Category: Dacey Fields News

Fall Begins and Dacey Soars

Fall is fully upon us! The leaves are changing and falling, and the course is looking GORGEOUS. Sure it might take a few extra minutes to finish your round as your kicking leaves aside to find that driver that slid under them, but for this guy – fall is the best time to play!

So far the fall has seen some noteworthy events take place that we will run through now.

White Tee Project Breaks Ground

To close out September, we held a successful work day! Amongst the projects involved were emptying of the trashes, repairs made to the bridge to hole 1, and the installation of 3 white tee boxes. Long have we been eyeing the completion of the courses tee boxes for the shorter layout, and while we have plenty more work to do it was nice to finally get it going officially. Holes 1 and 3 are completed, and 18 is close to completion. Be on the look out for some additional tees being done before winter begins, and keep in mind that some locations may be altered in the process. Huge thank yous to the folks who hung around after monthly to give back!

Team Challenge Begins with a Strong Opening Weekend

One of the most uniquely New England phenomenons begins as the temperatures drop and the days shorten: New England Team Challenge. Courses all across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and New York field teams of 20 men and 3 women to represent them for pride, prestige and a cash payout throughout the winter months. With 7+ teams in 8 pools, TC is a wildly popular way to spend the off season.

Dacey fields two teams – The Owls who compete in E Pool, and the Ents who compete in the Play In Pool- South division. The Ents had a strong season last year, nearly making a jump up to E Pool to join the Owls who faltered down the stretch. With both teams feeling like they squandered opportunities last season, both entered this year with some retooled rosters and renewed vigor for the season.

The Ents got to work first, hosting Team Nantucket on October 5th on a gorgeous day. The Ents came in with some added motivation for this one, as the islanders handed the Treefolk their only loss of the regular season at home last year. “ACK was the only team that beat us last year, and at home which was devastating,” said captain Nick Berry.  The Ents started off fast, doubling up on Nantucket with a 12-6 lead at half- powered largely by strong debuts for new comers Steve McNaney, Matt “Beefy” Baroudi, and Todd Leitao (5&3, 5&4 and 4&3 respectively). The lady Ents picked up where they left off last season, with Caley Allen cruising to a 5&4 victory of her own, and Emily Hanson handling business to the tune of 3&2.

The Ents again got strong showings from their new additions in doubles, with McNaney and Nate Hartmann putting up a sizzling 51. Though Nantucket fought to split the doubles round, the Ents still won comfortably 21-15 to start their season 1-0. “The Ents have gone through some changes this off-season and we have returned with quite a team,” added Berry “we’re hoping to keep the momentum going into November where we plan to dominate.”

The Owls were also quick to start their season, traveling to Connecticut to play the Lufberry Flying Aces on the 6th. Much like the Ents, the Owls got contributions from their new additions in singles. John P. Smith, Terry Belmosto, and Brad Wagner-Lefevre all brought home points behind 5&4, 4&3 and 4&2 efforts. The Owls also got strong showings from their ladies- with Christine Glowa earning a 3&2 win, and Kelly Meisner dropping the hammer 8&6 to start her season. The Owls were able to go take an 11.5-7.5 lead into lunch. 

Lufberry woke up and put a charge into the Owls in doubles. Needing 6 wins to complete a comeback, the Flying Aces put up multiple rounds in the high 40s to claw their way back. However despite their best efforts, Dacey weathered the surge. The mixed pairings of Christine Glowa/Andy Garrett and Kelly Meisner/Nate Lundstrom both won comfortably, while the remaining wins came from the Smith/Alex Sakash and Scott Groome/Dave Leger teams in extra holes. The Owls were able to hang on for the valuable early road win, 19.5-17.5. While it was a team effort, the women of the Owls really carried the day having a hand in nearly a third of the points earned.  “We wound up leaning heavily on our women,” wrote captain Chuck Edman, “they delivered with 2 wins each which gave us just enough of an edge to pull out the win on a tough away course. We needed every point possible.”

“You need to earn your road wins in this league,” added captain Alex Sakash, “and I am glad we had veteran guys with chemistry in the positions they were in for the playoff matches. Scotty and Dave had chemistry from past seasons, and having JP back home is huge. We didn’t play our best, but he and I have been through plenty of dubs matches together before. We picked each other up when it mattered and never felt out of it even if we trailed up until the last hole of regulation.”

The Ents and Owls both sit atop their respective pools to end the opening month. They switch places in November, with the Owls hosting Stonykill on the 15th at home, while the Ents will travel south to Ecker Hill in Connecticut on the 2nd.

Hoot and Scoot VII

As is tradition on a Federal holiday, Dacey hosted a Flex Start Holiday Hoot and Scoot C-Tier on Columbus Day: our 7th! For the first time, Owl and Team Infinite member Dan Snyder slid into the TD chair! 38 players attended this event. Congrats to winners Bob Kulchuk/Mike Dussault for sharing first place in MPO, Dylan Capaccioli and Caley Allen for taking MA1 and FA1, David Galvin and Justin Challis for MA2 and 3, and to Nicki Broderick for continuing her reign as queen of FA3.

November holds both Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving, so we are looking forward to possibly offering two more Hoot and Scoots this month!

Dacey Regulars Show Strong at The Fall Classic

To close October, many Dacey players headed north to compete in the Hollows Fall Classic up in Manchester. This event is a popular regional draw, and gained A Tier status last year. Rostered Dacey players had strong showings, with podium finishes in MA1, MA40, and FA1 belonging to Owls and Ents. John P. Smith took down his second A Tier win of the year in Manchester in MA1, with fellow Owl Terry Belmosto following behind in 4th. Dave Leger of the Owls played steady golf, staying in second place throughout the weekend in the MA40 division. The Ents Caley Allen also hung tough in second all weekend, and managed to make a move in the rain during the final round to push a playoff for first. Ultimately Allen fell short of taking the title, but never the less she was proud of her performance. “I never gave up, didn’t get in my head, played my game,” Allen said, “no disappointment here :)”

Other performances of note include Dacey regular Shane Wyatt, shooting two 1000+ rated rounds en route to a 6th place finish in MPO.

Looking Ahead…

November is sure to be an equally busy month! First on the docket is Feathers of the Fall 2 Sponsored by Dynamic Discs on November 3rd. The course is not closed, but will be hopping with a sell out field competing! Both TC teams are in action, and we hope to bring you two more Hoot and Scoot events before we roll into December!




