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Disc golf takes flight | New Hampshire

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 12. 2017 11:32PM

Kramer Blackberg, from Manchester, throws his disk on the first tee as he plays a round of Frisbee golf with his father Mark, from Concord at the Hollows in Manchester on Friday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

The Hollows Disc Golf Course in Manchester is about to host three world champions. It will also get larger and more prominent.

Manchester Chief of Parks Don Pinard said a second and more difficult 18-hole course is currently being designed by world champion Eric McCabe behind the current course.

“The Hollows opened two years ago and in a short time, the sport has exploded in terms of the course’s usage and participation numbers,” said Pinard. “The new course will be more challenging with multiple par four and five holes. It will attract the top tier, world class players to our city and, when that happens, we’ll be known to have one of the best disc golf courses in the world.”

Pinard, who said he hopes to host the World Amateur Championships by 2020, said the New England Amateur Championships was filled to capacity last May.

“We filled it in a week, maxed out at 190 and it didn’t surprise me. This year alone between 20,000 and 25,000 rounds were played at The Hollows.”

Pinard said McCabe, who won the 2010 PDGA World Championship, designed the 6,300-foot Hollows course, located behind the Brown and Mitchell Softball Field.

Don Pinard, Manchester’s chief of parks, stands by the second basket at the Hollows Disc Golf Course in Manchester on Friday. The successful course is expanding. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

“Originally, I thought he was going to design a nine-hole course, but when he realized there was a lot of land to work with, he went for 18,” said Pinard. “Eric was able to construct one par-four and par-five hole on the current course.” 

McCabe was able to include three different tee levels for each hole, one for the pros which is difficult and the other…

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