I am pretty proud of my course collecting work today, as I managed 99 holes in 90+ degree heat and humidity, at courses in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. I might have had another course or two I could have mustered up the energy for, but I needed to save my energy to tackle a couple beasts tomorrow morning. 🙂
This morning began with an 18-hole round at Pinhook DGC in Crittenden, Kentucky. Maybe it was the heat and humidity talking, but that course had some teeth! I thought it was fun, and I tried everything in my power to see if I could shoot under a 54. But the 18th hole got me, and I ended up with a -1 (54) on the round. Nothing to be ashamed of (an estimated round rating of 948)! But I worked SO hard to try and do a little better on that one. A couple of the local parks staff were jokingly busting my chops on one of the holes too, saying: “If you can put your tee shot that close to the basket on this hole (~50 feet?), you’d better make your deuce!” 😛 Sadly, I did NOT make my deuce, revealing the fact that I am NOT a great player to those parks folks (LOL).
After Pinhook, it was back to “The NATI,” to play a few more new courses in the Cincinnati metro. My first course was Boone Woods Park in Burlington, KY. I wanted to play Boone Woods when I played Idlewild and Lincoln Ridge a few years ago, but I just didn’t have time. I was shaky in my first 3-4 holes, missing a few of my approach shots (not like me), but I recovered over the last 14-15 holes to card a -5 (49), for an estimated round rating of 980. Hole 8 had some minor construction work happening with some park staff and a few local club members, so I skipped it until after I finished Hole 18. By the time I walked back, Hole 8 was playable again, though the 4-5 people were standing around on a break before some additional course work. So I had a “gallery!” 🙂 I pulled out my trusty Squall, exhaled, and put it about four feet short and left of the basket for the drop-in deuce. Always good to look like I know what I am doing with other people watching…ha!
After Boone Woods, it was time to enjoy a bit more history, playing another one of Steady Ed’s designs from 1978: Miami Whitewater Forest in Harrison, Ohio. It makes me SO happy, having the chance to play another one of Ed’s designs, as a DGA Ambassador, with discs from Ed’s company. I didn’t play the greatest, carding a 25 (should have been at LEAST a 23), but my score didn’t matter to me. What mattered was walking the same ground as Ed had walked, getting just a tiny bit more insight into his vision as a course designer. And I can tell you, if I were playing that course with Frisbees instead of disc golf discs? 35 vs. 25 would have probably been a rock-solid score.
After paying my respects to another one of Ed’s designs, it was on to New Palestine, Indiana to play Sugar Creek Park DGC. Not my style of course (wide open, few trees), and the wind was kicking-up, making it less fun. I played it okay (-6, 21), though a good player should probably shoot a 19-20 on that one…if not an 18.
After that township course, it was time to find a Steak ‘n Shake for lunch, as when in Indianapolis? You need to eat at Steak ‘n Shake at LEAST once! 🙂 And when we found a convenient location in Google Maps, it just happened to be located about 100 feet from Calvary Christian School DGC. So I quickly ate my lunch in the car, then headed off to play while my mom enjoyed her burger and shake. I struggled on that open/easy course, only managing a meager -3 (24), for an estimated round rating of 914. I’ll blame it on digesting that delicious burger, fries and shake. Yeah…that’s the excuse I’ll use for stinking up the course! 🙂
After three nine-holers in a row, I decided it was time for another 18-holer, and the nearest one to our location was Avon Town Hall in Avon, Indiana. I really enjoyed that course! The heat and humidity was oppressive, as I was literally wringing the sweat out of my t-shirt and shorts after my round! But it was a lot of fun to play. And I played it well…to the tune of a -5 (52) and an estimated round rating of 968.
I would have loved to stick around the Greater Indianapolis area to get a few more courses played, but trying to make it as far as Peoria, Illinois by the end of today, I needed to start putting more miles in behind the wheel. So I spent the next few hours driving. But I did eventually get another nine-holer played in Mahomet, Illinois: Brent Johnson Park. I played that one well, with an audience of a couple local kids. -7 (20), for an estimated round rating of 1018.
After Brent Johnson, I thought I would try and squeeze one more course in before sunset. I was in luck, as I found Westwood Park in Mackinaw, Illinois. About the same length as Brent Johnson, but tougher. I shot a respectable -4 (23), but my tank was just about on “E,” so it was a good time to call it a night. Save up energy for tomorrow’s battle with a couple of Peoria’s finest.
Magic Number = 358 (1,642 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.