The Summer Wrap Up

It’s been a while since we’ve had a write up of the events happening at Dacey- mostly because the summer is traditionally a slower time of the year for us. This was no different this ye…


..ok, fine. It was a busy summer for everyone. Myself included. I 100% slacked on writing things. Whooooooops. Let’s tie up the summer and look forward to fall.

Ruler of the Roost

Kat with her trophy!

In mid-July we held the Ruler of the Roost PDGA C Tier, and new to Dacey, NEFA sanctioned event. Featuring steamy temps and slick trophies made by Zack Pepin, the event was a hit! Congrats to winners Shane Wyatt, Kat Duquette, Mike Dussault (Playoff), Nick Olsen, Eric Hanson, Emily Hanson, Zack Mazzone, Kelly Meisner, and Nicki Broderick on their wins! You can see full results here

Trilogy Challenge

The Trilogy Challenge returned to Dacey in flex start format this year, with Chuck Edman putting in a full days work manning the table! This year the discs were the Vandal, Gatekeeper, and Keystone that were approved for play. Congrats to Dave Beadenkopf for taking A Pool, Christian Hayman for taking B pool, James Moulson for taking C pool, and Emily Hanson for taking the Female pool.

The Oakley’s Come to Town

Ahead of this years MVP Open, we continued our tradition of bringing in some touring pros for a clinic. This year, we had not one, not two, but THREE touring pros join us! Team Dynamic Discs pros Eric Oakley, Tina Oakley, and Peter McBride stopped by to share their knowledge with us. They spent plenty of time with us, answering questions and making sure everything we hoped to get out of it, we got. They also hung around after to run a few field games, give some stuff away, and even shared some ice cream with us after! We hope to be bringing an additional event with them involved next year!

NEDDG Championship Held at Dacey

This year we were honored to host the New England Deaf Disc Golf Championship run by Michael DuRoss. This event was open to the deaf and hard of hearing community from the surrounding states. Congrats to Drew Dallamora for winning MPO, Tony Pert in MPM, Max Nemirovsky in MA1, Jack McKenzie in MAMaster, Allen Brokaw in MA3 and Lisa Kinsman in FA1!

We were happy to host this event, and appreciate the efforts of Michael and Lee on getting the course prepped for the event. Thanks guys!

League Finale

We closed the weekly league for the year with a flex-start run through the white layout – with the aim of emptying out the $600+ ace pots. Many came out with the intention of taking home a nice payday, but only two were fortunate enough to leave with some fatter pockets. Congrats to Greg Peterson and Joe Houlihan for acing 16 and 17 respectively, about a minute apart! Nice work guys!

League will pick up again next spring- huge thanks to Chuck for running things week in and week out!

Looking Ahead…

Now that the season has changed to Fall, we are pleased to bring Feathers of the Fall 2 on November 3rd! This will be a pdga C-tier event and will serve as our final “large” event of 2019. This year we are offering tournament player packs courtesy of Dynamic Discs featuring the art of Scott Groome! Registration will be live on 9/30 here

We also have some smaller Holiday Hoot and Scoot Flex Start events on the horizon- with Dan Snyder in the TD chair for Columbus Day, and we are aiming to offer events on Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Weekend, and weather permitting- around Christmas.

As tournament season winds down, that means that Team Challenge is upon us! Check in next month as both the Owls and Ents will be in action starting in October! Good luck to both teams!


April Newsletter

April is really when the disc golf season begins. Spring theoretically begins, weekly leagues start back up, and the tournament scene starts coming out of its slumber. We have lots to unpack from Disc Golf’s busiest month so let’s dive riiiiiiight in!

Team Challenge Takeaways

The Winter Team Challenge season came to an end early for the Owls, who stumbled down the stretch. The Owls had multiple chances to punch their ticket to finals, but fell to both Barre and Stonykill away from Dacey to end the season 3-4 despite having an above .500 point percentage. “It was tough to miss out on finals, especially given the talent we had on our roster, wrote Captain Alex Sakash, “we put ourselves in a tough position blowing a match at home, and by starting slow in singles a few times. Sometimes you dig yourself a hole that you can’t climb out of.” Although the Owls missed finals, they remain in E pool, doing enough to finish above the relegation line. “The season obviously didn’t live up to expectations with not making finals,” added Captain Chuck Edman,  “but it’s hard to feel too down when so many matches were decided by such a close margin. I feel good about next season.”

The Ents on the other hand earned a second seeded finals berth in Play in Pool. With a record of 5-1 the Ents looked like a favorite heading into Pyramids. Unfortunately, the Ents fell short losing by a single match to Team Send It from West Thompson in the first round. The Ents will remain in the play in pool for next year- but should be a favorite to come out of PiP South next year. “For a first year team, we had an amazing group of individuals who played their hearts out this season,” wrote captain Nick Berry, “while winning the division would have been an excellent way to end the season, this squad is now hungry for a chance at redemption.” Captain Paul Sales added “We are proud of the team and how everyone pulled together, and while the finals results were unfortunate, we are looking forward to bouncing back next year and achieving our ultimate goal.”

Both teams are looking to add talent to their rosters next year. If you are interested in playing for Teams Dacey- please do not hesitate to reach out to Owl Captains Alex Sakash or Chuck Edman, and/or Nick Berry and Paul Sales for the Ents!

United States Amateur Match Play Championships Play Out

For the second year, Dacey has hosted the United States Amateur Match Play Championship regional qualifier bracket. 16 players competed over the course of the month to earn a trip to the state finals, and ultimately to Emporia Kansas for a chance to win baskets, and discs for life. We expanded this year to have 2 brackets- one for Teams Dacey, and one Public Bracket.

The Teams Dacey bracket featured some of the strongest match play players from each teams- including some of the higher point earners from both rosters during the TC season. Jason Boucher of the Ents ran through the top half of the bracket, besting two captains (Nick Berry and Chuck Edman) and one of the biggest arms of Dacey in Anthony Stewart on his way to the finals. In the lower half of the bracket, James Barron clipped 3 fellow Owls in Scott Groome, Dave Leger and Jeremiah Libby to earn his spot in the finals. James punctuated his match against Libby with an ace on hole 4- a hole win that ultimately gave him the 1up victory.

In the finals, James edged Jason 3 and 1 to take the championship and punch his ticket to states!

