturday, Rob will be out there chain saw in hand rocking hole seven. The gates are open now so you can drive in. Robs truck will be parked on the road so just head into the woods and follow the sound of chain saw.
Here he is taking a well deserved moment of Zen.
June 12th, 2013:
March 28th, 2013:
League night started last night at Granite Gorge. It was POURING so it was just Rob and I. We will be doing leagues at GG every Tuesday starting at 5:45 - 6:00 ish. Format TBD depending on turn out. Come grow the sport in Keene NH, and play a little mountain man Discgolf!
Also Friday afternoon, and Saturday this week Rob and I will be out working on hole 7 at Otterbrook. It's the LAST HOLE on the front 9 that needs work. We are just about ready to sink some baskets so PLEASE PLEASE, if you can, come out and lend a hand. This is a long par 4, so we will need all the help we can get. Drop me or Rob an email to either of us and we can give you info on when we are there (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Big thank you to Clark J. for putting together a map for Granite Gorge. Links will be on the Granite Gorge website soon.
COURSE MAP HERE
May 24th, 2013:
Some amazing things have been happening since our last update.
DISC GOLF COMES TO THE KEENE AREA!!
The biggest news is the grand opening of a discgolf course opening at Granite Gorge Ski area June 1st. The course will be open at 10 am, and it will be $5 to play for the day. Part of the festivities will include discs with the Granite Gorge logo on them which can be purchased onsite. The bar, and restaurant will be open for lunch and beverages of all types. The KDGC will also be running a random doubles tournament starting at 3pm. KDGC will also be offering bag tags for purchase to help fund the purchase of baskets for the back nine at Otter brook dam. We have a limited number so bring $20 to buy the tags that day. We won't hold them for people since we only have 10.
We hope to see a lot of people there June 1st. Directions can be found here: http://www.granitegorge.com/the-mountain/directions/
ALSO: We are planning on running Tuesday evening leagues at GG, starting after the grand opening. The BMX folks are running races Tuesday nights so the bar/restaurant will be open on Tuesdays as well.
AND SPEAKING of OTTER BROOK.
We have completed 7 of the nine holes. Holes 1-6 and 8 have been cut. We are planning on digging holes the weekend of the Granite Gorge festivities and get some lessons on installing the sleeves. :-) Which means we are VERY close to two DG courses within 3 minutes of each other very soon. We still need a lot of help with hole 7. Hole 4 took at least 100 man hours to complete, and hole 7 is the mirror of hole 4, except it's a par 4, which means equal to more work. So we need all the help we can get. Email/facebook/tweet or call (Derek 603-762-1607) if you want to volunteer.
Special thanks to the Keene State Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity for their help clearing hole 4. We really wouldn't be where we are without their help!
We are back on track with workdays, fund raising, and hopefully volunteers to get things completed. We’ve also added a forum to the webpage so please sign up for the forum. League announcements, workdays that sort of thing will be posted there along with FB, and twitter.
I also spoke with the Army Corps today to let them know we will be in there doing work as of Friday this week. As people may have been reading our Congress and President can’t seem to get along, and it could affect things at the park. The cuts could mean furlows, which would mean shorter hours for Army Corps employee, shorter park hours, and maybe even days where the park gates will be closed. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but it certainly doesn’t look good for the Army Corps folks over at Otterbrook.
So what does that mean to us? Not much really. It will mean that on those days the park is closed, we will be parking on the top parking lot and walking in more. It also could mean that the back 9 baskets will need to come from donations/fund raising rather than the ACOE. Fortunately we have a plan for that but it is a bit of a bummer. Also it might mean less help with cutting trees etc from the ACOE, which means we will need all the volunteers we can get. Again no definitive decisions have been made, so we will continue with what we’ve been doing, and keep moving forward.
March 25th, 2013:
This is a couple days late coming but the weekends are the weekends.
So a few decisions and updates to provide:
Workdays: They will re-start Sunday April 14th @ 10 am at the course,
and will happen every Sunday after that in April (21, 28, May 5) .
