Summer can get stressful. There’s all that sunshine you have to deal with, plus the warm weather that begs for casual wear and flip flops. You’re forced to lounge oceanside on a spread of sun-baked sand. Or maybe you’re compelled to ride a bicycle, grill some steaks, and paddle a river, sometimes all within the same weekend. Folks need an outlet to mentally manage such summer burdens. We recommend baseball bats. And putters. And plastic discs that look kinda like Frisbees – but they’re not.
It’s like golf, without the clubs. Or the ball. Or the tee. Or the hole. Oh, forget it, it’s nothing like golf. But spending a couple of hours on a well-groomed course can still bring zen into your life. And those brightly colored discs are happy to carry your stresses away.
Beaver Brook Disc Golf Course
1 Wilson Pond Road, North Monmouth | beaver-brook.com
Excellent beginner’s course open May to October.
CR Farm Disc Golf
702 Lewiston Road, West Gardiner | lavalleelinks.com
One of Maine’s largest facilities with pro-level (7,061 feet), intermediate (5,052) and recreational (4,400) courses.
LaVallee Links Disc Golf
85 Barber Road, Randolph | lavalleelinksdiscgolf.com
Troll Valley Disc Golf
Red School House Road, Farmington | 207-778-3656 | www.trollcampground.com
225 Hospital St., Augusta | www.discgolfmaine.com
Eighteen holes for $5 a day with discount cards available.
Porcupine Ridge Disc Golf
860 Church Hill Road, Augusta | 207-626-3039| on Facebook
The 18-hole course is open seven days a week, 8 am to 8 pm. One round for $5 or $8 for all day.
Burnsboro Disc Golf Course
Burns Road, Vassalboro | on Facebook
Located on 20 acres where monthly tournaments are held.
SMV Disc Golf
116 Pearl Road, Turner | on Facebook
Open daily from 9 am-7 pm
DND Disc Golf
214 Philbrick Road, Sidney | 207-547-4612 | on Facebook
Challenging course charging $5 a day. Open 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Sunday. And “DND” stands for the owners’ kids: Derek and Dylan, in case you were wondering.
Skyriders Disc Golf
200 Ohio Hill Road, Fairfield | 207-313-9532 | www.skyridersdiscgolf.com/
Professional-level course charging $5 per person. Open 7 days a week from 9 am to dark
Quaker Hill Disc Golf
146 Middle Road, Fairfield | 207-453-2013 | quakerhilldiscgolf.com
Eighteen-hole, 4,480-foot, par-60 course open year-round, sunrise to sunset. $5 for 18-hole round.
Acker’s Acres Disc Golf
180 Dingley Road, Bowdoinham | 207-737-2656 | ackersacresdiscgolf.com
Open year-round on about 20 acres of fairways through mostly mature forest. Hours are 7 am to dusk seven days a week and all year.
Basket Case Links Disc Golf
649 Boothbay Road, Edgecomb | www.pdga.com/basket-case-links
Course winds through woods and features some rock walls and challenging holes. $5 round or $8 a day.
Enman Field Disc Golf
1024 River Road, Brunswick | 207-798-5000 | on Facebook
Offers two championship-caliber courses for players of all skill levels. Open 7 am to 7 pm seven days a week.
Bennett Disc Farm
463 Fort Hill Road, Gorham
Dual tees on a 9-hole course that combines rolling hills and wooded holes.
Rocky Mountain Disc Golf
Seacoast Fun Park, Route 302, Windham | www.seacoastfunparks.com/land/
Eighteen holes on a challenging course with wooded and mountain terrain. Course is attached to Seacoast Fun Park, which has vending machines, a cafe, arcade games and mini golf. $7 for 18-hole round or $10 per day.
Pleasant Hill Disc Golf
38 Chamberlain Road, Scarborough | 207-883-8387 | www.philldiscgolf.com
Former ball golf course offers 18 holes on 40 acres, with a retail shop. Open seasonally, 9 am to 6 pm seven days a week. $6 for unlimited daily play.