This handsome devil is heading to states!


In the public bracket, returning finalists Mike Hladick and Pete Violet both returned, and by random generation were again in separate halves of the bracket potentially setting the stage for a rematch. However neither would ultimately survive the second round. In the top half, Roger Gagnon of Team Borderland ran through Todd Leitao of Team RI, Pete Violet of The Borderland Billy Goats, and then put up a personal best in the final four to decisively down Greg Peterson en route to the finals.

In the lower half, Corey Robitaille of the Owls did double duty playing in both brackets. Corey rattled off wins vs Gargi Mosiashvili of Team Maple Hill, Mike Potruzski of Team RI, and John P. Smith of Team Borderland on his way to finals. One of those matches required a playoff, with another going all 18 holes. Between taking out two A Pool players, as well as playing those extra frames, Corey certainly had to work for his finals berth.

Come finals, Corey was ultimately unable to down his third A pool player, falling to Roger Gagnon 3&2. Roger put together a dominant run, featuring a 4&3 and 7&6 victory in addition to his 1up nail biter vs last years champion. Roger and James will be representing Daceys brackets in the state finals in mid May, coordinated by Bob Kulchuk.

Corey (left) and Roger (right) after their championship round.

Hoot and Scoot IV on Patriots Day Weekend

With the 3 day weekend in April meant another PDGA Flex Start Hoot and Scoot! Chuck Edman got his first taste of PDGA TDing and took the reigns, manning the booth all day as 44 players filtered through to play their rounds. With weather much better than Hoot and Scoot III’s blistering cold and gusting wind- IV featured calm conditions and comfortable temperatures- meaning the scores were much better!

Congratulations to the winners…

MPO: Alex Sakash: 55 (-7)

FPO: Cheneille Young: 71 (+9)

MA1: Alex Vigeant*/Dan McWilliams*: 61 (-1)

MA2: Corey Robitaille*/Jason Boucher*: 65 (+3)

FA2: Caley Allen: 71 (+9)

MA3: Fletcher Ross*: 69 (+7)

FA3: Nicki Broderick: 105 (+43)

*: Indicates first career win

It always awesome to see such good turn outs for our flex events, it is also fantastic to see first time winners at our events! Congratulations to all of our first time champs!

League Begins Again

It is that time again- weekly league! Chuck Edman is back at it on Tuesdays, kicking off at 5pm for one round of singles from blues. Check in begins at 430. Cost break down is $10 to play, with 5 going to payouts, 1 to the course, 1 to the ace pot, and 3 dollars each going to a ctp. That ace pot did not really get a chance to be built up, as Alex Mahnken already drained it acing hole 16 yet again.

We are looking forward to another year of robust league play! “It’s been an awesome start to the season,” writes Chuck Edman,  “finally getting familiar with some new faces who started showing up last season, plus even more new players this year.” Each year our league has grown and we still see plenty of new faces each week. “Nothing makes me happier than selling tags to people I’ve never met. We’ve already hit 30+ players on 3 occasions. I cant wait to see what summer brings!”

Do not as daylight increases, we will be pushing league’s start time back to allow for more players to get there after work!

Looking Ahead…

Can’t stop won’t stop- Dacey has a busy month ahead of us!

May will be a busy month as we are looking to take advantage of less events going on at the course to get some course maintenance done. Jeremiah Libby, Dean Slowey, and Marc Duquette already put in some work installing a french drain in hole 18s green, and the ground has been much less squishy as a result. However we still have other areas of the course that need similar work done. We will be holding a weekday work day on Monday May 6th at 10am to continue such work on hole 1.

Freshly completed drain on 18

Further, we will be scheduling a weekend work day ahead of the inaugural Daceyland Open! We are excited to be partnering with Raivis Markons-Craig to bring you all a PDGA event that will utilize both Borderland and Dacey. Long awaited and much anticipated, registration will be live on Infinite Discs HERE on May 1st, at 8pm!

In a sadder note, we are wishing Jeremiah Libby well as he moves to Pittsburgh at some point this month. In his time on the admin team he has held a number of popular and well attended doubles events, ran winter devotional in 2017, and has been instrumental in maintaining the course. His vision of hole 3s redesign, and his idea for a change to hole 9 will be a lasting imprint on the course for years to come. We will miss all of his contributions, large and small.

But fear not – the admin team will continue to the guide the course without missing a beat. We are pleased to announce the promotion of Dean Slowey to an official role! Dean has been always eager to help with course work, often being someone who came to aid us in the past at odd hours to get limbs cleared, woodchips spread, or signs printed. He has also often lended a hand in getting league going- writing out cards, taking tags, and counting scores. We are excited to have Dean join the team and are confident that will be able to continue progress the course forward.

See you all around!


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2019 Survey Results and Admin Answers

We recently conducted our second annual player’s survey and received a bunch of feedback! Thank you all for taking the time to fill it out. It does help us in understanding what you all want. Buckle up- there is a lot to unpack here. Let’s take a quick run down of answers, then take a deeper look a bit later…

At a Glance…

  • Favorite hole is Hole 10, with 22% of the vote, the second favorite hole comes in a 12% (more on this later)
  • Least Favorite hole is Hole 3 (18%), trailed closely by hole 2 (15%) and hole 15 (12%).
  • Hole voted needs the most work is Hole 3 (23%), trailed by  Hole 1 (17%)
  • 85% of surveys said they play OB when they play casual, and 81% say that the OB adds to the competitiveness of the course.
  • Our Tag monthly the most well attended event we offered.
  • Survey indicated more PDGA events is what is most desired, at 61%. Brand specific events trails at 42%
  • Our League Event quality weighted at 4.20+ out of 5.0
  • Our Tournament and TC quality weighted at 4.58+ out of 5.0
  • The projects that seemed to be of the highest importance to the community was new signage (70% felt strongly), White Tee construction (60% felt strongly), and alternative pin locations was 50% strongly desired. Hatchling tees and different baskets were both decidedly meh.
  • Admin Team weighted at 4.83 out of 5.0.

In Depth…

The curious case of Hole 3:

Hole 3 was voted the least favorite hole, but was also the second favorite hole.

We attribute this to a number of factors.

