They say the journey of 1000 courses starts with the first one (or something like that) and the Sackville disc golf course represents the first of many disc golf courses the MDGA will aid in creating. This course makes use of a wonderfully spacious and surprisingly underused public park to create a challenging, yet pleasurable 18 holes. Although holes 1,2 and 3 are cut into tightly wooded walking paths, our crew is constantly chipping away at the underbrush to make these first three holes more enjoyable. These holes are tough but fair and can all produce birdies if you hit your line. Getting to number 4 and still being at (or very near) par feels like an accomplishment.
Once you get out of the woods you will notice that the wind will become a huge factor. Carry some stable discs and expect that some baskets play much farther away then they look. Hole 5 is an island hole with hay bales framing the basket on 2 sides and an unused road on the others. Hit the green and it’s all but a guaranteed deuce, miss and you are heading to the drop zone looking for a 4. There are tee signs with diagrams and marked OB, as well as suggested par for rec and advanced players on all of the holes. These are all placed in fairly obvious places but at least 3 holes on the course are blind off the tee, and although there are not as many local routes as other courses, the flow of the course can be a bit misleading. However, tees and baskets are all marked with their numbers so if you are confused just double check.
The course at Beech Hill seems to waiver between very birdie-able holes to thankful-for-the-par types. The vast majority of rounds on this course have been played over par (55) and the course record sits at a solid -5 under. The brilliance of this course (other than the fact that is mere seconds off of the Trans Canada) is that is does require a multitude of shots to score well. Backhands, Forehands, and Rollers can all be used more then once here to the players advantage. There is no doubt that as more and better players start playing here a mid 40’s score will be posted. Ace runs on 5, 6, 11, 13, 15, and 18 keep you interested the entire round while pars on 3, 7, 9, 12 and 16 are mandatory if you want to keep on the good side of the score card. Locals play doubles here every Sunday at 1:30 and the park is in good shape and playable for pretty much the entire year. If you are a disc golfer and you are traveling to any points in and out of Nova Scotia, take the time to stop. If for no other reason then the simple fact that hole 18 is truly one of the easiest holes on the course and this allows you to often leave there happy even if the score says otherwise.