Boom Field Disc Golf
419 Boom Road, Saco | 207-423-5572 | on Facebook
Course stretches over 25.6 acres with trees, shrubs and deep rough, and “a very forgiving, mostly open, beautiful rolling meadow on the banks of the Saco River.” Charge is $5 per day.
Woodland Valley Disc Golf
106 Burnham Road, Limerick | 207-229-9825 | http://www.woodlandvalley.com
Course features 2 18-hole courses with a clubhouse and pro shop. Play 18 holes for $5, all day pass for $8. Open 9 am to dusk Monday through Friday and 8 am to dusk weekends.
The word “miniature” makes mini golf it sound like it’s inferior to its long-driving, clubhouse-hanging cousin. Sure, a mini golf course is smaller and has more windmills. Sure, six-year-olds often get holes in one and sometimes hit grownups in the shins with their clubs. But the mini golf course is big in spirit.
512 Warren Ave., Portland | 207-878-5800 |jokersfunandgames.com
Outdoor miniature golf from Mother’s Day to Columbus Day located at Jokers Fun and Games. Play 18 holes with waterfalls, streams, ponds and elaborate landscaping.
70 First St., Old Orchard Beach | 207-934-5086 | www.piratescove.net/old-orchard-beach
Putt your way through caves, over footbridges, and under cascading waterfalls, all amidst a fun-filled atmosphere of natural wonders, extraordinary landscaping, and enchanting pirate lore. Open 9 am to 10 pm every day.
Shaws Ridge Farm Mini Golf
55 Shaws Ridge Road, Sanford | 207-324-2600 | www.shawsridgefarm.com/mini-golf/
Landscaped 18-hole course open seasonally. Also ice cream and BBQ Barn.
Schooner Mini Golf and Batting Cages
58 Ocean Park Road, Saco | 207-284-6174 | schoonerminigolf.net
The 18-hole miniature golf course features a 75-foot schooner as the 11th hole. And there’s ice cream within putting distance!
Wonder Mountain Miniature Golf
270 Post Road, Moody | 207-646-9655 | www.wondermountainfunpark.com/mini-golf
Two 18-hole mini golf courses, Electric Reef Fun Center and Treasure Trap Human Maze.
Martel’s Ice Cream & Mini Golf
757 Portland Road, Saco | 283-1775 | www.martelsicecream.com/mini-golf.html
Fun challenging course located on the same site as an ice cream shop.
Seacoast Fun Park
Route 302, Windham | 892-5952 | seacoastfunparks.com
Course features 18 holes for $7.50 for adults. Course is part of Seacoast Fun Park, which has vending machines, a cafe, arcade games, and disc golf.
Swing for the fences! Hit a few balls without the hassle of having to play an actual game of baseball (who’s got time to loiter in the outfield? It’s summer. You’re busy!). And while batting cages seem harder to find these days, we do know of a few:
York’s Wild Kingdom
1 Animal Park Road, York | 363-4911 | www.yorkzoo.com
Find the cages just inside the the confines of the amusement park (if you enter from downtown York, versus Route 1). The park is open all summer from noon to 9:30 pm
Schooner Minature Golf and Batting Cages
58 Ocean Park Road, Saco | 207-284-6174 | schoonerminigolf.net/batting-cages
The mini golf course is worth a visit – it’s a purty little course high on Vacationland ambiance. But the batting cages are great, too. $1 gets a batter 16 pitches and the cages offer speeds ranging from 25 mph slow-pitch softball up to 60+ mph Major League Baseball.
Augusta Golf Park
225 Hospital St., (Route 9), Augusta | 207-623-0859 | www.discgolfmaine.com
This place is a catch-all for things-to-throw-and-swing, featuring batting cages and a driving range and disc golf course. As far as the batting goes, it’s 12 balls for $1. The golf park is open 9 am to sunset Monday through Friday and 8 am to sunset on Saturday and Sunday.