I was SO happy and relaxed this morning! Reconnecting with friends in Kernersville, North Carolina last night, being treated to a great meal and lots of fun, interesting conversation. Having them meet my wife and youngest daughter for the first time. Then getting a great night’s sleep in our own guest suite (a space bigger than a typical master suite, with its own bathroom, walk-in closet and even its own fireplace). The only place I think I have stayed over the years that has been any nicer from a guest perspective is my work at Pebble Beach Resorts in California!
This morning, I had the chance to get caught up on more tee sign work for DGA, before heading off to meet with officials from the City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina to talk a bit about our mapping business. And while I was out and about? I OF COURSE needed to have my discs with me, so I could check out a few new courses in the area.
My first stop on the morning was at Re3 DGC in Kernersville. Project Re3 is actually a church, with the three Rs standing for Restore, Rebuild and Renovate. This was the closest course to my friends’ home that I hadn’t yet played during my previous time in the area, so it was nice to FINALLY cross this one off the “To Play List.” A fun, very short nine-holer (1,815 feet), it is a little tougher than it might seem on paper! I managed a -5 (22) during my round, for an estimated rating of 947. A decent warm-up round to the course I have been dying to play for a few years.
The real prize today in my Courses Played Collection was playing at Horizons Park, one of the oldest remaining courses in North Carolina (1982), designed by none other than Tom Monroe. I have gone out of my way to play as many courses as I can, designed by course design legends such as Steady Ed Headrick, John Houck, H.B. Clark, Chuck Kennedy, etc. over the years. But I haven’t had the pleasure of playing many of Tom’s designs in the past. So today was a chance to experience Tom’s vision for disc (Frisbee) golf holes from 39 years ago! The course has since added better tee surfaces, along with three additional holes (that I don’t believe Tom had a hand in designing). But playing those eighteen holes from 1982 felt a little bit like walking back in time. A true treat!
Of course, playing with modern discs, instead of Frisbees? Makes the course much, MUCH easier to play! And I absolutely tore that course apart with my DGA ProLine Squall, to the tune of a -17 (41) and an estimated round rating of 1,008! But the +1 to my Courses Played Collection wasn’t as important to me this morning as getting my +1 in Tom Monroe Designs played. 🙂
Mission accomplished! Now we’ll see what I might be able to get played tomorrow before we head over to Housesit #3.
Magic Number = 162 (1,838 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’s (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.