NEFA Member, and local disc golfer Nate Spear is ‘Spear-Heading’ an effort to bring a new course to Framingham, MA. Here’s his story- please leave comments, share the article, and contact Nate with any aspect of follow-up you may have! Let’s bring disc golf to Framingham!
When the wife and I decided to move last year to alleviate the 2+ hours of driving per day commuting to work, the hardest part ofmoving away from Haverhill was leaving my home course and the friends I had met there over the years at nearby Amesbury Pines. I knew that Framingham was the black hole of disc golf; there isn’t one course within 20 miles in any direction- so I decided to make it my goal to bring disc golf to the masses of the largest town by population in the country, so I’m told, Framingham MA.
Being a contractor by trade, and seeing the building industry continuously slip, I decided it was the time to go back to college to get my bachelors degree. I chose Geography with a concentration in urban and regional planning at Framingham State University in the hopes of becoming a town planner.
With my first season as an AM2 golfer under my belt, and many hours in course maintenance and even a redesign effort in Pelham NH, I know what it takes to make a reasonable course design. Having become a NEFA gold member this season I plan on playing a little less and concentrating more on school and getting a course in the ground so I can play local.
I had never heard of GIS (geographic information systems,) a computer-based cartographic science that allows you to layer information from spreadsheet form to geographic space. It translated into me mapping a prospective course in an underutilized wooded area behind the high school; currently used for less than virtuous activities of young miscreants. A required final project and presentation by my classmate Sebastian and I, allowed us to show statistically why a course in this area of the state is so badly needed based on population. Regardless of whether this exact area is used for a course or whether one of several other recommended areas are used, a course is badly needed in MetroWest Massachusetts.
Having personally been in touch with a number of town officials, the interest level is apparent for a free to the public activity, and locals are intrigued by the thought of a course in town. Using this GIS power point presentation as a base of basic information, along with a course proposal that is in the works, I would like to make a persuasive recommendation to the town in the near future at a town meeting.
Thoughts, concerns, ideas, and especially experience of anyone in the disc golf community would be much appreciated in this endeavor, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Answer the call of volunteerism, in the name of the sport that has given you and I so many countless hours of carefree enjoyment, please give your time and or your hard earned dollars until it hurts.