Before I got to jump into four hours of meetings and interviews this afternoon, I wanted to make sure I got to play two additional courses (with baskets) in the Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston area of Oregon. An area affectionately referred to as “Oregon’s Adventure Coast.” If you love the outdoors, there is almost an endless amount of activities to enjoy in the region! Hiking and beaches. Lighthouses and sand dunes. Crabbing, clamming, fishing and bird watching. If you are bored here? You’re not trying very hard. 🙂 That said? The one thing they don’t really effectively market to tourists and potential residents are 27 (or 45, depending upon how you count) holes of disc golf right in the communities, along with an eighteen-hole object course out in the dunes. Beautiful wooded holes of disc golf with a fair amount of elevation change, along with a few open holes to try and run your aces.

But anyway, tourism commercial for Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston aside (ha!)? I had fun tackling what locals refer to as two eighteen-hole courses this morning…even though considers them both as nine-holers (nine baskets, eighteen tee locations).

Two More Courses on "Oregon's Adventure Coast" - Tonn's Travels
View from the Hole 4 tee at Winsor Park in North Bend, Oregon.

My first stop on the morning was at Winsor Park in North Bend. As I walked up to the Hole 1 tee, I came VERY close to getting TKO-ed by an errant drive from the Hole 2 (or 11?) tee. 🙂 Just bad luck and/or a grip lock. But I was glad it happened, as I ended up having a long conversation with the player who threw it. A SUPER nice man! I told him why I was in town and about my course collecting adventures, and he was very friendly. We must have talked with one another for at least 10-15 minutes. I played the course pretty well! I shot a -3 (24) over the “front nine,” and a -5 (22) over the “back nine.” For estimated round ratings of 942 and 1035.

Two More Courses on "Oregon's Adventure Coast" - Tonn's Travels
View from the Hole 5 tee at Mingus Park in Coos Bay, Oregon.

After finishing up at Winsor Park, I made my way over to what Rik the Innkeeper (at the Itty Bitty Inn) says is the best course in the communities: Mingus Park. And I must say that I agree with Rik. Mingus Park is a LOT of fun. Heavily wooded, with elevation changes. I ALMOST aced Hole 3 too. So close, but close doesn’t count (and I needed to settle for my deuce). I shot a -4 (23) on the “front nine,” and a -8 (19) on the “back nine,” for estimated round ratings of 930 and 1052.

Magic Number = 77 (1,923 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.

About Derek

Two More Courses on "Oregon's Adventure Coast" - Tonn's Travels

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.