Three times in the past few weeks, I had planned on playing course #1,500, and three times I had been thwarted due to either work, weather, or visiting a course that no longer existed. That said, I decided that I would give myself a late birthday present today, and make another attempt at getting that milestone (monkey) off my back…doing it the way I have done it this whole time: Visiting a course that two of the three main course directories out there did not know existed, then taking lots of pictures and adding the course record where it has been missing.
So after making sure my daughters made it to school on time, I hopped in the car and headed South to Whittemore, Iowa. UDisc let me know earlier in the week that a new course had been installed at Siems County Park, just East of Whittemore, so I went down to Iowa to see the course for myself and take lots of pictures.
For a short course, it was surprisingly technical! Lots of tight twists and turns in the fairways and/or baskets tucked behind trees and bushes after Hole 1, which was wide open but had a roll-away hill and water to contend with to the right of the basket. I could have tried to run a couple more tee shots to set up deuce attempts, but being two hours from home and knowing that the wood and deer ticks here in the Upper Midwest are supposed to be bad this year, I decided to play the course very conservatively. Concentrating on hitting my fairways and not getting into areas of taller rough. My score on the course was subsequently underwhelming (-1, 26), but that wasn’t the point. The point was FINALLY reaching the plateau of 1,500 courses played. As well as taking lots of pictures and adding the course (and pictures) to Disc Golf Course Review for other players to see and enjoy.
I have more course collecting activities planned during each of the next two weekends, if weather, health and our schedules and vehicles cooperate! A brief trip up to Minneapolis St. Paul as a part of a school event for our oldest daughter and a small family gathering next weekend, then my rescheduled work (mapping and course design) trip to Wisconsin the following weekend. Here’s to hoping that I can get several more courses played by the time I am back home from Wisconsin!
Magic Number = 500 (1,500 Courses Played)
About Tonn’s Travels
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A main purpose of this blog will be to share information, helpful tips and tricks (everything from health and fitness to methods for saving money while you’re our “bagging courses” of your own), and ideas for better, safer course design. But I am also hoping to inspire others with my passion for the sport, via the stories I can share about all of the interesting experiences I have. All of the interesting people I meet. All of the amazing courses I am blessed to have the opportunity to play. If I can inspire even a handful of individuals to get off the couch, get “out of their bubble” or “security blanket” and explore more of this big, beautiful planet we all call home? Then I will consider this effort a success.
Derek Tonn is a member of the DGA’s Ambassador Team. His company, Mapformation, LLC, has been DGA’s partner in the development of disc golf tee signage since 2012. The longer our two companies have worked together, and the more Derek has gotten to know all the great folks at DGA, the more he has wanted to formally sing the company’s praises. The more he has realized that “Steady” Ed the father of disc golf and the modern day Frisbee vision for the sport and his company perfectly describes his own interests and priorities related to disc golf, and the more Derek has recently been encouraged to share his story.