We are Open for Play and Practice

On Friday, June 10, 2020 we opened the course to players. The response has been very good and reserved at the same time. The players are not bunching up into close groups and play seems to be flowing pretty well through the course.

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There are a few changes we have had to make almost immediately due to unforeseen flight lines. Hole 1 and Hole 7 have seen tee boxes adjusted to change the line players have to throw. The hope is that discs will stay out of the yards of the neighbors as much as possible.

The hole maps will continue to show the old tee box layout. But these are temporary signs as we work though issues that come up during play.

Thank you For Your Support

Many people were worried that the PayPal method of payment collection would be a complete bust. Thankfully most of the players donated to play and I appreciate that very much. We have to continue to raise money to complete the second 18 hole course on the west side of the property.

Your Donation to Play Supports this Course. We are not funded by public tax dollars.

Please continue to use give.wwdg.club to donate to play or to just help out the project.

Basket Sponsorships are Now Available

There is a new page with pictures of each basket and the details for sponsoring one. We have a few that are still available.

Jump over to the Sponsorship page to adopt a basket today.

It has been Amazing

The response to the course has been very positive from so many of the players that have come out here. The notes, email, Facebook posts, tweets and face-to-face conversations have been absolutely amazing.

The Frederick News-Post wrote a story about the opening of the Disc Golf course.

I never imagined that so many people would enjoy playing the course. I had no idea how Maryland players would react to a course that is so different from the “typical” course they play in this region.

There have been many suggestions and comments about the current state of the course. I can assure you that there are many future plans to make this course even better.

If you’ve never read about the dream I have for West Winds Disc Golf. Take a peek inside my brain so you can get a better idea of where I see this project going over time.

I’ve even tried my best to describe how a tournament might look here.

So many players see the vision while walking around the course. They see the potential and recognize how special this course could become for Disc Golf in Maryland.

We are at a good starting point. This is just the beginning. Thank you for joining me on the journey into the future.

Let’s do this #discgolf fans!

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This is the Month of First 18 Basket Installation

There is so much going on here with the purchase of materials, coordinating volunteers and planning for the first 18 baskets to go into the ground.

This weekend, June 13 & 14 we are mixing and pouring the concrete for the basket sleeves. The Groundskeepers are fired up and ready to put the mix down on 48 bags of 80 pound concrete. We’re doing this Disc Golf fans!

Over the weekend of June 20 & 21 we are going to dig a few holes. Two feet deep and 12 inches in diameter. You know, easy stuff.

I’ve rented two gas augers with 12 inch auger bits. That should help us not kill ourselves trying to get the baskets in.

Oh… if you are a neighbor in the Lake Linganore neighborhoods. If you have a Golf Cart and want to help us drive the concrete forms out to the hole locations – please let me know or just come out to the work session.

Finally, over the course of the June 27 & 28 weekend. We will assemble the baskets and put them into the sleeves.

That’s the plan. We’re almost there Disc Golf fans.

Let’s do this!

Disc Golf Cleanup on Hole 4 of the “East Course” – Success

Staying 6ft Away From One Another.

The work session over the weekend was a total and complete success because of our amazing volunteers. None of this could have been completed in the four hour window without each of their time and energy commitment to the greater good.

Thank You for Being Awesome!

  • Jim
  • GOAT
  • Kevin J
  • Dave
  • Kevin M
  • Victor
  • Bob

Coverage of WOrk Session

Coverage of the Volunteer Work Session

Didn’t KNow About the Project

During the demo rounds played by our many local testers it became readily apparent that no one liked to fish out errant discs from the waist deep sticker bushes that took over the creek area at the bottom of hole 4.

Design Phase Tour – Zoom Over of “Valley of Death”

I personally went in there twice and did not enjoy crawling around through the thicket because I will leave “No Disc Left Behind”.

With the notes from the demo player feedback I setup the work session to clear out “The Valley of Death”.

Pure Nastiness – A Detail of Pain

Before

After

Well, there you go Disc Golf fans. When the baskets go in you will not have to deal with the total nightmare that used to be the “Valley of Death”. Now it’s more like the “Valley of Minor Nuissance”. It’s still not a good idea to throw into the creek because that uphill shot will punish you enough.

Do You Like Good Looking Grass?

I do. I like to keep the grass height down, prevent rodents and to keep the neighborhood looking it’s best.

