Whew! Today was a day. I knew when I decided to stay in Eau Claire last night that if my health and the weather cooperated, I had a chance to knock-out several new courses played in the area. But I never expected to get six more new courses played in Eau Claire, along with another new course played in Menomonie.
My morning started at Delong Middle School, an eighteen-hole course that was more than a bit of a challenge to navigate. With limited tee signage, and a map in UDisc that made me question the safety of the tee locations being reported, I mostly ended up playing basket to basket (when the location of the tees was not obvious). My score in DGCourseReview looks ridiculously awesome as a result! But playing the course according to the map in UDisc looks like several safety hazards in the making.
After Delong, it was on to playing a quick round at St. James Church before more folks arrived for morning worship services. I managed a -8 (19) on the course, only screwing up the perfect round (18) via missing my deuce putt on Hole 6. And after “worshipping” at St. James Church (#frisbetarian), it was on to Mt. Simon Park for another quick nine holes. I struggled a bit at Mt. Simon, shooting an even par 27 (932 estimated rating). I left at least two deuces out on that course, however. So I left feeling a bit frustrated.
That bit of frustration was quickly replaced with happiness/joy, getting the chance to play one of the more quirky, unique courses I have played in a long time: Buckrub DGC. The private course is only available for either members of the Chippewa Valley Disc Golf Organization or players who have an active PDGA membership. I called the owner of the property, to make sure I was welcome, then proceeded to play a mixture of long and short tees.
There are lots of interesting holes on the course, but the star of the show is the spiral staircase leading up to the Hole 8 basket. 🙂 For a private, backyard course? The owner has spent some serious dollars on everything from baskets to tee pads. And he also has some new and improved tee signs coming in the near future! The course is an obvious labor of love.
After Buckrub, it was off to Northstar Middle School DGC. I liked this course! It’s a little rough around the edges, and Hole 9 didn’t impress me at all. But the rest of the course was fun, and I liked how there was a lot of variety from hole to hole. I struggled a bit, limping my way to a -2 (25), but an estimated round rating of 937 is nothing to feel ashamed of.
After Northstar, it was on to check out my last course of the trip in Eau Claire: the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. It was tough to find, then it actually took more time to find all of the holes! The course is broken into three pieces: Holes 1-4, Holes 5-6. and Holes 7-9. It didn’t help that I couldn’t locate the Hole 7 basket or Hole 9 tee. But it counts as a course played, which was my main goal for the visit.
My last course of the day (of my quick disc golfing weekend) was Phelan Park in Menonomie. I didn’t know much about the course before I arrived, but Holes 6 and 9 were the stars of the show, in my opinion. Two tee shots over a pond (off the long tees) that’ll make your knees wobble just a bit. 🙂 I wasn’t going home missing a disc or two from my bag, so I put a little EXTRA mustard on each shot. It’s a good thing I did too, as even with a little more power off the tee, my shots in the wind each only made dry land by about 10-15 feet apiece.
So that’s a wrap on a quick, fun disc golf weekend in Wisconsin! Sixteen courses in 48 hours. Hear me roar. Meow?! 😛 But in the course collecting sense? I left it all out on the field. Feels good.
Magic Number = 331 (1,669 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 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.