Today I decided to try my luck at playing one of the two courses I tried (and failed) to play on September 5: East Clayton Park in Clayton, North Carolina. It was a bit of a drive back over to the course, though from the perspective of my glass being half full? I didn’t need to worry about getting lost as much as I tried to navigate my way to the course the second time around. 🙂 And when I pulled into the parking lot this morning, I was pleased to see all of the “course temporarily closed” signs from the tournament had been removed, and the course was available for me to play.

East Clayton Park - Tonn's Travels
View from the Hole 1 tee at East Clayton Park in Clayton, North Carolina.

I had heard really good things about this course prior to playing it, and the course did not disappoint! It was a really good mix of mostly wooded holes, with a couple of open holes to reach back and let ‘er rip as far as you can. I also wanted to play the Blue (long) tees while I was here, to try and play the best/toughest the course had to offer. And I ended up shooting a -4 (58), with an estimated round rating of 980.

The course was no joke, weighing in at 7,023 feet over eighteen holes. 7,023 feet mostly in the trees! I managed six birdies (including a four on the 635-foot Hole 8), while only taking bogeys on Holes 11 and 17. I probably could have played a little better! But I certainly could have played a LOT worse. So I’ll take it. Another +1 to my Courses Played Collection, and I had a lot of fun, with whatever score I was able to manage on the course being secondary in importance.

Magic Number = 171 (1,829 Courses Played)

How it All Got Started: Tonn’s Travels >>
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

East Clayton Park - Tonn's Travels

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.