I am not a fan of days like today on the course collecting trail. Playing two short, quick six-hole courses…one of which DGCourseReview.com designates as only a “Practice Area.” But there are times when I am traveling that I come across places that pop up on my unplayed courses map in UDisc that would seem silly to avoid. Just because they are less than 9-18 holes, or just because they might be more of a place to practice your putting than a more challenging disc golf course.
That said? Today was one of those days. I didn’t have a lot of discretionary time to play new places, and I wanted to sneak up Northeast of Durham, North Carolina to cross two small six-hole courses off of my To Play List. Courses that are a little further away from our housesit in Fearrington Village, so I can save time later during this sit when getting to new places to play.
My first stop today was at Hawley Middle School in Creedmoor, North Carolina. UDisc considers this to be a course! Complete with a hole-by-hole map to guide you around the property (what I learned was the only way to have even a prayer of navigating all of the crisscrossing fairways). DGCourseReview.com considers this to be a “Practice Area.” Practice Areas still count as courses played in DGCR…which is an area of disagreement amongst various course collectors! But my rule for course collecting has always been: “If DGCR considers it to be a course? It is a course! If DGCR doesn’t have it listed as a course? I cannot count it.” I’ve probably gotten to count ~8-10+ courses over the years that others might not include in their courses played count as a result! But I have also missed out on counting probably 40-50+ other places I’ve played in my official count of courses played.
I managed a -3 (17) during my quick round at Hawley. I didn’t have much fun, however. Just not a very well-designed, interesting place to play. I don’t mean to be critical, as I am sure it was designed by a local (maybe a student?) who was just thrilled to get six baskets in the ground! But it is not a place that I would ever want to return in the future.
My second stop on the day, Glenn Elementary School, was much more fun to play! Not really much of a technical challenge…just a chance to air-out six tee shots and hopefully sink six putts. I ended up shooting a -2 (16) for an estimated round rating of 956. But I also took the time to add a course map to the record in UDisc. Most courses I am playing, I just don’t have the time to add new maps for all of the tee and basket positions on a course I haven’t played before. But as a UDisc ambassador (in addition to a DGA ambassador), I thought this was a good chance to make the UDisc course directory database just a little bit better for everyone who uses the app.
That’ll be all I play for today. Not the greatest for my collecting, playing a measly twelve holes. But work, family and housesitting responsibilities beckon.
Magic Number = 155 (1,845 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.