Today was fun, as I got to sneak down into South Carolina to visit with a long-time business partner of mine. Check out his new house on Lake Hartwell with my youngest daughter, then have the three of us ride around on the lake for an hour or two. Talking a little business, but mostly just enjoying the experience.
South Carolina was my daughter’s 36th US State that she has visited in her 15 years, but she had also never been to Georgia. Since Lake Hartwell shares its waters with both South Carolina and Georgia, we asked if we might be able to take the pontoon we were riding in far enough out to be able to cross the state line! Our host thought that might be a little farther than he wanted to take his pontoon, but suggested an easy driving route that could help me get Ellie into her 37th US State. So after getting back onshore and saying our goodbyes, we were on a mission: Operation Georgia! 🙂
I teased Ellie that if we were going to get her into her 37th state, then “Dad” needed to get at least one disc golf course played there too. She agreed, so after celebrating adding state #37 to Ellie’s collection? We stopped at Toccoa Falls College for a quick round of twelve holes. Which I referred to as an “unofficial prospective student visit” for our sophomore in high school. 🙂
The people on that campus were so incredibly friendly! Waving at us as we drove in to look for Hole 1 and a place to park. Saying “hi” as we were walking around. Etc. I even had a student see me looking a little lost around Hole 7-8 and ask if I needed help finding my way around. We ended up playing the last 4-5 holes together as a result. Super nice guy! Ellie and I both left campus feeling as though the people there were all incredibly nice…to the point of it being infectious. As WE started saying “hi” and waving to several more strangers as we made our way back up toward Asheville that afternoon.
The course itself was fun to play. Some recent re-design work made it harder to navigate. But my friendly guide more than made up for any confusion in trying to find my way to a couple of the holes. I managed a -3 (34) and an estimated round rating of 936. Not the greatest round, but I didn’t care. I had a fun experience with Ellie and that student who was studying to be a youth minister…and the player that has the most fun wins, right?!
Magic Number = 180 (1,820 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.