Being an “inlander” again has me feeling a little sad, as I absolutely LOVE life out along the Pacific Ocean. 🙁 That said? I was able to “make a little lemonade” today, after needing to grab a hotel near Minneapolis last night in order to attend an evening meeting. After getting up and enjoying a leisurely breakfast at my hotel, I was able to add Riverfront Regional Park to my Courses Played collection. The closest course to home (98 miles from my front door) that I had yet to play.
I’ve heard very positive reviews about this course since it opened, so I was excited to check it out! And I would agree with those positive reviews, for the most part, as the course was well-designed. With a lot of course amenities and “the little things” being given ample attention, in effort to improve overall player experience.
I really enjoyed playing this 13-hole course, and managed a -4 (36) off the Blue/Long tees. The only head-scratcher, to me, was the tee surfaces. I had beautiful weather to enjoy this morning, and all the tee surfaces were completely dry! Yet I found myself frequently slipping when planting my front foot on my X-step while throwing off the tee surfaces. And as most players out there will agree with, once you start to doubt your footing on the tee? Problems with one’s form tend to follow. I probably should have shot at LEAST a -6 or -7 on that course, for my playing ability! But I ended up short-arming a number of tee shots, trying to protect myself from injury via a full, typical X-step and follow-through on the tee surfaces.
Other than slick tees? I really was impressed with the course! A fun round, with lots of deuce runs, a few ace runs, and enough “teeth” if you miss your lines off the tees to keep you honest. I just had visions of winding up flat on my back on a few of those tee surfaces after a bit of rain. Or if there was sand/dust on the tee surfaces. Or ESPECIALLY in the Winter.
Magic Number = 483 (1,517 Courses Played)
About Tonn’s Travels
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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 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.