Photos: All-weather disc golf

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  • Ian Hamel of Amherst pars the par-three third hole at the Northampton State Hospital Disc Golf Course on Monday. Hamel, who was on his second round of the 18-hole course with friend Casey Dunphy of Hatfield, said there’s one good thing about disc golf in the winter: “It makes you love playing in the summer even more.” STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Ian Hamel, left, of Amherst and Casey Dunphy of Hatfield negotiate the slippery fairway down to the second hole at the Northampton State Hospital Disc Golf Course on Monday. Despite the occasional hazards the two said they like to play disc golf year round. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Casey Dunphy of Hatfield encourages a loose dog to return to its owner after the canine retrieved his drive off the second tee at the Northampton State Hospital Disc Golf Course then, with some coaxing, dropped the disc at his feet. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Casey Dunphy lets fly his chip shot on the fourth hole at the Northampton State Hospital Disc Golf Course on Monday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Casey Dunphy of Hatfield throws his hands up after his chip shot met up with a tree on the fourth hole at the Northampton State Hospital Disc Golf Course. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Casey Dunphy, left, of Hatfield and Ian Hamel of Amherst wipe mud and ice off their discs before heading to the third tee at the Northampton State Hospital Disc Golf Course on Monday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 3/2/2021 12:57:06 PM

NORTHAMPTON – Friends Ian Hamel of Amherst and Casey Dunphy of Hatfield braved the icy and muddy conditions on Monday to get in two rounds at the 18-hole Northampton State Hospital Disc Golf Course, which overlaps with a popular dog-walking area – at times its own hazard. After his drive off the second tee, Dunphy had to gently convince a passing dog to drop his disc, which it had eagerly fetched, unsolicited. Hamel said they like to play disc golf year-round, citing one good thing about the winter: “It makes you love playing in the summer even more.”

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinGutting.


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