If yesterday felt like cheating while course collecting, playing three quick, short nine-hole courses, today felt like outright theft. My rule on the course collecting trail has always been that if DGCourseReview.com counts it as a course? I count it as a course. That said, while I had very limited time to work with between the time I woke up and the time my wife and youngest daughter would be up and ready to make our final push toward Oregon, the two closest courses to our hotel in Idaho were a five-hole course, and a three-hole course! Why does the song Been Caught Stealing by Jane’s Addiction from back in the day come to mind?! 😀
First, the five-holer: Broodmore Park in Hayden, Idaho. It took longer to figure out where the course started in the park, as well as chatting-up a neighbor with his dog, than it did to actually play. Which was great, because I really needed to make tracks to get back to our hotel. I only managed a -4 (11), screwing up my tee shot on Hole 2 and leaving too long of a putt for me to make from circle-2. I’m not sure of the estimated round rating on this one, but it is probably down around the 900s-920s.
My second count of course collecting theft on the morning (ha) was at Shadduck Park DGC in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. An even more serious charge of a crime at only three holes, I did at least manage to get my -3 (6) off the tee, for an estimated round rating of 984! Positive memories as I sit in my cell with three square and a cot. Hehe.
Okay, okay…playing courses with less than nine holes is NOT “cheating!” It sure can feel like it sometimes though. And what I REALLY dislike is playing little shorties like this, when much better 18s are out there, 10-15 minutes away. But as I have mentioned before, when I am traveling with others, I need to be sensitive to their wants and needs. And sitting in a van for 45+ minutes waiting for “husband” or “dad” to finish his “+1” with his course collection would make me kind of lame. Make me feel selfish. So I do my best to sneak a couple shorter courses in, here and there, while folks are still sleeping. Or still in the shower. Or needing a 20-25 minute stretch break.
My NEXT course will be an eighteen-holer though, I promise! I need an eighteen or two (or ten) to offset some of these shorties I’ve been collecting the past couple of days.
Magic Number = 93 (1,907 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.