Today I had the pleasure of playing my new favorite course in Western North Carolina: Richmond Hill. My EXACT type of favorite course to play, with tons of trees, elevation changes, and narrow lines off the tee one must hit in order to have any chance at making your deuce or par.
I was playing in the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida, so the course was wet and muddy. *I* was wet and muddy! 🙂 But I was in heaven. Basically the course is what I would say is the urban equivalent of Wildcat Bluff in Urbana, Iowa. One of my favorite ~70-80 courses I have played over the years. And apart from a bad kick off a tree, DEEP into the jungle at the bottom of a valley/revine on one of the holes (I cannot remember which), where I nearly lost one of my ProLine Undertows? I played the course very well. Shooting a solid -3 (54) and an estimated round rating of 989.
Two holes, in particular, stand out in my mind as holes where I either did VERY good, got VERY lucky, or some combination of the two. On Hole 9, shown above, I managed to just miss 4-5 trees with my ProLine Squall, landing my tee shot about 3-4 feet left of the basket on this 267-foot hole. Then on Hole 15, I was able to weave in and out of several trees to put my ProLine Undertow about 8-9 feet right of the basket on that 326-foot hole. It was a good thing I was alone on the course, as I think I let out a bit of a yell that might have given Howard Dean a run for his money, circa 2004. Particularly with terrible footing, and in the rain. 🙂
One thing that was interesting, as I made my way to/from the course, was dozens (hundreds?) of neighbors with “Save Richmond Hill” signs in their yards. I wonder if the City is considering selling and/or developing at least a portion of that park (edited to add: more information can be found here)? From a disc golf perspective, that would be a tremendous shame…as that course is an absolute jewel in the Asheville area. But if the course does fall by the wayside in the years to come, I’m glad I got to play it before it disappeared.
Time to dry out, and see if I can get my shoes dry before tomorrow! But I will sleep with a big smile on my face tonight, as Richmond Hill was quite the treat to play and enjoy.
Magic Number = 179 (1,821 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.