After another amazing evening with my friends in Kernersville, who treated us to a fantastic dinner at an area Italian restaurant (the tiramisu…oh the tiramisu), then getting to try fried green tomatoes for the first time at breakfast this morning, it was time for us to travel back toward Raleigh. To stay in Fearrington Village, North Carolina. A community that we had never heard of prior to agreeing to complete our third housesit of this trip via TrustedHousesitters (to learn more about how you can enjoy housesitting while saving 25% on your enrollment fee, visit: https://tinyurl.com/TONNhousesit).
Today was mostly a travel day, with no time for disc golf! However, as we got closer to Fearrington Village, we did make a brief pitstop in Pittsboro, with its funky Main Street and artsy vibe. Grabbing dinner at Hwy 55 on the East side of town before I made a bit of a plea to check out the community’s six-hole course near their public library. And that request to get at least ONE little course played on the day did not go unanswered. 🙂
Chatham County Community College in Pittsboro was a longer course than I expected, to the tune of 2,145 feet over only six holes. The only basket I could potentially reach off the tee was Hole 5, and that had several trees guarding the left side of circle one. Meaning that if you were going to get anywhere close to the basket, you needed to come at it from right-to-left or straight on. I left my drive a little short and right of the basket, missing my putt. So I finished with an underwhelming even par 19, and an estimated round rating of 927. Though when I learned that Becky and Ellie weren’t yet finished exploring the library, I decided to play a quick second round. As I was NOT happy with a 19! And playing the course a second time, I was able to turn my bogey 4 on Hole 3 into a par 3, shooting a -1 (18) for an estimated round rating of 958. Much better. [sarcasm] As now I don’t feel as though I have brought shame upon my family for chunking my approach AND putt on Hole 3 the first time around. [/sarcasm]
Magic Number = 161 (1,839 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.