Collecting courses this Summer has been a challenge, due to my continued driving restrictions post-epilepsy diagnosis. But I was very lucky this week, as some business travel for work brought me out to the Monterey Peninsula in California. And as if spending time on the peninsula isn’t lucky enough (I LOVE it there)? That also meant having the opportunity to sneak down to Carmel to check out the tee signs I had designed for a small retail shopping area called The Barnyard.
The Barnyard Shopping Village has several shops right along “the 1” (I’ve gotta say it like a Californian would say it…right?!), as well as Carmel Craft Brewing Company. And they’ve recently installed a short four-hole course between their shops and the highway, with the brewery running weekly putting leagues out there. And since I was within twenty minutes of the course, and since one of DGA’s staff, Kelly Greenhoe, lives in Monterey? We made sure I got down to check out those new tee signs and add one more course to my course collection.
For those of you who don’t know Kelly, he is the absolute best! He helps with a variety of sales activities around DGA, plus also manages the stable of sponsored competitive players and DGA ambassadors. Kelly is also automatically “good people,” having come to Monterey from Minnesota a few years ago. You betcha! 🙂 I wish I could escape the snow too, KG, I really do!
After chatting up staff at the brewery for a bit and playing a quick round (I think KG and I both deuced every hole out there on the very short course), we headed for Big Sur and McWay Falls before enjoying a delicious dinner at Sur Burger back in Monterey. Thanks for being my “Uber driver” and getting me to and from the Falls and my lodging accommodations for the week, KG! I really do appreciate it. As well as the conversation and bit of time out on the course.
Magic Number = 484 (1,516 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.