Today was a busy day at work. I didn’t have hardly any time for disc golf, much less time to get my 4-5+ miles of walking in (which helps me avoid taking other medications via Mayo Clinic). But when I got my head a little above water, I decided to combine those two To Dos by walking to the second-closest course to our housesit in Hillsboro, Oregon: Evergreen Christian Center. A five-mile walk (round trip), it was a good excuse to get a little more “Vitamin D” and get to know our neighborhood for the next several weeks a little better.
The course/property wasn’t really what I expected! I didn’t know what to expect from the descriptions available on UDisc and DGCourseReview.com, but it was different than I expected it to be. Kind of a church campus…kind of not. With a young adult man in the parking lot, barefoot, dancing around and occasionally hitting himself as there was a small police presence in the parking lot. Everything I could find online said it should be okay for me to be there! But I felt a little uneasy the entire time. Feeling two pairs of eyes on me (the young man, and the police officer).
It was tough to figure out where the tee location was for Hole 1. But with the help of UDisc, I eventually figured things out. The cover photo I’ve included for this post was one of the surprising design elements I encountered on Hole 3. Basically having 90% of the fairway being one of the parking lots on the property. And even though I was there at a time when there was only one vehicle in the parking lot? That vehicle was parked right in the flight path I wanted to use off the tee with my ProLine Undertow. So I dialed that tee shot WAY back, to make sure that I wouldn’t come anywhere close to that truck.
I ended up shooting a -4 (25) for an estimated round rating of 979 on this surprisingly-long 3,059-foot nine-hole course! Two deuces, as well as getting my three on the 658-foot Hole 1 (which they considered to be a par 5). I would have called it a par 4, but it’s all the same “+1” added to my course collector rating. 🙂 And after finishing my round, I quickly got out of there…not wanting to risk an uncomfortable conversation with EITHER the barefoot man or the police officer near the Hole 9 basket.
Magic Number = 89 (1,911 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.