Today was a good day! I was able to play another six new courses in Minnesota and North Dakota. I had hoped to play as many as eight new courses, but two of the courses on my radar are still closed for the Winter.
My first stop on the day was at Disc-O Park in Halstad Township in Minnesota. I mean really, who WOULDN’T want to play a course called Disc-O Park?! 🙂 The course was a little rough around the edges, bordered on the West by the Red River, but I enjoyed myself…shooting a 24, for an estimated round rating of 945.
After Disc-O Park, it was back into North Dakota for the rest of my day. My next stop was at Mayville DGC in Mayville, North Dakota. I was a little disappointed with myself on this course, as I played the longs (whites), but I just assumed that those hole distances would be in UDisc and DGCourseReview. They weren’t, so my estimated round rating for my -2 (25) is “N/A.” 🙁 A bit of a bummer, as I like to know how I do on the courses I play. But a (new) course is a course…which was the primary objective.
After Mayville, it was on to Arthur, North Dakota to check out Arthur DGC. My 1,700th disc golf course played! It was a bit of a bummer, as I would have liked to have my 1,700th course be better. More memorable. But again, a (new) course is a course…which was my primary objective. Still, this one wasn’t very good. Particularly the placement of the Hole 4 basket within feet of a baseball field fence. And when all the fruit trees they’ve planted on that course grow/mature? The Hole 3 and Hole 4 fairways might disappear.
After Arthur, it was on to Enderlin, North Dakota to check out Enderlin Creek Golf Course. Another disappointing, underwhelming course on my day. I found a couple tee signs, so I knew that at least two of the nine holes I played were the way the course designer had intended for the course to be played! But Enderlin was primarily a safari round…since about six of the nine holes were me guessing what I would do, if it had been me who designed the course.
After an underwhelming round in Enderlin, I headed to Lisbon, North Dakota to check out the ten-hole North Dakota Veterans Home DGC. One of the things that most people don’t realize (or appreciate) is the literally thousands of photos I have taken from the tees on the 1,700+ courses I have played. I mention that because on eight of the ten baskets at North Dakota Veterans Home, the baskets (portables) were lying on the ground. So before I could play the holes, I walked to the baskets, propped the baskets up, then walked back to the tee to take my pictures. A LOT of work! But it is worth it when making our disc golf course directories better. And you’ll often notice that the name “DGA” appears in each of those thousands of photos too! Just one of those little things I do to try and be a bit better DGA Ambassador. 🙂
After playing at the Veterans Home, I decided to drive from Lisbon to Valley City, North Dakota to sneak in one more nine-hole course! And the drive from Lisbon to Valley City? Wow. I had never heard of the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway prior to today, but it is easily the most beautiful part of North Dakota I have ever seen. So, SO beautiful. If you happen to find yourself South of I-94 as you are driving through North Dakota, I would highly recommend checking that out.
My last course on the day was Valley City Park DGC in Valley City, North Dakota. A fun little nine-holer, although in the strong wind today? A few of those holes along the river were scary! I also knew I was probably done on the day, as my tee shot on Hole 1 barely made it ~150 feet. My shoulders, my back, my left elbow were done. I limped through the remaining eight holes, to finish with a -5 (23) and an estimated round rating of 939. But my tank was officially on empty. So I headed back to my hotel for the evening to get some rest.
North Dakota is also now my 31st US State where I have played at least ten courses. Of all my stats/quants, that is one of the things I am most proud of. As anyone can play a course or two, here and there! But playing at least ten courses in an area takes a lot more work. It’d be interesting to know if the three players ahead of me in Courses Played have played 10+ courses in even 25 US States?
A good weekend trip! Hopefully it won’t be too long until I can get back out on some courses again.
Magic Number = 297 (1,703 Courses Played)
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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 out “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.