Sometimes when you are out on the course collecting trail, you research courses to play that don’t excite you. Courses that are just “in the way” on your path to playing other courses to/from your destination. Today was mostly one of those days, as I needed to get up to Rice Lake, Wisconsin. And while I needed to drive that way anyway, I had three courses at K-12 schools that I hadn’t been particularly excited to visit. But I also don’t want to leave any course unplayed if I can help it…so I decided that today would be the day to check those courses out.
On my way toward Rice Lake, I also took the opportunity to play Woodville DGC, a new(er) nine-hole course in Woodville, Wisconsin. I actually enjoyed playing this one more than I had expected, as I like what they have done with some of their basket placement and mowing patterns. A lot of that had to do with the introduction of some long tees since it opened, adding a great deal more challenge. The 2,292 foot course became a much more challenging 2,990 feet off the longs, and I managed a respectable -1 (26) off said longs, for an estimated round rating of 949.
After Woodville, it was on to “crossing ’em off my list,” starting with Lakers DGC in Turtle Lake. A course with no tees, no signage and no map, with one of the nine baskets missing. All I could do is use my “spidey senses” on the course design front to guess about the flow/layout of the design, playing one of the holes twice to get in nine holes. There were actually a few cool/fun shots out there! A little better than I expected it to be. But there were some safety issues on this one too. Though I appreciated the “backstop” behind one of the baskets: the school building wall with no windows that allows you to run your shot aggressively at the basket with no worries about running 40-50+ feet past the basket. 🙂
After Turtle Lake, it was on to Cumberland High School. I must say, the first seven holes of this course greatly exceeded my (low) expectations for this course. A few safety issues to dislike, but some really fun shots to play! It would not be a place to play when there were events on the track and field by Holes 3-7. But with the campus empty while I was there, apart from one runner on the track? I enjoyed it. Hole 8 (a road/trail under construction where the tee, fairway and basket were supposed to be) and Hole 9 (missing tee, throwing over/around construction equipment) were another story. But considering that my expectations ahead of visiting were low? I left feeling happy, having at least a few fun shots on my way to a -2 (25) and an estimated round rating of 939. Using UDisc to play Hole 8 from where the tee and basket were supposed to be.
While leaving Cumberland, the sun was getting low in the sky…but I needed to try and squeeze one more course off my list on the day. So I hustled down to Barron (sticking “close” to the speed limit, ha!) to arrive at Rockmans Woods DGC (Barron High School) right as the sun was setting. No tee signs, no tee pads and no course map, along with four of the nine baskets being nowhere to be seen, made this another safari round and half-object course, doing my best to guess what the course designer might have been thinking. But I got it played to the point of feeling okay about counting it as another course played, playing everything that is there/available (and what looked like it “should” be tee and basket locations). And since I wasn’t expecting much before I got there anyway? Well, let’s just say that Barron High School met my expectations.
So Mission Accomplished! Four courses played today, on my way to Rice Lake, Wisconsin for the main purpose of this quick trip: meeting a few friends to evaluate a course design on a property where 99.9% of players are never allowed to play. But more on that tomorrow…
Magic Number = 343 (1,657 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.