It had been six long, HARD, PAINFUL days (insert violin music here) since I had been able to play any new disc golf courses here in Minnesota. Over one hundred and forty hours since I had the chance to add any “+1s” to my courses played collection! #FirstWorldProblems 🙂 But this morning, my “suffering” finally came to an end, as I had the chance to sneak over to Janesville, Minnesota, about 75 minutes East of me, to play one of Southern Minnesota’s newest courses: Lakeview Park.
The first couple of holes on the course were nothing overly exciting. And throwing around a small building (Hole 1), throwing around a ballfield fence (Hole 2)? I was thinking this course might be nothing special. Just a chance to get a quick +1 and get back home. But the more holes I played? The more impressed I became. Lakeview Park was a really FUN course! Sure, it has its issues. The aforementioned issues with Holes 1-2. Easily getting confused on your next hole to play after completing Hole 7. The Hole 10 fairway needs a lot of work. Etc. But with the tremendous amount of elevation change? All the trees to keep you honest in your lines off the tee? It was a very enjoyable experience!
The one tee shot on the course that didn’t seem to make a lot of sense to me was Pro/Long 14 (shown above). I think I understand what the designer was trying to do…not allowing you to go high or low in your release. But if anyone ends up having their disc somewhere on that hill? It is treacherous, DANGEROUS trying to get to your disc! I put my tee shot right next to the trunk of one of the trees at the very top of the hill, so I thought I would try and walk up the hill to get to it. About one-third the way up the hill, and after just about falling three times (on to all sorts of tree stumps, branches and roots), I walked (more like slid) back down the hill and walked around the trees on the right. Not risking life and limb. If players throw their discs halfway up that hill? Someone is going to get hurt trying to get to it from above/below.
I managed four deuces on this Par-56 eighteen-hole course: Holes 6, 9, 12 and 16. I thought I played the course pretty well! But that -4 off the long tees only gave me an estimated round rating of 902. I think I played a lot better than that! Though maybe because a lot of the holes are more technical, DGCourseReview.com‘s ratings estimator didn’t take some of that technical difficulty into account. (?) Whatever the case, I got my “+1” to my courses played collection. AND I discovered another really fun place to play within 90 minutes of home.
Magic Number = 130 (1,870 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.