I was able to complete my last item on my punch list for work a couple hours early this afternoon, so I decided to play three of the remaining courses in the greater Knoxville area that I had yet to play.
My first course on the afternoon was Central United Methodist Church in Lenoir City. This course kind of snuck up on me for how tough it was…as I had gone into my drive to the course thinking that a church course would probably be a yawner (short, easy). I was wrong. I managed to shoot under par in the wind (-1, 28). But this 3,272-foot nine-hole course was TOUGH! I felt lucky to escape with an estimated round rating of 936.
After Central United Methodist, it was time to check and see how the tee signs I had designed for Two Rivers Church in Lenoir City are holding up! 🙂 The tee signs are looking great! I just wish I could have said the same thing for the course design. Safety issues abound on this course. Ample opportunity to have discs causing damage to property or people. And in the wind? A few of those tee shots were scary…throwing drivers at buildings, over parking lots, etc. I decided to play it VERY cautious, not risking having their tee sign designer need to find someone to report a broken window or ??? 🙁 My score reflected that caution, coming in at a -2 (26), for an underwhelming 880 estimated ratng.
I had a lot more fun at my final course on the day: Admiral Farragut Park in Knoxville. One of the “grand-daddies of Tennessee,” installed in 1996, the course had a lot of charm and character. I finished strong at that course in the wind, carding a -4 (23) and an estimated round rating of 1007.
Time for sleep, so I can start the 1,100+ mile march back to Minnesota tomorrow.
Magic Number = 429 (1,571 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.