After a day off from disc golf to help get caught up on work and other To Dos, I was able to meet up with Eric Vandenberg again this morning to enjoy 36 holes together at Leigh Farm Park in Durham, North Carolina. Eric and I played the longs, and on behalf of DGA, my family, all things pure and decent in the world?! ???? I need to apologize for my horrific play.

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Eric Vandenberg, standing near my ProLine Undertow by a barn at Leigh Farm Park in Durham, North Carolina.

I laid egg after egg, ending up with a +4 (65) and a sweet, SWEET estimated round rating of 879. [sigh] That was one of the worst rounds I have played in months. And Eric beat me by I think 13 shots over 18 holes. I jokingly threatened to “forget” to make my last putt on 18 and officially finish with a “DNF!” ???? But I said that if I can celebrate the occasional successes on various courses? Then I need to also own the occasional turds.

I redeemed myself a little bit, playing a second round of 18 on the reds at Leigh…shooting a -8 (46) and an estimated round rating of 957. I think Eric beat me by 3-4 shots on that round too…but at least I didn’t embarrass myself (and DGA, and Steady Ed, and the entire sport of disc golf, LOL).

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A tiny turtle that took the time to say “hello” to us at Leigh Farm Park in Durham, North Carolina.

We played the reds, in part, to decide whether I should petition Tim Gostovic ( to consider the reds a second, separate course at Leigh Farm! After playing it, and knowing Tim pretty well? I think it would be a thumbs down on calling the reds a separate course. Eric thinks it should be a second course! But for how liberal UDisc is in calling just about anything a course, Tim/DGCR is about that conservative. Which is part of the reason I use DGCR as my official courses played count! As if/when I make it to 2,000 courses played? I don’t want there to be any question about me getting there. #NoAsterisks ????

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A tombstone adjacent to the disc golf course at Leigh Farm Park in Durham, North Carolina.

I’ve got ~48 hours to practice, before Eric and I will be sharing a couple more fairways! Here’s to hoping I do a little better job of representing DGA in the skills department than I did today.

Magic Number = 152 (1,848 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

Leigh Farm 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.