Bring friends, chainsaws, and gloves. As of last year holes 1, 2, 4,
5, and 6 are playable. Just some cosmetic stuff needs completing.
We are going to concentrate on cutting and clearing hole 3 and 7
during the first couple work days. These seem to require the most work,
and this is really where we need the most help. Rob and Adam, have
done quite a bit on hole 3 so far, but it looks like a bomb went off, so
limbing the downed trees, and getting them off the fairway will be our
focus there. Hole 7 is a long par 4, and will probably require a full
workday to cut, and clear. Holes 8&9 haven't been touched but 8
won't take long, and 9 is being designed as a tight technical hole so
pole sawing will be the key on that hole.
Please gather as many bodies as you can, and as many
chainsaws as you can. We'd like to start leagues in June, so one last
push to get these holes completed.
Rob, Adam, and I
will be there on friday mornings working as well starting as soon as the
snow is gone. The forecast looks pretty decent so we are hoping to
get in there this Friday.
2. Fund Raising for the back 9 baskets:
are doing this in two ways. Chris Sherwin has offered his time to
make 10 bag tags to start with. Once we sell those out he can make
more. Bag tags 2-10 are available for purchase. Chris is going to
keep #1 so you gotta beat him to get it. ;-) I's not entirely sure
what to charge for these. I thinking $20-$25 but I don't know what bag
tags normally go for. Let me know what people think. Attached is a picture of the Bag tags.
We also voted on a "Otter" design for fund raising discs. Once we have it in digital form I will start working on getting the final design over to Innova, or Marshall street to get them made. The question is What disc do people want to see the log on? Send me your preferences, and I will tally them up.
last thing happened over the weekend. The organization "Explore Disc
Golf" reached out to me, and is willing to donate some free shirts to us
for our fund raising. I spoke with Brian Giggey at EDG this weekend
and he's very excited to help us out. We'll need a design etc... but
we still have some of Mark B's left, so I'd like to sell those first,
and then use the Explore Disc Golf possibilities.
That's really it for now.
me a ring or drop me a note if you have any questions, concerns, idea,
or new people to add to the mailing list. (603-762-1607)
Feb 22, 2013:
I know, and update has been forever coming. No excuses...
I hope your winter is going decent. Personally I can't wait for spring but to each their own.
We have quite a bit to talk about, so I'd like to get together to have a couple of beers at Elm City and discuss a few things.
Otterbrook work days. The snow will be gone at some point and there
is still a TON to do to get Otter Brook in shape for spring. The goal
is to get the 9 baskets in the ground by May, and start some league
night shortly after that. I'd like to schedule 3-4 work days, and if
we get enough people I think this goal is reachable.
Update on Granite Gorge. While I haven't been playing much, Titan and I
have been chatting people up and we've gotten a green light for a pay
to play course at GG. Titan's doing the design work, and fortunately
they have some muscle to do the work.
3. Fund raising for the back nine at OB.
4. Club recruiting.
We will meet in the bar area on March 22nd at 8pm. Bring a friend, colleague, significant other, or kid(s).
Call, email or text with any questions.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Dec 7th, 2012:
Rob and Titan B went out today and scouted out the back nine. They have makred the holes with signage, and flags. soo much work to do, but things are moving forward. Extra thanks to Rob and Titan. Titan has done most of the design work, and Rob has done most of the heavy lifting. Rob's been putting in 20+ hours a week MINIMUM on the course. Sometimes 30+. He's a BEAST.
Please reach out or follow us on twitter and/or facebook for workday info.
Dec 6, 2012:
It's been a while since my last update. No excuses really. Holes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 have been cut and are throwable. We are still waiting to put the baskets in. We kind of want to make it a big deal. Plus the ground has frozen up on us so we may need to wait till Spring. That's okay though, there is more than enough work to do before the course is ready to go.
We've had 3 organized work days and have fun each time. Here are a few pictures from the workdays and also the progress on some of the holes:
We are hoping to get an article in the Keene State College newspaper over the next couple of weeks.
