Day One of my work in Tennessee was much easier than I had expected it to be, with me wrapping up my To Dos in under five hours. So with an afternoon and evening suddenly free on my schedule? I snuck out on a few courses.

My first course on the afternoon was Plumb Creek Park DGC, near Knoxville, Tennessee. An interesting short course (2,417 feet), I had fun. I didn’t play particularly well, shooting a -2 (25) over nine holes (921 estimated rating). But it wasn’t about my score, as much as it was getting out in the warm sunshine and adding to my course collection.

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Hole 1 Tee at Secret City DGC in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

My next stop on the afternoon was Secret City DGC in Oak Ridge. The description about the course having a TON of trees down lived up to its billing…as there were a few holes on this course where it looked as though a tornado had blown through recently. Downed trees everywhere. I played it anyway, to the tune of a -2 (25), for an estimated round rating of 934. Though as I was heading back to the parking lot, I saw signs warning that a portion of the park was currently closed due to downed trees and safety. Making me wonder if I had accidentally played my second “closed” course of the trip. 🙂

A Surprise Afternoon of Disc Golf - Tonn's Travels
View from the Hole 9 Tee at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Things got much, much better as I left Secret City and headed for Pellissippi State Community College. That was an awesome nine-hole course! Probably my favorite nine-holer in Tennessee. Very well maintained. Long and short tees. Just a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Folks who call that one their home course can consider themselves lucky.

I had been hoping to sneak in one course after work today, so to get three played was a nice surprise! We’ll see what tomorrow brings…

Magic Number = 435 (1,565 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.

About Derek

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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.