March 28th, 2013:
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.