Nov. 13th, 2012:
Lots of work done this past weekend during our first workday. We had 6 volunteers come out on Sunday, and 3 on Saturday. Main access road for the ACOE has been cut and cleared. Holes 1, 2, 5 & 6 have been cut and cleared. Still some bridges to be made and pole sawing but I would say these holes are playable but rough around the edges. Hole 3 cutting started on Sunday, and it's mostly big trees so it should go pretty quick.
Some pictures from the work day https://picasaweb.google.com/102950135149807668972/OtterBrookCourseWorkInAction#5809705338818628546
Another workday this Sunday @ 10 am. Focus will be clearing more on hole 2, and 3. And major pol saw work to be done.
Progress is being made.
Nov 1st, 2012:
Reminder about the club meeting Friday Nov 2nd at 8:30 at Elm City Brewery.
For those of you who can't make but would like to offer some help we are
signing up for workdays: Nov 11th, 18th, and 25th. All Sundays,
starting at 10 am till when ever. if you can make the meeting, let me
know here or via email (email@example.com)
and I'll sign you up for a day. We really need pole saws, weedwackers
w/saw attachments, and lopers. We also need lots of "backs" to move
logs and downed trees off the fariways.
If you have a chain saw I will have the waiver for on the 2nd, and on the workdays.
October 17th, 2012:
KDGC MEETING NOV. 2nd, 8:30 PM @ Elm City Brewery in Keene
1. Work day sign ups
2. Fund raising ideas
3. Tee Pad ideas / Sign up
4. Release form signatures.
Tell your friends and bring someone with you!
October 16th, 2012:
Had a great meeting with the USACE and have a release form so we can start using chainsaws on the course. Work should go a lot faster now! We also have an update to the letter of agreement which should be completed this week.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!! If anyone would like to help work on the course or provide any other help (specifically graphic design) please reach out to us
October 8, 21012:
The tree marking and thinning has begun. Some of us went over Friday morning to paint/mark some of the trees to clear out some of the fairways. We were able to paint trees on for the first 9 holes, as well as put up signs for the tee's, and "next tee" signs so the course should be easier to follow. We also spent most of the morning trimming some of the more dangerous limbs between holes, as well as on the fairways. There is no shortage of work to be done.
I am planning on heading over almost every Friday morning until it gets too cold so if you are interested in lending a hand please reach out to us via email, twitter or facebook. We'd love to take you for a walk through of the holes and show you some of the tasks that need attention. Most of the work will be pretty self-evident, but we'd still like to show you the vision. We are in constant communication with the ACOE who is offering to cut the larger trees, but like I said, there is a TON of pole saw, or trail work to be done.
We need volunteers so even if you have only a couple of hours to offer we'll take it. This is a community course, so the more volunteers, the more it becomes everyone's place to play.
October 2, 2012:
Quickie update. Please check out the forum on the nefa.com website for more info on the course.
Also some of us will be at Otter Brook Friday Oct 5th 9:30am ish, to start cutting little stuff, and to tag some of the big trees for a couple hours. If you have time we can always use the help.
October 1, 2012:
WE ARE A GO!!!!
The Army corp has given us official permission to start cutting out fairways for the newly designed 18 holes at Otter Brook in Keene. The course is going to be an all woods course, with lot's of elevation changes, and some length. We are planning on creating shorter tees for newer players, but the first step is to create some fairways. You can see pre-cut pictures HERE an we will have the holes mapped out once we are able to have a full day of work on the course.
We want to again thank the Army Corps for helping us work through the logistics and issues of flooding we've been having this summer. Also thanks to Titan
Watch for updates and work days as they become available on our FACEBOOK PAGE. Hopefully I'll update this site more often.
with design help. There's a TON of work to do but please take a look at the pre-cut course pictures. It's gonna tough but fair.
They were gracious enough to provide us a
topo map of the area. It's tough to tell from the images, but the land definitely has some possibilities.
Please check back periodically with updates as they occur. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
Contact us if you are interested in volunteering or helping with getting things started with the town.