Yesterday wore me down at work even more than the day before, so I needed an evening to relax and recharge my body (darned arms, legs and back…ha!). But today went a little better on the work front, so with good weather, I decided that this evening would be the time that I played the one course I absolutely needed to play before I left the area: Tommy Schumpert Park in Knoxville. I have heard so many good things about the course, but I haven’t been able to stop and play it on 4-5 previous trips through the area. So today was FINALLY going to be the day.

Tommy Schumpert Park - Tonn's Travels
View from the Course Map and Welcome Sign at Tommy Schumpert Park in Knoxville, Tennessee,

The course absolutely lived up to its reputation, as I must say that it has been my favorite course on this trip so far. Potentially my favorite course played in Tennessee! Mostly wooded, with quite a bit of elevation change. It really was a lot of fun. And what made the experience that much more enjoyable for me is that I played the course extremely well, shooting a -6 (51) for an estimated round rating of 1024. I think I made one mistake in the entire round, and I was able to erase that mistake with an excellent next shot. Disc golf is one heck of a lot more fun and easier when you can virtually play mistake-free golf!

After being on Cloud Nine after FINALLY playing a course I have wanted to play for years, and playing it well, I decided to sneak one more course in before heading back to Oak Ridge for a late dinner: Inskip Park Junior DGC. A fun little course designed for kids and beginners, it was a nice way to ease into my evening. It’s a course any good player should shoot a -9 (18) on. I walked back to the car with a -7 (20). Not great (estimated round rating of 931), but I didn’t care. I had played Tommy Schumpert…woo hoo!

Magic Number = 432 (1,568 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

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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.