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Opening Day Thoughts & Projections

May is fast upon us, and many courses are opening across the state of Vermont. On top of that, the daily disc golf media bombards us with news of tournament results and beautiful spring pictures of a slowly greening world. Here in Northern Vermont, and in particular at higher elevations, disc golf season is just not yet upon us yet. Each year I am tormented between wanting to open the course for that long awaited first round at Brewster, and doing what’s best for the course and it’s natural environment.

It's mud season, yo!

It’s mud season, yo!

Inevitably, we choose to err on the side of patience. Letting our soil thaw, drain, and settle not only pays off with less work in the long run, but feels more respectful in a strange way. Trampling and tearing up the ground that we work so hard to make durable against heavy use just doesn’t seem right. We also take a tremendous amount of care and pride in the presentation of our course to all of its users. It doesn’t thrill me to think about someone playing in and around all of the tree damage that we’ve had this winter (it thrills me less when we get course reviews when the course is closed!).

So we wait. We watch the weather. And we wonder – which is most likely what has spurred most readers to check out this post – when will the course be ready!? Well, I’ve been monitoring conditions for the past few weeks, and the one thing I do know is there is A LOT of work to be done. We had a day so windy this past Friday it literally blew fairly new shingles off of my roof! It also took down about 4-5 more large trees on Brewster. Most notably the right most guardian tree of the 15th green. Sad, but true.

The type of beautifully maintained fairway that inspires golfers to avoid poaching pre-season.

The type of beautifully maintained fairway that inspires golfers to avoid poaching pre-season.

However, starting Monday, we get Jon and Pat back (!) and we’ll all be getting after it – clearing the dead-fall, chipping and picking up sticks, seeding and haying, cleaning drainage ditches, making new ditches, re-adhering tee signs, etc. Combined with help from Mother Nature, we anticipate opening Brewster Ridge Disc Golf for the season on Sunday, May 10th! This, mind you, is a tentative date and if all looks promising we will announce a confirmation of that date during the first week in May.

One date that I can announce, is that on Saturday, May 9th we’ll be having a work & play day. I feel comfortable enough that the course will be able to handle a limited load of traffic by then that anyone who comes out to help in the morning, will get free play in the afternoon. More info on this will be released during the run-up to the weekend such as tasks, hours, BBQ potential, etc…but for now, put it on the calendar and get excited! Check back Friday for 2015 pricing and membership news! Warm up those arms and don’t poach pre-season!

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2015 Green Mountain Championship date is set!

The 2015 Green Mountain Championship will once again be an A-Tier with 144 competitors. We are excited to announce that it will again be held at Smugglers’ Notch Resort on the same weekend as last year!

September 18-20th, 2015

We are excited to share this news at the start of what looks to be another fantastic year of disc golf at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. More news about the upcoming season to follow soon!

Thanks!

BRDGC