New England Disc Golf Center in Southwick offers a perfect outdoor recreation activity for families of all ages. If you're looking for a memory-making outdoor exploration for you multi-generational family -- this is the place. The easy-to-navigate trails and simple premise of the game make disc golf an activity all ages can enjoy -- from toddlers to seniors.
'But I don't know anything about disc golf,' you're thinking. Me neither. And that's OK. Learn by doing. Or just go check it out and have some fun outside with your kids. Disc golf is a great family sport and something you can all learn together. If you can throw a Frisbee you can participate in disc golf.
It's just what it sounds like -- (according to dictionary.com): a game in which a concave plastic disc is thrown into each of a series of metal baskets situated on an outdoor course, the object being to complete the course using the fewest possible throws. In the simplest form, disc golf is golf with Frisbee. And you're aiming at metal baskets instead of tiny holes in the ground. In its competitive form the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) is a membership-based organization with more than 120,000 members and there are more than 8,000 disc golf courses around the world. We're lucky to have one right here in Western Mass.
The site is open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk. Admission is $10/person/day for unlimited play -- stay as long or as little as you want. Payment is made on the honor system at the cash box near the shed in the parking lot -- that means CASH ONLY. All you need to bring with you is water, sunscreen, bug spray, and snacks. If you don't have discs to use there are always discs on site that you can borrow while you play.
New England Disc Golf Center was created to help preserve the beautiful forest that makes up the grounds. It's a great example of sustainable recreation in our area. You can follow along with all of their events and announcements on their Facebook page.
The site hosts league events and special events throughout the year. We enjoyed their Fireflies and Glow Disc Golf event earlier this summer and we can't wait to go back.
New England Disc Golf Center is located at 51 John Mason Road in Southwick. Set the GPS and keep driving until you're sure you're lost in the woods -- all of a sudden you'll be there. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!