I got to thinking today, about how cool it is that disc golf is a sport that can be enjoyed just about anywhere, on any terrain. The six courses I played today in California were located on a desert landscape behind a community center, on a beautifully groomed golf course (that also hosted a foot golf course), on a relatively flat, grassy public park, at an elementary school, at a hotel and at a second public park whose terrain was filled with significant elevation changes.
Disc golf is different from most sports in that regard. You don’t need level surfaces and fresh, evenly cut “Bermuda grass” to keep balls from bouncing irregularly. You don’t even need grass at all, as some of my favorite courses I have played have been on lava, sand or rocky surfaces.
I have heard the land that a lot of disc golf courses are installed on referred to as “throw-away land.” Land that is not suitable for development or other recreational uses. And quite honestly? That is just fine with me. As accessing land that others do not want, cannot use, doesn’t come at nearly as steep a cost. Helping us get more courses in the ground, for less money.
Magic Number = 701 (1,299 courses played)
About Tonn’s Travels
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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.