Kosal and I met while working in property management for a mid-size company. She has stayed in the industry and I have moved to working for the U.S. Census Bureau (submit your 2020 Census Today).

We both are very aware of the effects “curb appeal” have on the value that people place on their community. We are also extremely aware of how it affects the value that outsiders apply to the community as well.

The Disc Golf course allows an opportunity to contribute to the overall look and feel of the entire neighborhood whether you play or not.

HOw Can I Help With the Course

Right now, you can volunteer your time by using the Contact Form to let me know you are interested in helping out.

Sponsor a Basket, Sponsor a Tee-Pad, Sponsor an entire fairway and support the course in any way you can.

When I have the membership package details setup on the site – Join the Disc Golf Club. As you might imagine the course here is not immune to costs. So, even if you don’t play Disc Golf – your membership will help out all of us in the neighborhood.

I have to figure out a way to contribute to the overall course maintenance.

The property owner has been very generous in allowing me to setup the course. However, the Disc Golf course is responsible to contribute to the fuel and equipment costs of maintaining the grass.

Kosal and I have paid the costs for the first 18 Innova Discatcher baskets – so we’ve got skin in this game and we are looking for the best possible outcome over the upcoming decades.

In Case I Haven’t Said it Enough

I truly am so very appreciative of all the volunteers who came out to help with the clear out work on hole 4. That job would not have been completed without your time and effort.

Thank you. Thank you.

Ok, Disc Golf fans… get out and throw some discs!

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Maryland Women’s Disc Golf Tournament – $3,000 in Added Cash for Competitors

Video coverage from the 2019 Tournament – 2 Rounds

Women’s Open of Maryland Disc Golf Tournament could still happen this year. The registration has been moved to May 15th (as of April 24) and the tournament directors are still planning on holding the event. So keep an eye out on the registration page.

Women and girls of all skill levels are invited to play in this tournament.

Players that are interested in going head-to-head against other women disc golfers – now is the time to add this on your calendar. The official place to sign-up is on the Disc Golf Scene website.

What is the WOmen’s Open of Maryland?

It is an event dedicated to provide a professional tournament environment where women and girls are the focus of the competition. The atmosphere is very supportive, highly encouraging and full of camaraderie between everyone participating.

It is a PDGA sanctioned event for women only. Currently, it is held annually at the Seneca Creek State Park disc golf course.

Women and girls of all skill levels are invited to play in this tournament. It offers an amazing first tournament experience for newcomers to the sport and veterans alike.

There are different divisions for all the many skill levels. So players who are brand new aren’t going to be set to compete against a far more skilled player.

Men are invited to participate by helping with tournament operations, volunteer as spotters or caddies and to find ways to sponsor different parts of the event. There are many ways that men can help make this a successful event. Contact the Tournament Directors to let them know you want to help support the tournament.

The PDGA and Women’s Disc Golf

There is a Women’s Committee within the PDGA to help grow the sport among female athletes. The goal is to attract, encourage, and retain more participation by women in organized disc golf events.

Elaine King is the current chair of the Women’s Committee and is available to help or answer any questions you may have about the committee.

Elaine King interviewed after the final round of the 2019 MVP Open.

For those of you new to the sport. Elaine King (PDGA #3090) is a professional disc golf world champion (5 times) and hall of fame member (1997). She is an ambassador for the sport and is known to be gracious and a joy to play a round with.

A Message from the Tournament Directors

There are two people that co-direct this tournament: Allie Stone (PDGA #57951) and Andrew Fish (PDGA #58320). Their goals for the tournament are to plan, fundraise, organize, and run a disc golf tournament:

  • Where women and girls feel welcome, appreciated, and empowered as participants,
  • That cultivates camaraderie, sportsmanship, competition, and fun,
  • To enhance the community of women and girls playing disc golf in the Mid-Atlantic region.

If you want to sign up for the tournament you’ll want to bookmark the Disc Golf Scene page with the tournament signup form.

Paige Pierce on Throwing Putters

Don’t forget to get out when you can to practice your form, get your putting motion locked down, build up your stamina to trek through the course and be ready to have a great time!

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When Disc Golf Courses Dream

UDisc Recently Ranked the World’s Top 50 Courses Raising Aspiration Amongst Courses

Reading the list of the world’s top 50 courses right before going to bed has courses around the world scratching their head on how they can get on the board next time.

