Disc Golf at Pineland Farms: Rules of the Game

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Pineland Farms has two disc golf courses for guests to enjoy: the Patriot and the Minuteman (a third disc golf course is planned to open in 2024). Keep reading to learn about Disc Golf at Pineland Farms and the rules of the game.

For those who don’t know what disc golf is, it’s exactly like regular golf, except discs (similar to Frisbees) are used instead of clubs, and baskets are used instead of holes.

Disc in disc golf basket during winter.

Disc golf is very similar to traditional golf. The player throws a disc from a tee area, aiming to get the disc into the basket. If the disc doesn’t make it into the basket, the player takes their next throw from wherever the disc landed. The goal is to get the disc in the basket in the least amount of throws possible. There’s a variety of terrain on most courses, including trees, shrubs, marshes, dense woods and open woods. Some spots truly provide a challenge. Once the disc lands in the basket, the hole is completed.

Terms & Rules of the Game

Below is a quick overview of the terms and rules for the game. Please make sure to follow the rules to make the experience better for all.

Objective of the Game:

Disc golf is played like traditional “ball” golf, but with flying discs instead of balls and clubs. One point (stroke) is counted each time the disc is thrown and when a penalty is incurred. The goal is to play each hole in the fewest strokes possible. The player with the lowest total strokes over the entire course wins.

Safety First:

Never throw when players or course users are within range. Always give course users the right of way. Be aware of your surroundings and environment.

Tee Throws:

Each hole begins with a tee throw. Tee throws must be completed within or behind the designated tee area.


The lie is the spot where the players previous throw has landed. Mark lie with a mini disc or turn the thrown disc over directly towards the hole or designated fairway. The players subsequent throw is made from directly behind the marked lie.

Throwing Order:

The player with the least amount of strokes on the previous hole is the first to tee off on the next hole. After teeing off, the player whose disc is farthest from the hole always throws first.

Fairway Throws:

Fairway throws must be made directly behind the lie. A run-up and normal follow-through, after release, is allowed unless the lie is within 10 meters of the target. Any shot within 10 meters of the target requires that the player not move past the lie until the disc is at rest.

Dogleg (or Mandatory):

A dogleg is one or more designated tree(s) or pole(s) in the fairway that must be passed as indicated by arrows. Until the dogleg is passed, the closest foot to the dogleg must be on the lie when the disc is released.

Completion of Hole:

A disc that comes to rest in the basket or chains constitutes successful completion of that hole.

Unplayable Lie:

Any disc that comes to rest above the ground is considered an unplayable lie. The disc must be thrown from the lie on the ground, directly underneath the unplayable lie and relocated to avoid damage to the vegetation.

Out of Bounds:

If any area that’s out of bounds (O.B.) is visible between the disc and the O.B. line, then the disc is considered O.B. A throw that lands out of bounds must be played from a point three feet in bounds from where the disc went out. Permanent water hazards and public roads are always out of bounds.


Recreational players will not be penalized for rule infractions. Other players will keep you honest.

Course Courtesy:

  • Remain quiet and avoid unnecessary movements while others are throwing.
  • Stand behind the player who is throwing until throw is complete.
  • Remove disc from Disc Pole Hole after completing the hole.
  • Help new players learn the rules.
  • Allow faster groups to play through when possible.
  • Pick up trash and put in proper receptacles.
  • Do not alter the course (trees, bushes, etc.) in any way.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and taking the time to learn about disc golf at Pineland Farms and the rules of the game. We look forward to seeing you out on the courses!

Here at Pineland Farms, we love to welcome disc golfers from all walks of life, whether they play professionally or it’s their first time trying the sport. We offer lessons, rentals, leagues, open gym & annual passes. We also have discs available for purchase at the Outdoor Center for those looking to buy their own.

The Outdoor Center is open Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm and Friday-Sunday 8am-6pm. Both our Patriot and Minuteman courses are open through the summer, but only the Minuteman stays open year-round. The courses stay open from dawn to dusk.

For more information, visit our disc golf page on our website, contact the Outdoor Center: 207.688.6599 or stop by to see us 25 Campus Drive, New Gloucester, Maine.

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