During the big Western disc golf round-up, I had the opportunity to play some interesting courses. This will likely be the final blog post from this trip, but I wanted to share some information on tee pads, baskets, and the like I encountered. I have shared previously about the tee pads big enough to hold the prom on at Lydle Gulch, the goose poop covered tee pads at Ann Morrison, and the lighting at Deer Run. Here are some others:
This is the course map for Hummingbird Beach in Checotah, OK. A course map is a nice way to welcome players and let them know what they are in for. Check out the paths they have designed – in reality it is harder than the map shows! Great course! (PS – remember Oklahoma is sort of famous for wind…)
I love homemade baskets. These baskets at Hummingbird Beach in Checotah, OK catch better than anything I have thrown at.
Sometimes it is better to have the basket on a tower of rocks… this was present on many courses, here on the course in Showlow, AZ.
BOINGGG!!! Tone pole in Showlow, AZ.
Emerald Park in Mesa, AZ has two sets of tee pads for nine baskets – you play one set clockwise and the other counter-clockwise. It is actually a fun arrangement, here is a shared tee pad from which you can throw at two different baskets.
Natural tee pads at Hualapai Mountain near Kingman, AZ were surprisingly grippy.
I think the concrete tee pads at Red Mountain in Mesa, AZ serve to protect the soil in a high traffic area.
View from the tee box at Paseo Trailhead in Henderson, NV. This course was really fun. I played at 11 at night and there were adults, children, and dogs all over the course (I guess folks go 24 hours in the Vegas area). All the lighting and general glow of all the buildings made my glow equipment much less effective. This drive suffers from the “it’s fun to drive over a walking path/ parking lot syndrome”. This course was just so strange, I would recommend that you play all six holes (if you can find them).
The course at Robert Stuart in Twin Falls, ID has the smallest concrete tee pads I have ever seen. Without any signs, you play a game of tee-pad-go-seek as they are a little shorter in height than the grass.
Gravel tee pads at Three Island Crossing State Park. These tee pads get points for being flush with the ground (ankle safe!), but are so unstable underfoot that teeing off next to the pad is the best option.