Going through the list and digging deeper into the many different websites and YouTube to see video footage it’s amazing the design work that has gone into so many of these properties.

I was amazed that the world number one course started off as a literal garbage dump in Sweden. A dump that has turned into the host course for the European Open and a crown jewel in all of disc golf.

Such a job well done. Think of all the support the project team had to pull this off.

The Goal is to Be One of the Best in the World

Enticing top tier players from the PDGA, hosting the Maryland Disc Golf Championships, becoming a stop on the PDGA tour and becoming the breeding grounds for future Junior, Amateur and Professional players.

West Winds Disc Golf is dreaming big.

There is so much work to do in order to start knocking off courses that have established themselves over many decades. It has to start somewhere, it has to start with a small spark and it has to begin with a dream.

West Winds Disc Golf is starting with a tremendous head start over many other courses. We have much of the course infrastructure in place to build upon. There is a tradition of golf already built into the neighborhood. There are highly competitive people all across this neighborhood who want to see competition, athletes doing their best to achieve their goals and to be known as the place where Champions are born, trained and crowned.

This has started. The dream is becoming real. The future is now.

World’s Best Disc Golf Courses: #1 Järva

Amazing footage of the disc golf park in Sweden.

The intro package from the 2016 European Open showcases the course. Look at how they have built a course that takes advantage of the natural elevation changes, keeps a very natural setting in which disc golfers can use all sorts of different shot lines and the beautiful course maintenance that keeps this course looking like an amazing park.

This course is a pay-to-play course. Very much in line with what we are going to do here at West Winds Disc Golf. There are so many good things happening at this former municipal dump that it is worth your time to read the UDisc article about it.

Our course is already dreaming, working hard, building it’s tree game and finding ways to challenge players. We’re coming for you Järva.

What Can I Do To Help West Winds Disc Golf?

Disc Golfers who want to be a part of this project… you are the best. I’ve heard from so many of you so far. Thank you for volunteering. If you are just now finding out about the course and want to jump into the project – let me know.

Neighbors volunteer to help the Disc Golf course. Folks who are helping with the course are actually able to get their hands on areas that have been lacking in attention in different areas of the neighborhood. It’s your chance to pitch in and show support for the business that many of us have right in our back yard.

If you can’t volunteer. Make a promise to sponsor a basket, a tee pad, advertise in some way on the website or just donate money to help fund the project.

Share the website wwdg.club, the YouTube channel and Twitter information with as many people as possible and be active on those platforms.

Show the property owner that there are people interested in seeing his beautiful 140 acre property used for:

  • outdoor sports
  • park areas
  • places to hangout while eating food you bought at his restaurant
  • share how you look forward to his driving range opening back up for ball golf
  • walking with family
  • just communing with nature

Tell him that you are going to use his facilities to host:

  • birthdays
  • family reunions
  • weddings
  • outdoor photography
  • life events of all kinds
  • to build lifelong memories

Gush about how you look forward to his old golf course to be landscaped to offer:

  • shade
  • floral elements
  • healthy tree habitat
  • play areas
  • all day walking paths
  • fields to walk your dogs
  • visual appeal to interest new home buyers
  • pride in the neighborhood

Share that you and your family are anxious to spend money to help him keep up all of the acreage, facilities and the like to promote a successful business venture for him and the benefit of a revived property that enhances the overall appeal to our community.

These are things that would help with this project and all of us in the same neighborhood of West Winds.

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West Winds Disc Golf Location

The Address is

11330 Country Club Road, New Market, Maryland 21774

The Disc Golf Course twists and turns it’s way around the West Winds neighborhood in Lake Linganore, New Market, Maryland. It’s just a few minutes off of I-70 between Mt. Airy and Frederick.

If you are familiar with the Woodsboro Disc Golf course – it’s about 12 minutes away from there. In fact, with the coming addition of West Winds, this area will have many fun courses to play within very close driving distance of one another.

Overview Image of West Winds Neighborhood

The course is very integrated within the neighborhood and covers a lot of ground. It’s going to be a great test of a players focus, endurance, shot selection, reading of the wind and avoiding the out-of-bounds areas.

What is the Address to West Winds Disc Golf?

We use the address to the Club House that Google provides.

