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Summer Time & The Livin's Easy 

Friday, August 09, 2013  by mcmanus

It's Summer 2013 and the NEFAland tournament season is in full throttle.  From NY/NJ to Northern Maine, there are NEFA points tournaments nearly every weekend, so check out the tournament thread in the NEFA DISCussion forum for details on upcoming events.  Speaking of events, we are just around the corner from The Vibram Open the crowning National Tour Event of the year at Maple Hill DGC in Leicester, MA


Come check out the Vibram Open festivities running from August 21rst to the 25th.  Watch the country's top pros and NEFAland's best compete against each other on the challenging Maple Hill Golds layout

Summer time also means road tripping, along with beaches, BBQs and beer of course.  My most recent road trip was to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park at the end of July.  Given my inability to take a vacation without a disc golf stopover, my girlfriend and I planned a route to Bar Harbor via Monmouth and Sabattus.  Our first stop was to the Beaver Brook Campground in Monmouth for a 1 night camping stayover on Lake Androscoggin.  The campground is set in a beautiful location complete with a nice brook running through the center and plenty of sites right on the water.  

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 More importantly, Beaver Brook is home to the oldest disc golf course in New England.  A Steady Ed Headrick design, the course is short by standards; however, it contains that classic twisting, turning, rather nonsensical but highly technical Headrick
layout, very similar to Hunt's Mean 18 at Rindge, NH...another Ed Headrick course. 


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Our next stop took us to the Town of Sabattus, Maine.  Travelling down Bowdoinham Rd through Sabattus, you see the typical Maine landscape on either side of the road...endless stretches of forest, interrupted by the occasional farm or meadow. Then, like a shining beacon, we see this giant disc golf basket water fountain welcoming us to Sabattus DGC  Do you remember that feeling you had as a kid when you were getting ready to board a new roller coaster or some other thrill ride at the amusement park?...that's the same feeling I got pulling into the parking lot at Sabattus...nose pressed against the car window like a dog that just spotted a fat, juicy cat outside....I couldn't wait to check things out!  

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Impeccably groomed, signed and situated, Sabattus contains 3 completely separate courses that branch off the main parking lot in every direction.  Centered by a really nice and modern pro shop that has everything disc golf related under the sun, the 3 courses (Eagle, Hawk and  Owl) cater to all different ability levels with the Eagle being the most challenging and the Owl a short pitch/putt, family friendly 9 hole layout.  

As expected, Sabattus did not disappoint.  We played the Hawk Course first, a nice mix of short, medium and long holes combining open fields with woods and some areas of bordering creek beds.  Granite sign posts, wood chips and stone dust throughout, the Hawk was a visual treat.  My girlfriend managed to get her first birdie on a 177' par 3!  The staff was very helpful and friendly.

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Both Sabattus and Beaver Brook were well worth the trip and combining the two makes for a really nice disc golf road trip.  We played a few holes on the Owl Course before heading back on the road to Bar Harbor and Acadia.  

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Hole 1 Acadia DGC: 15,000 ft par 100 from Cadillac Mtn to Bar Island  (a guy can dream can't he?)


If you have any disc related stories you'd like to share, hit me up at staraviar@yahoo.com and I'll post em on the blog.  Enjoy the rest of the Summer and see you out on the course!

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Remembering A True NEFA Legend: David Stidham 

Saturday, March 30, 2013  by mcmanus

 

"May those of us that knew him never forget him and do what is needed in our community to keep his memory alive"

"Dave was a great friend to disc golfers and a great promoter of the sport in this area"

"RIP Dave. You helped myself and so many others get into the sport and did so much good for the disc community, and of course the people of Haiti. You will be greatly missed."

"intangible energy, positivity, and awesomeness"

"Dave was just a great person, a quality human being all the way."

"Dave did things his way which more often than not was what I considered to be the right way"

"We are a lucky group of people to have known Dave Stidham."

"one of the absolute best Lead-By-Example people in our disc golf world"

"Dave was a class act, a quiet, kind leader who showed that actions speak much louder than words"

 "he made you feel remembered when you approached the TD table. RIP."

"Always calm, always caring, always doing for others here and so much for Haiti over the years. RIP Dave"

 "he had a big heart and disc golf was a way for him to give back......and that's what it's all about.........Rest in Peace Dave"

These are but a handful of the sentiments expressed by the NEFA brotherhood over the passing of a true ambassador to the sport of disc golf and the world beyond it.  David Stidham represented what we all aspire to be....kind, caring, selfless, charitable...in other words, all of the qualities that make one at peace with themselves and the world around them.

A retired Park Manager for the Army Corps of Engineers at Buffumville Lake in Charlton, MA, David was instrumental in establishing disc golf on federal Army Corps lands here in Massachusetts.  Starting with a single object course at Buffumville, Dave's influence and tireless dedication to the sport, along with many other dedicated and selfless volunteers, resulted in the ultimate establishment of five disc golf courses on Army Corps dam sites (Buffumville, Hodges Village, Barre Falls, Tully Lake and  West Thompson in CT)

In addition to family, friends and disc golf, one of David's major passions in life was raising awareness and funding for the Coastal Haiti Mission, a foster care program for homeless children in a section of northern Haiti.  David dedicated a great deal of time and effort for this mission and the Ice Bowls he ran dedicated a portion of the registration fees to support this charitable endeavor.  David's charity work is just one more reminder why we stand in awe and admiration of his accomplishments and the way he lived his life.  Moreover, it is a reminder of how much he meant to so many and how dearly he will be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to David's family and friends.  Rest in Peace David, you are a beautiful soul, a true NEFA legend and you will never, ever be forgotten.

