I woke up early enough this morning where I could take care of a little “unfinished business” and FINALLY get to Charlie Vettiner Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville has only been a destination for me one time over the years: a University and College Designers Association conference where I had no free time to sneak onto a few disc golf courses. And the 5-6 times I have passed through Louisville since have been at the wrong time of day, in the middle of bad weather, traveling with people who didn’t want to wait around for me to play eighteen holes of disc golf, etc. But this morning, planets aligned and I was FINALLY going to see what all the fuss was about at Charlie Vettiner Park. 🙂
The course lived up to the hype, as I thoroughly enjoyed myself while playing from the gold tees. I played the course very well too, to the tune of a -3 (55) and an estimated rating of 964. A fun mix of open and wooded holes, it was definitely a course I would play, a lot, if I lived in the Louisville area.
After hours more in the van, with a break for some “dam hiking” (hold the ‘n’, ha!) at Douglas Dam today near Sevierville, Tennessee, we called it a night. Tomorrow we arrive at North Carolina destination #1: Candler, North Carolina. To meet Griffy the dog, looking after the home of two wonderful people while they lead a hiking adventure for a group for a week.
Magic Number = 185 (1,815 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 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.