11330 Country Club Road, New Market, Maryland 21774

There have been a couple times when players have come out to the course for demo rounds and the directions on their smart phones took them past the entrance to the clubhouse. You are looking for the West Winds Golf Course sign to make the turn into the parking lot.

The good news is – the roads in the neighborhood all loop around the course. So, if you happen to pass the entrance you can drive the loop and will eventually end up passing the entrance again. It also allows you an opportunity to see how the course wraps around the neighborhood.

After the first time you come out – you’ll get oriented to the course and it probably won’t be an issue for you. I can’t wait for you to come out and play the course very soon.

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When Pigs Fly

Ricky Wysocki plays an entire round with an Innova Pig

What is Ricky Wysocki doing during Coronavirus?

Throwing an Innova Pig only round out in California. He does a ton of sharing of his thoughts about what he is doing before throwing a shot. It’s nice to be able to follow along with him as he play the round.

Take 17 minutes to check out his round. It’s really good.

Volunteers Are Signing Up

I am so thankful that so many people have used the contact form to let me know they are interested in helping out.

Huge Shout-Outs to:

  • Dave Brummer
  • Eric Boger
  • Kevin Madert
  • Paul Katz
  • Robert Marr
  • Tracy Jones

You Can Help Too

Share this site, subscribe to the YouTube channel and spread the word when you are playing rounds at the course.

I’m a Disc Golf Player too and I always appreciate the news of a new course from other players. A quick way to share is to use the address “wwdg.club” with other people or if you can just google “West Winds Disc Golf”.

Thank you all for any help you can give to get the word out about the course.

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Video Tour of West Course – 18 Holes

Full Tour of all 18 Holes on the East Course. Please Subscribe to the Channel.

Over the weekend I got outside to walk the West Course and shoot a video tour for you. It was gorgeous over the weekend and I hope you see the amazing potential of West Winds through these videos.

Please subscribe to the YouTube channel and share with anyone you know who is a Disc Golf player or fan of the sport.

Disc Golf Volunteer Opportunities

Are you someone who loves the sport and wants to find a way to give back?

Use the contact form to reach out and let me know you are interested. There are so many different projects coming up in the very near future and it’s going to take a group of committed people to realize this opportunity.

Come out, join me in the journey of building West Winds into an amazing disc golf experience. Thank you!

Future Disc Golf Course Projects:

  • Basket Installation
  • Tee Pad Markers
  • Tee Pad Installation
  • Signage Installation
  • Pro Shop Build
  • Driving Range Net Replacement
  • Bridge Repair
  • Foot Bridge Build
  • Tree Planting
  • Plant Nu
  • Grass Cutting
  • Shrub Planting
  • Benches Built and Installed
  • Course Name Flower Bed

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Grass Cutting Season is Here

We have started cutting grass and the course is looking really good. The neighborhood that surrounds the Disc Golf course is thrilled to see people taking care of the course. For many years the golf course sat empty and not maintained very well.

So, folks out here who do not even play disc golf are excited to see the sport coming to the neighborhood. This is a win for all of us.

A Bit of Course Design News

I have had many test groups (before coronavirus) come through the course to demo the holes, layout and flow of the course. I have taken all of the feedback and integrated these changes into the course.

With grass cutting season I have been able to go out and clean up fairways in much needed areas. Also started to carve out landing areas to leave some ground punishment for discs that aren’t quite where they need to be.

Hey Disc Golf Fans… this course has a lot of open air space. Until we get the trees into the ground there has to be some way to cause some pain.

Big Thank You

I really would like to thank all of the Disc Golf fans who have thrown their name into the ring to help with the course.

I appreciate you so very much. Thank you. Thank you.

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Disc Golf is Coming to New Market, Maryland 21774

Many years ago there was a golf course here in the Lake Linganore West Winds neighborhood. The course has gone unused and the opportunity to bring players back onto the 140 acre course to play Disc Golf is being realized.

The new owner of West Winds Golf Course has green lighted the installation of a 36 hole Disc Golf course. There are no other Disc Golf courses like this in the state of Maryland. This will be the largest, offer the most holes in one location, will be setup as two unique courses, have a reserved area for putting leagues, practice baskets, driving range and a pro-shop.

Disc Golfers in Maryland have never played a course like this before. West Winds Disc Golf elevates the game, challenges the notions of what Disc Golf can be and sets the standard for the sport in Maryland.

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