  1. Not all respondents may have played the new pin location.
  2. The hole redesign is still in its infancy.

Some of the responses we got about it were that “it is a nearly impossible 2” which lends itself to the old position and truthfully, is why we made that change. Hole 3 in the short position is a tweener hole- as a par 3 you will RARELY see it birdied, but if you make it a par 4 it becomes an easy 3. We moved the pin back to make it into a true par 4. From it becoming the second favorite hole, it seems as though conceptually people were in favor of this new location.

HOWEVER- we specifically took out less trees than we could have to the new green. It is very easy to make out trees, but once they are gone- they are gone. We had opted to slow play taking trees to see how it plays and adjust as needed. Many of the responses we got were along the lines of

  • Maybe take some more trees out close to the river so it’s less of a hail Mary shot over
  • New green isn’t clearly approachable
  • tough to access green through ob trees

Heard, loud and clear. We will continue to thin that area to make the approach a bit more accessible without making it a cupcake.

To those who commented to put the pin back? We see you, too! The joy of alternate pin locations is we can freely move the pins back and forth. As we continue to put in alternative basket locations, we will be shuffling the layouts.

Hole 2’s playability

Last year hole 2 was widely voted on the hole that needed the most work. We addressed that last year by adding the left lane to offer an alternative route to the pin. Further, we had thinned the large clump in the middle of 3 trees. One of this years questions was if the hole was playing more fair.

With a weighted average of 3.89, it seems like the hole still needs some work. We do not feel as though it needs a massive amount of additional clearing, but we have identified a few additional strategic trees we will thin out to continue to make the hole less spray and pray.

Out of Bounds

The out of bounds has been for the most part universally accepted as making the course play more competitively.

  • Helps to stay out of wetlands and adds challenge
  • Good placement. Colored rope would be helpful
  • The OB is great. Just keep it clearly marked.
  • Change is good, so change in difficulty is good.
  • I prefer the OB. I spent a long time trying to par daceys. I finally did a few times. Then they added the OB and now I have a new challenge. I really enjoy it
  • I like it all, people hate 7’s but I do feel it makes you think vs just throwing one as hard as you can up the middle. All the other OB seems spot on
  • generally pretty fair and makes sense.

However, hole 7 repeatedly came up as an area needing to be addressed.

  • I think the OB on 7 goes way too far into the fairway making it significantly more difficult to play.
  • The only dacey ob I don’t agree with is the ob on 7 which is exactly where the majority rhbh players and those who have the distance can easily go ob by kicking back into it.
  • I love the OB with the exception of hole 7. That middle portion is cancerous… otherwise everything else seems fair.
  • Still difficult on 7, even to lay up and avoid it. Lot of drives that look safe off to the right funnel down into the OB. It’s like a black hole for those of us that don’t have the arms to consistently hit the initial tight gap and have it carry over a huge OB pit in the middle of the fairway.
  • Only one I’m not a huge fan of is the little blind part of 7 that juts out.
  • It’s fair. OB on 7 in middle will / can discourage novice/less powerful players

Let me explain a little bit about what is going on with hole 7. As some of you know, Dacey is built winding through protected wetlands. This is particularly hamstringing to course design on the front 9. The left side of 7, and left side of 8 specifically are low areas of the course and are particularly close to those wetlands. The OB was designed to keep players OUT of those areas- we want deter people from stomping around, breaking down branches to clear a better throwing zone, or messing up the ground to get better footing. Unfortunately, that jutted out area on 7 seems to be a low area where the wetland is encroaching upon the course. Does it make the hole play harder? Most certainly. Was that the only reason we added that OB? No. There was a practical reason behind it.

That said- the OB has been largely panned due to a number of factors…

  1. Blind OB area in the middle.
  2. Safe shots can roll OB.
  3. No real safe lay up zone.

We have internally discussed a way to address this to satisfy both the wetland and the players desires. Jeremiah Libby already chopped up an existing downed tree to buffer the OB line so discs will not roll in there. Further, this might also act as a dam effect to keep the water from further creeping up into the fairway. Secondly, we are planning on thinning the small brush on the right hand side of the fairway to extend that fairway about 20ish feet right, and we are going to thin the path area leading up to 8 to provide players with a wider angle and a bail out zone as well as a wider area in Circle 2. This will provide a safe 3 play, as well as the more aggressive 2 run carrying the OB. We plan to thin the area by 8s path only to a point, allowing for the teebox and early part of the fairway some continued shielding from hole 7. This should provide a more playable shot for all levels, while still giving bigger more aggressive arms a chance at separation.

Let’s Talk About Mud.

Mud was one of the biggest items that came up in the comments…

  • The water around [Hole 9s] tee is out of control. Needs some way to move water away from the tee area.
  • keep the putting green dry on 18.
  • Drainage to alleviate the muck [on hole 1]
  • Strategically placed french drains, dry wells, and installed grass or ground cover can help reduce mud. A disc golf course without much mud is a gem
  • All fairways need some minor branch trimming but the most important thing is for proper drainage on certain holes so ice and mud dont reak havoc in terms of erosion and danger
  • Moar stones. Can we ask for stone from the town? The main path needs to be continued after where they put the stone past 6’s basket(main trail). No muddy walk to 7. The stone ends on the path and everything turns to mud.
  • The efforts for the mud reductions, adding wood chips/drainage are fantastic. Would love to see more.

Yeah. It’s a PROBLEM. Again, Dacey is built on wetlands. However, we are looking into ways to alleviate some of that issue. Hole 1’s green is an absolute mess. As the ground continues to soften, we are going to look into making some drainage ditches down into the river. Even with the wood chips last year, we ran into significant issues with that. Hole 18s green is currently a mess, as has been a mess for some years. A few years back when the town brought some equipment back they used hole 18s green to turn their trucks around in during the mud season. It tore up the green and it never really recovered and has gotten progressively worse. A possible thing that we may investigate is putting a temp basket out in the opening, pulling the usual basket for a couple weeks and completely reseed the area. It should get enough sunlight to grow, and if we can stay off of it and let the roots take hold it might help with that green significantly.

I will be speaking to the town about getting more stone and/or more wood chips. The road down behind 6 to 7 is a disaster. We are going to look to get more stone, and we are also going to construct a footbridge on the more direct walk to 7. We started that project but did not fully finish it.

Hole 9 will be a much tougher task. With the slope of the land, the only place hole 9 would drain to is hole 8. We are thinking about cutting up the big downed tree into stepping stumps that are higher than what we have now for the time being as we continue to think about ways to better fix that.


