High desert disc golfing

One of the things I enjoy about disc golf is that the game is often played in some very beautiful places. I simply love courses that celebrate native and natural vegetation. The Martin, TN home course is in an eastern hardwood forest remnant and the course derives its charm from trees that define our shots. I recently (18 Nov 2013) had the opportunity to play the Rock Springs DGC in Rock Springs, Wyoming, a course that celebrates a very challenging landscape: Wyoming high desert.

This course may not look like much, but a ton of thought, care, and dollars went into this course. From my experience doing restoration work in the gas fields surrounding Rock Springs, I know how fragile this landscape is. For this course to look as undisturbed as it does shows the great skill and gentle hands that installed the baskets, tee pads, and signage. The course looks like it has always been there – even though the course was only built in 2009.

The golf is fun. The main challenge is from the wind, but elevation is nicely used. The property is small and can only hold nine holes, but I don’t think that the course is cramped. When I was there, the antelope were absent – but their poo was fairly abundant. Again based on my experiences working in this part of the world, if you played quietly you would be able to share a round with antelope on the course. I would not travel to Rock Springs just to play this course, but if I find myself driving on I-80 through Rock Springs, I will definitely stop and throw this course again. It is a nice break: throwing discs with desert plants, desert rocks, desert sun, and that cleansing desert wind.

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