Today was a great day of disc golf…knocking out six new courses as I made my way from Keokuk, Iowa to Clarksville, Tennessee. It had been too long since I’ve had a day like today, enjoying 72 new holes of disc golf.

My day started by playing Rand Park in Keokuk. A course I desperately wanted to play my last trip through town, but timing and a travel companion simply would not allow it. I played it well too, to the tune of a -4 (52). An estimated round rating of 983. I then crossed the Mississippi River to play Hamilton DGC in Hamilton, IL, Jaycee Park in Carthage, IL, and Hornet’s Nest in Mt. Sterling, IL, before making my way to Jacksonville, IL.

Course Collecting in Southern Illinois - Tonn's Travels
Photo of the Course Welcome Sign in Jacksonville, IL

Foreman Grove in Jacksonville was a long nine-hole course, measuring 3,135 feet. I suppose it wasn’t THAT long! But the heat and humidity, after having already played 54 holes on the day, made those 400+ foot tee shots in the wind feel like I was needing to throw my Undertows about a mile. 🙂 I got it done, shooting a par 27 for the round (an estimated round rating of 942). But I was exhausted by the end of the round.

I did sneak one more course in, however: Rend Lake College in Ina, IL. Only after I sat down in the car to record my score, I noticed that UDisc said the course/campus was closed. I hope I wasn’t trespassing as a result! But there were no warning signs posted around the campus entrance or course while I was on campus, and I saw two campus security vehicles to my South while I was there (who didn’t seem concerned with my presence). But let’s just say after recording my round in UDisc, I got off-campus as quickly as was absolutely possible.

Made it to Clarksville, Tennessee tonight, where it is beyond time to rest. But I’ll hit things hard again in the morning.

Magic Number = 442 (1,558 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.

About Derek

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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.