As our time in Fearrington Village is nearing a close (as a part of our third housesit in North Carolina), and after using UDisc to try and evaluate my options for unplayed courses, I thought I would try and sneak in two more eighteen-hole courses in the greater region before we head back over to Asheville, North Carolina for a previously-unscheduled fourth housesit for the family that we enjoyed housesitting for at the beginning of this trip.
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To get those two new courses played, I needed to head about 45-50 minutes Northwest of our location, near the city of Burlington, North Carolina. It was a chance to see more of rural North Carolina, which helped me get a better feel for what life is like in the state. The first course I played was Cedarock Park.
Cedarock Park was an interesting course to try and navigate. I got lost over the back nine holes of the course, needing to eventually circle back to play 2-3 of the holes after I had already played some of the holes that come after them. There were lots of long open shots, plus just enough trees over 6,023 feet to keep you honest in your technical skill. I didn’t play the course well, only managing a -2 (56) and an estimated round rating of 901.
My second course in Burlington was Wellspring. About the polar opposite of Cedarock, Wellspring only measures 4,504 feet over eighteen holes. 720 feet of which come on the one open hole on the course, Hole 17 (if that gives you a better sense of how short most of the holes are on the course). I played Wellspring MUCH better, shooting a -11 (44), for a estimated round rating of 1049. Not NEARLY a 1049-rated round in reality! 🙂 But I did play those technical holes in the trees very, very well.
Those will probably be the last courses I am able to play while we’re staying in Fearrington Village. What a FANTASTIC experience! All the people I was able to share the fairways with, who made my experience in the greater Raleigh-Durham area very enjoyable. I would like to specifically thank Eric Vandenberg, who spent a lot of time showing me the ropes in the area, playing 130 holes of disc golf with me over the past several days. My time here wouldn’t have been a fraction as fun without you, Eric! Thanks for all your time and conversation.
Magic Number = 145 (1,855 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’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.