This has come up both on the survey, and in casual conversation. The foot bridges are about as old as the course is, and the have shifted, sunk, and broke apart as the ground has shifted and foot traffic has increased. The foot bridge to hole 1 is a high priority fix, and the bridge from 15-16 is essentially useless. We are going to be looking to repair those in the near future.

Hole 1s bridge over the water is its own thing. Beautifully built and aesthetically pleasing it is, but practical it isn’t. Something we will likely be dealing with for the duration. What we can do is make it a bit safer. We had put down grip strips but those did not last the winter. A possible solution we are looking at it bolting the grip strips in, or putting in studs like the bridges at flat rock to improve traction on it. As many of you know, and some of you have unfortunately experienced (myself included) coming down that bridge in snow is blow out central.

League and Event Feedback

  • Admins need to be stricter with start times. Its understandable that you want to be inclusive, but way too often, league gets held up as we wait for people who are “Be there in 5 minutes”

Chuck Edman already posted about this. He would love to see you guys there, but no more “I will be there in 5 minutes” texts. Be punctual if you want to play.

  • It would be nice to have a system for tracking year long results in leagues

We did this two years ago, it quietly faded away last year. This is the first we’ve really heard about it since. Seemed to be a lot of work for a precious little attention being paid to it. Meet in the middle and track monthly?

Sunday’s had a lot said about competitive balance.

  • There should be pools for sunday league so each random pair has one a pooler and 1 b pooler. Using a spreadsheet to determine prizes and tags for the weekly league and monthly’s rather than doing it all by hand would save everyone a lot of time.
  • I think the only thing I would change would be to randomize cards allowing for ams to play with pros to help their respective games. Its how my game raised through the OGs at Borderland when I was a young pup in the game
  • If possible to match lower rated players with higher in doubles I think it would grow the sport immensely, too often stacked teams in random dubs

This is a difficult thing to balance. Unlike regular league- there needs to be an even number of A and B poolers available for this to work. With random dubs, you can get 7 A poolers and 3 b poolers and a c pooler. It is a delicate balance there that is not always practicable to split.

That said, we’ve been talking about trying to schedule some sort of regular pro/am byop type event.

  • Having seen Devens’ digital registration and what not I can’t give it the highest ranking.

I am interested.

  • Tag matches often result in standing around an hour or so afterwards. I wish there was a way to better address this.
  • The turnaround time seems long sometimes after cards are in. Also takes too much time to send people out to start

We can definitely improve here. We are looking at instead of “head to your hole and start” at league we will have a set start time to yell through the course. Often times the admin card is the last to tee as we are putting away the table, putting things back in the bin, locking up, and then heading down to our hole. By the time our card tees, some groups are already throwing their second hole. Hopefully a shotgun type start will help some of that down time.

The Big Projects

Of our bigger projects, we asked you to rate how you would order them in terms of what you want to see. Signage was a massive surprise for us. Perhaps we took for granted our personal knowledge of the course- I am very glad we included this option as it is overwhelmingly desired! Dean Slowey has already begun working on new temporary signs to show the new lines and is going through and replacing all the dilapidated ones. We are going to work on not just hole signs, but also directional signage. Particularly on hole 3 to hole 4, and hole 17-18.

White tees…that is something I personally have been pushing for a number of years. We actually got verbal confirmation from the town that they would be going out and building them for us in October. However with the amount of rain we got, there was “too much mud” for the equipment to get back there. We will likely be on our own for this project going forward. We have almost all the material we need in stock from the town, with the notable exception of half our rubber tee mats due to the vendor being flakey.

Last year, we posted about adding multiple baskets per hole, as that was the initial plan for the course. This was something we felt was not in the best interest of the course, as many hole did not justify having two baskets in the ground at once like Borderland does. That said, the initial course vision was to have two baskets per hole. We still feel as though that is excessive. HOWEVER- multiple anchors in the ground is another story. The ability to have alternative locations is something that half of the community reported that they would love to see. We are investigating doing alternate basket locations on a number of holes. With a concrete plan already in place for hole 17, and some abstract ideas for other holes that we will be toying with. The model I am striving for is like the Hill at Devens.

Due to these impending changes- the new tee signs will be in the same vein as the former ones, as investing in nice permanent signs at this point seems a bit silly.

Some people in the past have complained about the chainstars catching ability. Though a pie in the sky idea in terms of cost, we floated the idea of upgrading the baskets. Seems like most of the community is content and would rather not see that expenditure happen. It is however something on our roadmap down the line- particularly if Maplegate’s offseason disc golf interest grows. Upgrading our baskets, and selling them to Maplegate could be a massive win/win for the community! But this is a few years out, most likely.sll

Hatchling tees were a pet project of mine. These short tees were designed for the Kids Disc Golf event, but also served to satisfy a town desire to make the course more family friendly. Going back to the second basket idea that was initially in the plan…it was specifically geared towards a family friendly layout. Rather than waste space and finances on an expensive and largely useless competitive layout, we looked at the Hatchling to be something that would be more accessible to the Franklin Community without hindering the Disc Golf Communities experience. The general consensus is that this is nothing that we really feel strongly about. For one event during the year, I am not going to be prioritizing making them any more official than a few flags in the ground and a laminated sign. The Hatchling tees will remain there for play for anyone interested, but will not have anything additional invested into them at this time.

Community Comments We Found Noteworthy…

We had an open ended question at the end for anything we didn’t ask to give you guys the floor to tell us some things we might have not mentioned. I’d like to highlight and comment on some of those.

  • I think it would benefits anyone new to the sport if the admins finds ways to provide more workshops on improving skills, host more Clinic events with Pros if possible.

Certainly! Greg Dowdell is currently offering classes through the Franklin Park and Rec office for Disc Golf. I have a Prodigy Par2 and Air Show in the works that would provide a little Q+A with local Prodigy Sponsored Pros on the horizon. We can certainly offer more of that.

The past few years we have seen Philo Brathwaite, Will Schusterick, and Drew Gibson come out during the MVP Open. I am currently working on bringing a tandem of touring pros this year- preferably a male and female. I have reached out to Garrett Gurthie and Jessica Weese, and Eric and Tina Oakley have been floated to me as well. I feel pretty strongly about getting an FPO player out here to help promote the female side of the game!

