After wrapping up our first housesit on this 40-day adventure to North Carolina (have I mentioned how AWESOME the housesitting lifestyle is? Check out TrustedHousesitters.com for yourself via: https://tinyurl.com/TONNhousesit) …yesterday was a travel day. Making our way from Asheville to Raleigh, North Carolina for Housesit #2. Our homeowners in Raleigh very graciously asked if they could take us out to dinner last night, before leaving on their own adventure. Then after wishing them a safe trip this morning after a good night’s sleep, I made my way out to Cedar Hills Rotary Park, to begin to see what more of the disc golf scene in Raleigh-Durham is like.
I had only previously played two courses in the metro area, both in Durham: Valley Springs Park and Cornwallis Road Park. A couple quick rounds I snuck in while making my way from Greer, South Carolina up to Norfolk, Virginia for a work conference. So this housesit, as well as Housesit #3, would be my chance to really explore an area with a lot of supposedly great wooded courses.
Cedar Hills did not disappoint, and it is my favorite type of course to play. Heavily wooded, rewarding accuracy much more than distance off the tee. I started my exploration of Raleigh on a high note, shooting a -3 (53) off the Blue/Long tees, for an estimated round rating of 999. Playing Holes 13-18 with a couple of super nice guys who were full of questions about the DGA Squall and Undertow. I was playing really well, so on Hole 17, I decided to risk a very low percentage shot in pursuit of a deuce on the 210-foot par 3. And I paid for it. Carding a bogey-4. On a 210-foot hole. [sigh]
Not listening to my own advice of taking what a course gives you, and “the player that makes the fewest mistakes wins,” I was able to quickly re-group on the 450-foot Hole 18. Throwing a long (but not risky) drive to the middle of the fairway, trusting that my Squall would get things done in my second shot. I then put my Squall inside of ten feet on my second shot, finishing with a birdie-3. I still felt stupid, the risk I took on Hole 17 which cost me dearly! But at least I was able to sort of “erase the mistake” before heading back to the van.
After getting back to the house in Raleigh, my wife, youngest daughter and I decided that it was time for culture and a shared experience that didn’t involve throwing DGA plastic…so we headed off to the North Carolina Museum of Art. That was a lot of fun! And what I probably don’t mention enough is that these housesitting trips are NOT about disc golf! It is about shared experiences and memories with my wife and daughter(s). And disc golf is what I do because I love it, an effort to keep my “spare tire” around my mid-section a little smaller (exercise), and to try and be a bit of an inspiration for others with epilepsy and/or who will never be the next “Matt Bell” on the Disc Golf Pro Tour! And to be able to do what I do as a part of Team DGA, having played in all fifty US States, three Canadian provinces, France and The Netherlands? I feel like one of the luckiest human beings on the planet.
Magic Number = 176 (1,824 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.