It was the worst of drives, it was the best of drives

Tonight during glow league while playing in the wind and rain, something magic happened…

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Redbone Road Disc Golf Course

On the advice of James and Colin, Kelly and I played the Redbone Road disc golf course in Vicksburg, MS. This is a private course at someone’s house. It is very fun and very cool. The property has interesting elevation changes and the owner’s love of the game really shines. This is an awesome course. If you play disc golf for fun, you should play this course. It is very short, but challenging. If you play disc golf for reasons other than fun, you should probably get a life.

The course is a work in progress. The owner said he is updating to Innova baskets and that he has changed tee pads to accommodate his neighbor’s desires to not have discs hitting their houses. ┬áThe tee pads are natural, but are all very well done and grippy. You really do need to see what one person can do if they really want to.

Red bones decorate the welcome center of the Redbone Road DGC. The owner expects you to sign in, and it is interesting to see how many people from all over have played this course.

Red bones decorate the welcome center of the Redbone Road DGC. The owner expects you to sign in, and it is interesting to see how many people from all over have played this course.

Thanks for the tip James and Colin!

Thanks for the tip James and Colin!

Home made basket on hole #3. This basket type is on hole #1 and #9 also - catches fine!

Home made basket on hole #3. This basket type is on hole #1 and #9 also – catches fine!

The tee markers are simple, but effective. Don't let the short length fool you - this is a wicked dog leg to the right with the basket surrounded by ravines. I shot a bogey. 17 Feb 2014 Kelly Tindall photo

The tee markers are simple, but effective. Don’t let the short length fool you – this is a wicked dog leg to the right with the basket surrounded by ravines. I shot a bogey. The shorter blue tee is visible ahead. 17 Feb 2014 Kelly Tindall photo

The #7 basket is made of copper tubing - first time I have ever seen that! 17 Feb 2014 Kelly Tindall photo

The #7 basket is made of copper tubing – first time I have ever seen that! On this hole I bounced my drive off of a tree into the pond, but was able to get it with a stick. 17 Feb 2014 Kelly Tindall photo

The aquatic putters of the Lazarre High Water Disc Golf Course

The Ouachita River was high, so we (Kelly, James, Colin, and I) chose to play the Lazarre High Water course in West Monroe, Louisiana. The low water course is nice, but I really enjoy the high water course better anayway. Colin putted at the #3 basket and hit it, only to have his putter fall to the ground and roll into the dark waters of the Ouachita River. We were able to maneuver Colin’s disc near to the bank with a stick and I was able to grab it with my toes and make the retrieve! Later on, Colin returned the favor by finding the putter I threw into the river on my drive from the #8 tee box!

It grabs the putter between its toes. 16 Feb 2014 Kelly Tindall photo

It grabs the putter between its toes. 16 Feb 2014 Kelly Tindall photo

Making a run at the basket from the river after getting Colin's putter. 16 Feb 2014 Kelly Tindall photo

Making a run at the basket from the river after getting Colin’s putter. 16 Feb 2014 Kelly Tindall photo

TWO PUTTERS WENT SWIMMING AND BOTH CAME HOME!

Thank you Fade Gear

I bought a Fade Crunch Box back in July. It had seen a lot of use and the big main zipper was coming apart (I like to be able to fully close my bag when I am riding my bike to the course). Fade said they have a 1 year warranty, and they do. My bag was replaced. It is nice when a company does what they say they will do. I really like my Crunch Box – I am glad to have it back.

Zipper coming apart - fixed by Fade Gear.

Zipper coming apart – fixed by Fade Gear.

Arnold City Park, Arnold, MO

While traveling through Arnold, Missouri, I got to stop and play their city park disc golf course. It was a fun little nine-hole course located in the river bottoms. This course is very flat, the big trees are what made it the course interesting. I liked the bright orange DGA baskets.

This is the first tee. The sign is simple: the point, points toward the basket. No concrete involved in these tees, but they seemed functional. Note the nail to hang your bag on.

This is the first tee. The sign is simple: the point, points toward the basket. No concrete involved in these tees, but they seemed functional. Note the nail to hang your bag on.

The #1 basket is elevated.

The #1 basket is elevated.

Drive on #7.

Drive on #7.

Putting into #7. Kelly Tindall photo.

Putting into #7. Kelly Tindall photo.

Driving from the #8 tee box. Kelly Tindall photo.

Driving from the #8 tee box. Kelly Tindall photo.

Putting into the #8 basket.

Putting into the #8 basket. Kelly Tindall photo.

#9 Tee sign, distance is given, note the signing of the tee sign by people who have aced the hole - I did not sign any tee signs...

#9 Tee sign, distance is given, note the signing of the tee sign by people who have aced the hole – I did not sign any tee signs…

Welcome home!

After two weeks in the frozen north, it was good to get home and play on the Harrison Road Course. Of course it had to snow the night I got back and the tee pads were very icy. Still, I had a great drive on the first hole and got my par, followed by a great drive on #2 with a birdie – it looked like I was in for a good round. On hole #3 I threw an overhand shot which was passable and had a decent approach shot. My third shot hit the dreaded ‘Innova band’ at the top of the basket and rolled down to the #4 fairway. My fourth shot also hit the ‘Innova band’ but dropped onto the ground without rolling, I would get off #3 with a score of 5.

The view of the #3 basket from the #4 fairway. We have all seen this view and we all know it isn't pretty.

The view of the #3 basket from the #4 fairway. We have all seen this view and we all know it isn’t pretty.

I ran into Robert and we played together, which was fun. On #7 It took me three putts to get into the basket – double boogey. On #8 my drive kicked off into hell – it took four more shots to get out of hell – end result quadruple MEGA boogey. On #9 it just seemed more fun to 3 putt the hole (hitting chains each time) turning my certain birdie into a boogey. On #12 I managed to have a bad kick put my approach shot into the #13 fairway, but I came back pretty well and managed to just have a simple boogey on 12. After #12 Robert had to leave, so I was back on my own.

On #16 my drive didn’t anhyzer and managed to get through the trees and hit the ball diamond fence. I threw a big anhyzer out over the ball field that landed near the basket, but still took two putts to hole out for yet another boogey. On #17, my drive hyzered into the #14 fairway. I threw my next shot directly into the closest tree. My next shot put me well into the woods. My fourth shot on the hole was supposed to go where a bad approach shot ends up on the #13 fairway, but I threw it a bit hard and it ended up near the basket – I made the putt for a boogey. Hole #18 was pretty uneventful except that my putt hit a tree square on and rolled back to almost where I threw it from – ending this round with yet another boogey!

It is good to be home.