Going for the basket at Gore Mountain. (Gore Mountain)
Want to add a little friendly competition to your mountainside hike? Disc golf at your favorite Eastern resort is a great way to get outside with your buddies, perfect your throw and explore the mountain from a new perspective. Scoring is the same as golf - count the number of throws needed to get the disc in the basket.
Mount Sunapee’s 18-hole course winds its way in and out of the woods as it follows Province Trail down from the top of South Peak. Take the Clipper Ship chairlift to the top of South Peak for the first tee box, cross over streams and stone walls, bend your throws around trees and rocks, and even tee off from the top of a cliff as you work your way down the mountainside. $10 includes chairlift ride to first tee box. Rent mid-range and putter discs for $5. Season passes available for $100.
Gore Mountain’s 9-hole course ranges from 180-foot par 3’s to 450+ -foot par 5's. The course gently winds through the base area and the holes highlight the natural terrain. Get a single round for $5 including disc rental, or unlimited daily use of base area attractions for $29.
Wildcat’s course consists of nine holes that start after a ride on the Snowcat lift. The natural terrain, elevation changes, trees, and target locations can be challenging obstacles. Rounds are $15 with disc rental; $10 without. An Ultimate Pass ($49) includes a gondola ride, two Ziprider tickets, and a round of golf with rentals.
Sunday River’s 18-hole course layout caters to families of all ages and abilities and allows for experienced players to enhance their technique of specialty shots, including doglegs, trees, and elevation changes. After riding the Chondola to the top of North Peak, take a 1.7-mile hike back down to the South Ridge base area, stopping to play at 18 fairways along the way. $20 for a round includes lift ride and discs.
Smugglers' Notch takes their disc golf seriously, with both 9- and 18-hole courses that will host the 2018 PDGA Pro World Championship. However, both courses have four tee boxes on each hole, ensuring that beginners through experts will be engaged. Lessons and clinics are available through the pro shop. $10 per day per course, $15 per day for both courses.