If anyone is interested in donating funds and/or materials, labor, etc  to a memorial stairway at Buffumville in David's honor, please follow the NEFA discussion forum thread here


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I Only Have Ice For You 

Thursday, December 06, 2012  by mcmanus

Time to bust out the yax trax, hand warmers and home made chili recipes because the Ice Bowl season is rapidly approaching. An annual right of passage into the winter disc golf season, ice bowls remind all of us that there's nothing that nature can throw down that will come between a man and his appointed rounds of disc golf.  More importantly, its an opportunity to help those in need with donations of food, clothing and monetary assistance. 

 Here's the skinny on upcoming Ice Bowl events throughout NEFA land:

1-5-13:   12th Annual Flatrock Ice Skins

1-5-13:    Mt Kisko Ice Bowl

1-5-12:  Adirondack Ice Bowl, Cadyville DGC  Plattsburgh, NY

1-12-13Tully Lake Ice Damned III PDGA C-Tier

1-26-13:  3rd Annual Bellamy Park Ice Bowl.  Dover, NH

1-26-12: Ice Bucket VII, Center Chains DGC, Waterbury VT.

2-2-13:    Crane Hill Ice Bowl

2-9-13:    7th Annual J-Park Ice Bowl PDGA C-Tier

2-16-13:  18th Rhode Island Frostbite Classic- Ninigret Park, Charlestown RI

2-16-1315th Annual Warwick Ice Bowl

2-17-13:  12th Annual Buffumville Lake Ice Bowl Doubles

2-23-13FDR Ice Bowl

3-2-13Cranbury Park Ice Bowl

 

If you are hosting a charitable Ice Bowl event and would like to have it advertised here, send me the info (staraviar@yahoo.com) and I'll add it to the blog. Also, feel free to send me some pics/stories from Ice Bowl events, including how much $$ was raised for charities!!   

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Course Spotlight: Dacey Community Fields 

Friday, November 16, 2012  by mcmanus

For those disc golfers starving for a new course in the dg wasteland of the Route 495 southeast corridor, your ship has come in!  Dacey Community Fields  park in Franklin MA is officially open!

Hole 1: Dacey Community Park

While this par 62, 5,890 foot course is still being tweaked for tee pad work, fairway clearing and overall flow, it is quite playable in its current state.  The course is entirely wooded and offers a challenging variety of flat, uphill and downhill layouts that will require a variety of shots from the bag.  Placement shots are key on this course; however, there are also opportunities for long bombs, but accuracy is a constant throughout.  Hole 1 (295 ft par 4) starts you off with a bang....a lefty hyzer or righty flick down a tight, flat dogleg right corridor, interrupted by a creek just beyond the midway point. 

The course has good flow, with the exception of holes 17 and 18 where you must backtrack a bit; however, I've heard that's also being tweaked.  Most impressive is the layout of the fairways.  Course designers Jay Mello and Ryan Jette have done a masterful job in designing Dacey to be a very technical course with deceptively long fairways and challenging pin placements.  The course is neatly tucked away behind the athletic fields of Dacey Community Fields and is a mere 20 minutes off route 495 at exit 17. 

A mere 25 minutes from Borderland DGC, Dacey offers a nice challenging alternative and the course is only going to get better over time.  A word of caution, the leaf litter hides many small cut stumps, so be mindful of your footing as you traverse the fairways.  Also, for those holes where the basket is blind from the tee pad, it may be a good idea to have a spotter, especially during leaf fall season and winter snow.  There are white arrows throughout the course to make finding the next hole relatively easy, just remember to look for them as there are cleared paths that lead to nowhere if you miss the arrows.  The first hole is a bit challenging to find.  When you pull into the parking lot, park on the left side and look for the practice basket in a raised grassy area between the left athletic field and the dog park on the right.  Go left from the practice basket and look for a pathway that goes into the woods on your right at the corner of the athletic field.  Follow the pathway and you will see a sign that says "next tee"..this will actually lead you to the first tee.(the sign may have changed since I was there)

Dacey is certainly a worthy and most welcome addition to the 495 corridor so take the time to check it out.  You can follow the NEFA thread on Dacey here to check up on the latest developments, gatherings, happenings, improvements, etc.  With Borderland getting more popular and crowded with each passing year , its certainly nice to have another choice in this area of MA..and what a great choice it is!  To my knowledge, the current course record is at 59, held by John Tserpes, so come and give it your best...you won't be disappointed!

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NEFA Fundraiser Disc Golf & Poker Tournament 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012  by sandy



I Want To Thank Some Sponsors (click on the links and check out the sites)

Redd's in Rozzie or "R'N'R"

Berkshire Brewing Company 

Gardner Ale House

Charlton Woods


So we are going to try something new this year. And bringing back a old tradition that has been lost.
NEFA Fundraiser Disc Golf & Poker Tournament and Banquet
We wanted to finish this year off with a bang. So Charlton Woods has graciously let us use the Lodge for this event.
The Date is November 10th
It will be 1 round of disc followed by our NEFA Charity Poker Tourney, then followed by our hopefully Annual NEFA Banquet
All the info is on this flyer or on the NEFA forum site located here.
NEFA Fundraiser

Also we are trying to also include a Silent Auction for people to bid on. We will have some wicked sick items, Kid.
So lets make this year the best year and have an awesome turnout.

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