I noticed in the past couple of days that a park that I had previously played disc golf at, Larson Park in Brookings, South Dakota, was showing that a new course had opened in 2020. UDisc didn’t make any mention of a new course there, while DGCourseReview.com said that there is indeed a new course at Larson Park to add to my collection.

The funny thing is that back on October 25, the exact same scenario presented itself at Delano High School in Delano, Minnesota. A newly-opened, redesigned nine-hole course, with eight of nine holes being brand new to the property. Only in that particular instance? UDisc listed the course in Delano as a new course that I haven’t played, while DGCourseReview.com said it was not.

So, you might be thinking right about now: “How the HECK do you determine how many courses you have actually played?!” GREAT question! 🙂 If you ask 100 course collectors to answer that question, you might unfortunately receive 100 slightly different answers. A fact that makes it tough/impossible for folks to come up with official numbers in that regard. But for me, the answer has always been simple:

“How many courses does DGCourseReview.com say I have played?”

As much as I wanted the course in Delano to be a new course in my courses played number on October 25? I was out of luck. I’m sure many other course collectors would count it as a new course played! But I have a strict “no asterisks” policy in my official course count. Though with the redesigned Larson Park being a new one to enjoy in DGCR today? I was happy to add a +1 to my number.

When is a New Course a New Course? - Tonn's Travels
View from the Hole 19 tee at Larson Park in Brookings, South Dakota.

My round at Larson Park this morning was just what the doctor ordered. After being absolutely exhausted after working three jobs for most of 2020, one of which was helping a candidate for Minnesota State House (who unfortunately lost her election), today was literally the first day in months where I woke up without 8-10 To Dos and 2-3 video calls on my calendar. So I decided to celebrate by seeing what the new course design had to offer.

My putting was shaky, true to form, though I hadn’t held a disc in my hand since October 25. But my play on the tee? Borderline surgical. Hyzers, anhyzers, S-Curves, running alleys/tunnels. Copyright: DGA ProLine Squall and DGA ProLine Undertow. I felt complete confidence on the tee. I shot a -9 over 20 holes for an estimated round rating of 995. And if I hadn’t missed another three ~25-30 foot putts? I would have made that course wave the white flag of surrender. Hehe.

So I got my +1 in my collection. Got some fresh air and exercise. Got away from 10+ months of stress, as well as last night’s disappointment (with the outcome of that election). Therapy. 🙂

Magic Number = 317 (1,683Courses 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

When is a New Course a New Course? - 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 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.