After yesterday’s awesomeness at Richmond Hill, pretty much anything I played today was going to be a bit of a letdown. That said, after a lot of driving and hassle, to only manage to play a total of eight holes, resulted in a guest appearance from no one other than Mr. Buzz Killington in my life. Rubbing my eyes near the top of my nose, while letting out some combination of a sigh and a groan.

Oh, don’t get me wrong! An underwhelming day on the disc golf course is still better than a fantastic day on the computer! 🙂 But today felt a little too much like a grind while “bagging courses,” compared to touring some of the best that Western North Carolina has to offer.

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View from the Hole 4 tee at the University of North Carolina – Asheville in Asheville, North Carolina.

My first stop on the day was at the University of North Carolina – Asheville. It took a long time to get there with traffic, and then when I arrived on campus, trying to determine where I could legally park was more like solving a Rubik’s Cube. I should have known better, as Fall Term had started at the institution, and parking was scarce! But after driving around for what must have been 15-20 minutes, looking for anything that looked remotely close to visitor parking, I FINALLY discovered one space that seemed to be legal for me to park in.

After getting out of our van, I noticed some signs that made me wonder if the space was indeed open to visitors without a parking permit. And right about that time, a campus security officer came driving by. So not wanting to do anything that could get me into trouble? I waved him down, said “I’m not from around here” (in my best Midwestern, “Aw Shucks” huckleberry voice), and asked if it was okay to park there without a permit. He said no…but if I would follow him, he would get me to an office that could issue a temporary parking permit.

So I followed him up to the campus security office, and talked with the person he said to speak with. She proceeded to direct me to a computer terminal, where I must have spent 10+ minutes filling out every bit of information about myself except my favorite pizza toppings and high school crushes (ha), and then after 5-10 minutes more? I had myself a legal permit to park on campus!

So after literally about ninety minutes to get from our housesit to the Hole 1 tee, I discovered that Hole 1, on this tiny six-hole college course, no longer existed. “Buzz Killington…paging Buzz Killington?!” But I tried to remind myself that my course collector rating would still go up by +1 after all the hassle of visiting campus, so I proceeded to play the remaining five holes. Though I played the course poorly, to the tune of only a -2 (13), and an estimated round rating probably well below 900.

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View from the tee area of the third practice hole at Bent Creek Community Park in Asheville, North Carolina.

After that less-than-pleasant experience, despite the best efforts of that nice campus safety officer and his colleagues, I decided to check out a small three-hole course that was actually the closest area with disc golf to our housesitting location: Bent Creek Community Park. It wasn’t much of a course, with no clearly defined tee areas, not the best baskets, etc. You wouldn’t even know there was disc golf in that park without UDisc! But it was still a chance to air out three drives and try and make three putts. So it beats staring at a computer screen all afternoon.

An underwhelming day on the disc golf front. But hey? The sun was shining, I had my health, and we’ll check those “To Play” boxes and move forward.

Magic Number = 177 (1,823 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

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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’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.