Work for BOTH mapformation and DGA brought me up to Northern Wisconsin for the next couple of days. And with the unseasonably warm and dry conditions this late in November in the Upper Midwest, I need to do everything in my power to play as many additional new courses as I can. Today being Sunday, that meant playing two K-12 courses that are hard to play during the school year, as well as two courses on “ball golf” courses that are only available to play after golf is no longer available during the late Fall, Winter, and early Spring.
My first stop on the day was at Boyceville Middle/High School in Boyceville, Wisconsin. A new course that had popped up on my unplayed courses map in UDisc after I had previously played every course in that area, it had a surprising amount of water to contend with! A very short course, measuring 2,099 feet over nine holes, you still needed to be careful not to go wading in the creek for your disc on several of the holes. I liked it! As I thought for the land the designer had to work with, they did an excellent job of adding a bit of variety and challenge wherever possible. I played the course well too…only missing deuces on Holes 2 and 6, to finish with a -7 (20) and an estimated round rating of 1008. I was glad I didn’t have a big arm on Hole 6 too, as I didn’t know until I got closer to the basket that a bit of a drop-off and water was waiting for you if you went past the basket.
After Boyceville, it was on to Eau Claire to check out a nine-hole course at Pine Meadows Golf Club. I struggled a lot more than I should have on that 2,640-foot course! I think because I had a group of two players in front of me for seven of the nine holes who were slowing me (WAY) down. Sometimes throwing two discs. Treating every putt and approach like a DGPT title depended upon it. 🙂 That’s okay! They can play however they want to play. But when I play S-L-O-W? I lose my mojo. As the more time I have to think about every shot? The worse I seem to perform. I didn’t embarrass myself, shooting a -2 (25) for an estimated round rating of 934. But I left at LEAST a couple of deuces out there that I should have had if I would have been on my game. And instead of correctly blaming my suspect putting game, my inconsistency on the tee, etc.? We’ll make excuses and blame it on slow play…hehe.
I then made the couple mile drive North to South Middle School in Eau Claire, to enjoy my third new course on the day. A police officer was sitting in the parking lot near the Hole 1 basket and Hole 2 tee, so I walked over to him to ask if it was okay where I parked (and to be playing the course today). He said it was absolutely fine…that he was just keeping an eye on things, to make sure people weren’t doing anything (on school property) that they aren’t supposed to do. So I went about my business. Though there was a car parked perilously close to the Hole 1 basket (probably inside Circle 1, past the basket), so I made ABSOLUTELY sure he wouldn’t be filling out a disc v. vehicle police report! 🙂 I shot an underwhelming -3 (24) for an estimated round rating of 938 on the 2,460-foot course. I should have shot at least a -5! But it was still a +1 on my courses played collection.
My final course played today was by far the best course I played: Ojibwa Golf Course. The staff in the clubhouse was SUPER friendly (and helped me not forget my glasses, 4-5 hours from home…sigh, the Absent-Minded Professor). They also seemed sincerely excited to have disc golfers using their property during the off-season for (ball) golf. And when I told the woman that they were course #1,899 for me? She wanted to talk for a while about some of the different places I have played over the years. Hoping that I would think that their course has a good/great design for players to enjoy.
I couldn’t see the Hole 1 basket from the tee, so I started my round confused. But when I found it? I thought it was an absolutely perfect “circle-1” they had set up on the edge of a hill. Run that basket long off the tee, and you could have a LONG uphill shot just to try and get up and save your par three! Hole 2 (shown above) was also a beautiful tee shot with just a hint of elevation change. Holes 3-10 weren’t quite as interesting as the first two, but Holes 11, 14 and 15 were a LOT of fun! Get a little too aggressive off the tee and “splash!” OB-wet. A great bit of risk/reward. I only managed to shoot a -2 (52) and an estimated round rating of 904. But I’m confident that if I played here again a few times, I could get my score down into the high 40s.
One thousand eight hundred and ninety-nine courses played. SOOOOO close to 1900! 🙂 But unless the weather takes a serious turn for the worse, and/or my health does the same? I should be able to get #1900 played either tomorrow (Monday) or Tuesday.
Magic Number = 101 (1,899 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.