One of the great things about housesitting is being able to enjoy other people’s kitchens, laundry rooms, and pets. Not having 3-4 people sharing a single hotel room and bathroom! But having space to spread out, with each person being able to have their own bedroom and, in some cases, bathroom. It is a very comfortable, luxurious way to travel! At least until the time comes to start cleaning the spaces you’ve used…to leave things at least as clean as you found them. That said? Housesitting is the best! And as a course collector? It is the only way I could ever afford to play as many courses in as many different places as I have. If you’re interested in seeing if housesitting is for you? Use the following link to save 25% on your first year’s membership costs:

Shameless promotion of TrustedHousesitters aside? 🙂 We are looking forward to spending the next two weeks in a very comfortable home, with Annie the dog and Greta the cat. And I have already bonded with both…as they politely fight over who gets to sit directly next to me while I am working on my laptop. Vying for position and who will receive more petting as I take a bit of a break from typing on my keyboard.

The man who used to live in the home (our homeowner has been a widow for approximately five months) helped create the PGA Senior Tour. And the bedroom I am sleeping in is where family friend and hall of fame golfer Sam Snead would sleep when he came to visit. As a former golfer (I tease that I could afford golf until I got married and had kids, then I had to switch over to disc golf), the inner nerd in me really loves knowing that. Though it’s just a room/bed. It’s not like I ever met the man.

Settling In - Tonn's Travels
View from the Hole 1 tee at Apex Nature Park in Apex, North Carolina.

After settling in a bit more at our home this morning, getting a little more tee sign design work done, and then making sure Annie and Greta know I love BOTH of them equally? 🙂 It was off to Apex, North Carolina to play a quick round of eighteen holes at Apex Nature Park.

I liked that course, a lot! My style of play, with lots of technical shots in the trees, fits that course to a T! It was a bit longer than I expected, at 5,840 feet in length. But I played one of my better rounds on this trip, managing a -5 (52) off the Blue/Long tees, for an estimated round rating of 1029. I don’t think it was anywhere close to a 1029-rated round…as‘s estimator can sometimes be a little overly harsh or (in this case) generous on its estimates! But it was a rock-solid round, which made me feel good.

Apex was my 28th new course played on this trip so far! I hope I can get at least fifty new courses played before we make it back home. We’ll see…

Magic Number = 160 (1,840 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

Settling In - 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.