Speaking of females…

  • How in the world can we increase the number of women playing DG? With all the local TC teams – there are plenty of women interested. If we started a women’s league – would there be interest? Participation? I know many women don’t necessarily feel comfortable “playing with the guys”, so a women’s league would be great – maybe it can travel from course to course – Dacey, Borderlands, Pyramids, Hawkins?

As I mentioned above I’d love to get a current FPO tour player to come out- I think that would be hugely beneficial to the local ladies, and would probably draw some of the ladies from surrounding courses as well. We would love to see more women on league night, and would happy to host a traveling womens league should one arise. If you are interested in taking this on, or adding Dacey to an existing women’s league circuit- please reach out to us!

  • Plenty of people talk about wanting to be more involved in helping out. When you are holding Work Days or events where you need extra hands, it would be great to get more than a few days notice.
  • more DG community wofk days to improve course

We have a lot we’re hoping to do out there…we would like to schedule some more work days to get some help. We will need it. Especially for white tees. That’s going to take some man power.

  • More trash cans/ recycling??
  • Also maybe assigning like a cycling trash duty. I love that the course has trash cans but it doesnt look great when they’re overflowing. Happy to help
  • work out a way to be able to empty out the trash barrels, don’t know how it’s done now or who but would be glad to help out
  • Trash can locations. It’s nice to have them at teebox areas, but it’s not convenient for admin team to pick up…maybe some strategic placement along the main path by 18, 7,8,11 10

First of all- big shout out to you all for using the trash cans. We have a relatively clean course…aside from trash barrels overflowing. With nicer weather ahead, trash runs are more frequent. We emptied them all on 3/28. Doing trash is the crappiest job we do, and whomever volunteered to help is a saint! If you want to help us out without getting stinky…crush your cans before throwing them in the bins. When doing trash we noticed just how much wasted space in the barrels there are from empty cans. They will not fill as fast if we are all stomping our cans down before pitching them!

  • make 100 nuggets a thing

You do not have to tell me twice!

  •  Are you familiar with TopGolf? Not the electronic version in MA, but the physical large locations in the rest of the country? I was thinking the soccer fields could be used for a similar event like the skills challenge at worlds. Some ideas would be CTP from top of hill to practice basket, driving from sign (base of steps) into the field, but having to go through 3 soccer frames. Another would be place rings 150’ out and mandatory roller around an obstacle. Maybe through goal post with BH and FH shots CTP with rings worth points closer to a target. Pretty much field events which accrue you points. You guys have the two fields and space to do this, providing right time of year. I’d love to see something unique like this. -roger gagnon

  • Monkeys like cheese – esp the stinky kind from France

Lemurs have some issues with lactose. I know things.

  • Just a few specific trees to remove on a few holes…

This, on a broader scale. Just because we haven’t specifically spoken to your feedback in this post does not mean we didn’t see it! We know there are plenty of other stuff that could be worked on. Most of what was talked about here is on a much larger scale.

In Closing…

Thank you all for taking part in the survey! We appreciate your time, dedication, and effort to help direct us in making Dacey ever better! Again, not everything you ask for we can provide, but we can do our best to continue to improve the playability of the course and keep driving us forward.

In terms of admin feedback

  • Five stars but don’t want you to rest on your laurels

Can’t stop, won’t stop. Let’s get after it!

Here’s to a great 2019 season!

-Alex and the Admin Team!

February Recap: PDGA, Team Challenge, USAMPC and More!

The month of February is a short month on the calendar- but we packed plenty into this month! Oh my, where do we begin…

Hoot and Scoot III Blows By

The first pdga event at Dacey was initially scheduled back in January- but with subzero temperatures and an ice storm, we elected to move the event back to February 9th. While we missed the Ice- the event was punctuated by constant wind and some rather strong gusts throughout the day. Even still, 42 players came out to get that rated round in! Congrats to Raivis Markons-Craig for taking down his first MPO win of 2019 with -4 999 rated (grrrr!) 58! Other division winners included John Bilsky (MA1), Paul Boyle (MA2), Jen Amaral (FA2), and Patrick Broderick and Nikki Broderick taking down MA and FA 3 respectively! All amateurs were paid out through Infinite Discs!

The next Hoot and Scoot is tentatively slated for 4/15- Marathon Monday!

Teams Dacey Roll on the Road

Both the Owls and Ents were away from the friendly confines of home, and both were looking to continue to build upon their January momentum. The Owls traveled to Warren MA to battle with team 501, while the Ents marched to South Kingston RI to take on team 401…similar numerals but no relation!

The Owls found themselves dealing with snowy conditions, but were able to overcome them early screaming out to an 8 point lead at half. The early momentum came on the efforts of James Barron (8&7), Dean Slowey (7&5),  Jeremiah Libby and Corey Robitaille (Both 6&5 winners). The Owls did not take the foot off the gas, with strong performances from Chuck Edman/Anthony Stewart (49), and Max Heihsel/Josh Garland (50) paired with a 3 hole playoff win from James Barron/Paul Pacheco the Owls were able to double their margin, taking a road win 24-8.

With the win, the Owls improve to 3-2 on the season, with two big matches on the horizon. They contend with 2-3 Team Barre at Flatrock on the 9th, and then finish the season at 3-2 Stonykill in New York. All three teams are jockying for finals positions in E Pool.

The Ents found themselves in a dog fight at South Kingston against 401. At lunch, the Ents were deadlocked at 8.5, following wins by Jason Boucher (7&5), Chris Lydon (6&5) and Ben Tucker (5&4)Again, the lady Ents proved to be an asset, with both Caley Allen and Bri Reeves taking care of business in the singles frame.

The Ents however found their groove in doubles, doubling up on RI in the second round 12-6. The Ents got a dominant performance from Boucher/Allen in mixed in the form of a hot round for the day 52, and 3 hole playoff win from James Thomas/Bren Slowey. 

With the 20.5-14.5 road win, the Ents continue to hold the second seed in PiP South behind team Nantucket and are locked in finals. They will finish the season at home with contender Team Webster on 3/23.

United States Amateur Match Play Challenge Returns

Dynamic Discs’ second USAMPC bracket challenge ushers in 2 new brackets for this season! Dacey has two brackets this year, one for Teams Dacey, and one Public Open bracket. Both brackets have competent and capable players who could easily represent the state of Massachusetts in Emporia Kansas last year! Highlighting the public bracket is defending Dacey bracket champion and doubles record holder Pete Violet and last years runner up Mike Hladick. Bracket play will begin shortly, and you can follow along with updates right here, or at the links above.

