A golfer goes out for a round of golf, and comes back looking rather dapper. A disc golfer goes out for a round of disc golf (at least on a course in an eastern hardwood forest) and comes back with sticks in their hair, muddy, insect bitten, and bleeding from somewhere. It is part of the charm of our sport. DIsc golf is a scruffy, all conditions, egalitarian form of golf with disc sport ethics. Today I enjoyed the all conditions aspect of the game.
Today (6 Dec 2013) we are getting a big winter ice storm and I got out for a round on the Harrison Road Course before things really got bad. The tee pads were icy, which pretty much means your throws are arm intensive because you have no footwork option and cannot use your legs for power. I had planned for this and had primarily understable discs in my bag. The wind made me wish I had left a
couple overstable drivers in the bag because they would have come in handy. The chains were frozen stiff on a couple of baskets, which could have rejected my putts (but did not). The chains on all baskets were silent, the ice had damped the chi-ching sound that rewards your accurate putt. Everything had a layer of frozen rain, it was most noticeable when a disc hit deep leaves – it broke through the ice and penetrated into the leaves. Watch your discs!
Overall, it was a jolly outing outing from which I came back looking as dapper as usual but instead of insect bites I had ice forming on my coat, hat, and beard.