Maplegate Returns from a 10 Year Hiatus

PC: Raivis Markons-Craig

Almost a decade ago, Maplegate Golf Club course Pro Greg Dowdell got a temporary disc golf course set up on the country club’s fairways. It was a big success back then, and much to many of the veteran disc golfers pleasure Greg brought it back this year! Featuring long air shots and vintage baskets, the Maplegate DGC experience was one that players from all over the area flocked to get a piece of. The course was open for casual play, as well hosted a singles tournament as well as a BYOP doubles event. Hurry and try to get a piece of the Maplegate action before it goes back to being a ball golf course!

We’re onto March…and snow. Yuck.

Dacey Disc Golf Summer Wrap Up

Well, it has been both a busy and a BIG summer at Dacey! The course has seen a number of noteworthy events happen that are worth looking back upon…

Course Records Broken

Both the course singles and doubles records were broken nearly within a month of each other during our weekly leagues! On 8/6 during our Tuesday singles league, Team Dacey Owl Zak Benson put up a scorching -10 51, besting the prior record of 52.


Zak’s record setting 51, and that is with 2 bogeys!

Then a little over a month later Dacey ran a Bring Your Own Partner doubles event in place of our regular Sunday Random Dubs, which saw 23 teams show up including nearly the entire Borderland Bombers roster (thanks for rolling so deep!). Teams representing The Team Borderland, The Bombers, The Billygoats, The Owls, and the newest regional team the Dacey 2 Ents were in attendance. With so many strong teams in the mix, we were thinking we would get to see the course doubles record set by Mike Hladick and Sam Henderson of 48 (-13) fall.  Ultimately, it did.

Pete Violet and Joe Mercieri of the Borderland Billygoats put up a sizzling 14 under par 47 to set a new doubles record, the first time that record has changed hands since 2016.

Goats putting a clean card with a record setting score!

Both scores have been updated in the Course Record Book, where you can view our current records as well as our record of recorded aces. Do note that records are only valid during events.

Pros return to Dacey

With a Pro Tour stop taking place at close by Maple Hill, Dacey has been able to get a few pros to come out and hold clinics the past few seasons while they are staying locally. This year we welcomed Drew Gibson to Dacey where he held a pre league clinic and showed us just how far he can throw his putter (far) and ran his demonstration in a question and answer format where he took many direct questions from the crowd.

Drew explaining the mechanics of his world renowned power.

Philo Brathwaite also returned to Dacey to run a small clinic a few days after Drew, it was Philo’s second time at the course.


Local Artists Get Recognition

Speaking of the Pro Tour, Team Dacey Ent member Zack Pepin got an artistic break when he was commissioned to create the trophy for the MVP Open that ultimately James Conrad would lift. Zack’s wood burning talents are unparalleled, and we are super stoked to see him get a breakthrough!

This will be hoisted by future champions of the MVP open, and their names will be placed on the board below to commemorate each champion!

Team Dacey Owl Scott Groome’s talents have also been recognized! Along with his stunning paintings he has done for a number of locals, Scott’s art will be flying through the air in the not so distant future. Scott designed the stamp for the 2018 Dacey Feathers of the Fall event on October 14th, and in addition to adorning some local plastic Scott has been working with some touring pros on designing some stamps for them, too! Scott is also the graphic designer for Marshall Street.

Want one of these beautifully stamped discs designed by Scott? Sign on up for the Feathers of the Fall at

Things are coming together for our resident artists, and we are extremely proud of their skills and hope that they both keep getting bigger and bigger in the disc golf scene!

Looking Forward to Fall

As summer winds down, we are gearing up a successful fall and winter! Starting off with registration is now open for the Feathers of the Fall on 10/14! Click here to register! This event is sponsored by Prodigy Discs and Everything Discs in Norfolk. It will be a fun day!

Do keep in mind that Saturdays in the fall means Soccer. Please be courteous to other park users and represent the community and sport in a respectable manner. Avoid the course early in the day, and please carpool where possible.

Also to keep on your radars- fall means Team Challenge is right around the corner. With two teams at Dacey now, there will be a number of dates where we will have ~40 people on the course for matches. We will have the schedule posted on the kiosk!

Happy hucking, all!



Temperatures and Number of Events Rising…

As June came to a close and July rolls in the temperature has been rising. Between the summer heat and humidity we have seen a heat wave with heat indexes reaching triple digits. No matter the heat, Dacey has been hopping with activity this summer! Here is a little recap and preview of what’s to come…

  • 6/29-6/30: Ball and Chain II. Greg Dowdell ran his second Ball and Chain event, featuring a round of 9 holes at Maplegate (where he is the course pro) for some doubles ball golf, then a round 18 doubles of Disc Golf at Dacey. Congratulations to Dan Snyder and John Giampapa for taking home the W!
  • 6/30: Zack Maron ran a private event of about 24 people on Saturday Afternoon. I stopped by to collect some stuff from the shed as they were setting up. They seem to have a pretty good traveling thing going on here! Thanks to Zack for reaching out to us about running a private event! Also thanks to the players who respected their space!
  • 7/1: Jeremiah Libby ran a BYOP (Bring Your Own Partner) Cash Doubles event in the hottest muggiest day of the year and pulled 14 teams for it! Congrats to Sam Henderson and Shane Wyatt for taking down pro with a two round score of 100 (!!!) and to Eric Wilson and Carlos Alvarado for taking down AM with a two round score of 113.
  • 7/3: League as usual!
  • 7/4: All Dacey Admin hands on deck to bring you the Hoot and Scoot II holiday Flex Start Sanctioned C-Tier. This event will be a one round sanctioned event that allows players to show up between 9am-2pm and play with either a random group or a group of their choice. Pros will play for cash, AMs will play for funny money to Infinite Discs. REGISTRATION IS DONE HERE FOR ALL AMATEUR PLAYERS
  • 7/7: Team(s) Dacey Try out 1: Alex Sakash, Chuck Edman and new captain of Dacey 2 Paul Sales are conducting try outs for all interested parties in participating in Team Challenge this fall and winter! Team Challenge is a winter league where course teams square off in a round of match play, then play doubles stroke play to crown a victor. Dacey 1 has limited spots available, but Dacey 2 is actively looking for players! Come one, come all at 10am! Show up to 1, 2 or all try outs and find out what its all about and if you have what it takes to be an Owl!
  • 7/14: Dacey Admin team brings back the Trilogy Challenge to Dacey! This event allows players to test new Trilogy Molds in a competitive, yet laid back environment. As it was last year, we will have a raffle table featuring goodies from Infinite Discs, Prodigy Disc, Grip6, Ridge Roller Customs, Birdhouse Disc Golfand Arsenal Discs. 
  • 7/16: Team(s) Dacey Try out 2: 530pm start!
  • 7/21: Team(s) Dacey Try out 3: 10am start!

Also to keep on your radar…

  • Raivis Markons-Craig is running a sanctioned PDGA league at Borderland Disc Golf on many upcoming weekends. We encourage you to check out his league, as well as Borderlands’ regular league on Thursday evenings hosted by Jon Cattel.
  • Unfortunately Stephen and Tara Scansaroli are going to be moving north soon to New Hampshire. No matter how far they are, the Scans’ clan bleeds Dacey Purple and will always be a big part of our community. As a farewell, Scansy is thinking about offering a fun event as a going away bash. Keep your antennas up for that!

Hopefully we will see you all out there soon! Remember your sunblock, and above all things STAY HYDRATED!!!!

Hoot Hoot!


United States Amateur Match Play Championship: Final Four and Finals Update

When I last left you, we were all waiting on one of the premier matches in the bracket to conclude in order to decide our final four. Let’s catch up on what happened…

  • Hladick sizzles to final four: Mike Hladick and Joe Mercieri were the last match of the Elite 8 to play, and this match was worth the wait! Both guys shot their own personal bests, with Mike outlasting Joe to win 1up, punching his ticket to the final four.

Our final four consisted of players all representing different New England Team Challenge TeamsAt the beginning of this bracket, The Bombers, Billygoats, Dacey Owls and Team RI were all represented, and it is pretty cool that one representative of each time made it to the final four! Members of all of these teams frequent Dacey leagues, so it was excellent to see all four teams represented in the Final Four! All four teams should be proud of their guy for representing them well!


  • For the herd!: In our first match of the final four, Pete Violet of the Billygoats topped Dacey’s Scott Groome 3&1.
  • Hladick stays hot: After putting up a personal best against Joe in a nailbiter in the Elite Eight, Mike roared into the Final Four against Jarji Mosi of the Bombers. Mike continued his hot play, besting Jarji 6&5. The RI Anchor sunk another opponent en route to the finals!
  • Third place is up for grabs: Although Scott and Jarji’s quest for Emporia has come to an end, there is still a trophy available for third place. Owl v Bomber for a trophy- make it happen!

Our Finals came down Pete v Mike. Let’s do a quick recap of their roads to the finals…

Mike had beaten his opponents by a combined 11 holes, an impressive run considering in every match he faced a Team Challenge player.

Pete had beaten his opponents by a combined 11 holes as well. He also had the second largest margin of victory in the bracket, winning his Elite Eight match 7&5.

Our final was played on Thursday, April 26th…two men entered, one emerged victorious…

Congratulations to Pete Violet!

Our champion is Pete! Pete saved his best for last, throwing his own personal best 55 to lift him to a 2up victory over Mike. Pete will be the representative from the Dacey bracket going to regional finals for a chance to win a trip to Emporia!

In charge of regional finals is PDGA State Coordinator Bob Kulchuk, who will be taking it from here. Best of luck to you Pete as you continue your quest to Emporia!


Thanks to all the players for playing!

You can view the entire bracket by clicking here.


United States Amateur Match Play Championship Regional Qualifier at Dacey!

Earlier this year Dynamic Discs announced that they were going to run the United States Amateur Match Play Championships (USAMPC)- a series of 16 player brackets that would compete in match play rounds at the local course, regional and eventually national level to crown a champion and award them 18 tour quality baskets and discs for life!

For those who are unaware, match play is a different way for players to compete with one another where the emphasis is on winning individual holes rather than tracking overall strokes. Match play is a staple of New England Team Challenge, which many local players currently play or aspire to play in. With so much interest in the area, taking part in this event was something that the admin team knew we should jump on!

What we ended up with was a random draw for our 16 players, and since the beginning of April these players have squared off against each other. Here are some of the highlights and takeaways thus far:

  • Family consistency: We had a father/son and husband/wife pairs in the bracket by sheer chance. The Lyons roared into the elite 8 as Mike won his match 9&8 and Tony advanced with his 4&2 victory. The Potrzuski family did not fare as well, as Mike lost a heart breaker to Zak Benson 1up and Jillian lost to Lyons Sr. However, the Potrzuski’s turned the page on their losses last weekend by both winning their respective divisions in their first PDGA event up in Maine! Congrats to them!
  • Vigeant nearly pulls the impossible: Although Alex Vigeant narrowly lost his first round match with Pete Violet, he was inches away from converting a nearly impossible feat. On his second shot on hole 7, Alex pitched an overhand out of the woods, rolled towards the basket where it hit a rock and skipped up and hit the top rung of the cage for a near roller birdie! I witness one shot of this match, and this was the one. Unreal.
  • “Scotty Boom” comes from behind: Scott Groome trailed his elite 8 match going into hole 18, where he took the hole to send it to extras against Tony Lyons. Scotty took the match in the first hole overtime. Valuable lesson of match play: It isn’t over till it’s over!
  • Team Challenge experience matters: There were 8 players representing 4 teams in New England Team Challenge playing in this bracket. Of those 8, 6 advanced to the second round. While it is true that generally the stronger players in the area are asked to play for teams, this does show that familiarity with match play does matter. Further, Jarji Mosi of the Borderland Bombers has had arguably the hardest path thus far as he had to beat out Dean Slowey (Team Dacey) and Zak Benson (Team RI) to get to the final 4. Jarji has played TC for multiple seasons, whereas Dean and Zak are both in their rookie seasons. He will have his hands full with the likes of the winner of Mike Hladick and Joe Mercieri, who are both long time TC vets and both experienced and skilled opponents! If Mike wins, the final four will feature one member of The Borderland Bombers, The Borderland Billygoats, Dacey Owls and Team Rhode Island. How is that for TC parity?

Stay tuned for updates after the final four!

You can check out the full bracket here





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