Today is the day after a major winter storm here in Des Moines, Iowa where I have been the past few days. With the storm over and 5 inches of fresh, fluffy snow being shaped into drifts by the wind, I was ready to play some disc golf. I prepared 4 discs for this excursion by duct taping a yard of ribbon to the central underside of the disc. I have heard that the ribbon can help you find your discs, but the tape and ribbon are not PDGA legal.
I headed out to the Lennox DGC because it is a fun course and close to where I am staying. It was 6 degrees Fahrenheit with a strong wind when I stepped up to the tee to throw my first drive into the wind with a ribbon outfitted, 174 gram groove, and it was understable (I have never had a groove behave understable)! Regis, the dog, normally could care less about discs, but the sound of the ribbon was very interesting to
Regis. I think the ribbon, while very festive, had a cost of distance on my throws. However, I was able to find my discs easily because of the ribbon. I think I would use it again.
It is interesting to play in the wind and snow. The drive on # 4 plays along the road and was with the wind. I am always terrified that an errant shot into a busy road will cause a 50-car pile up and several
deaths and as the emergency response people are extricating the injured from the wreckage I have to ask them exactly where my disc landed so I can play the correct lie… so I threw low and away from the road with an overstable fairway driver only to watch the wind hurl the disc down into the snow. With this in mind I threw my drive on #5 high across the wind TOWARD the road (after waiting for a gap in traffic) planning on the wind to push my drive toward the basket. Son-of-
a-gun! I got it right! I sure like it when good shots happen. Playing in the woods at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course, when you have a crazy idea about how to throw you should forget it. At Harrison Road crazy gets you into more trouble – play it safe. Full disclosure requires me to tell you that I still did not get the birdie. The wind pushed my put low and it hit the rim of the basket – ZERO birdies in 18 holes of disc golf here. But I really enjoy this windy, open course, the funky baskets, and the unaesthetic landscaping, Perhaps my favorite hole is #2, it is a downhill drive in small ‘U’ shaped drainage across the prevailing winds. The successful throw is fast and low on the side snow is accumulating and hoping that your disc has enough low speed fade to cross the drainage to the wind blasted side without gaining height- I expect that the wind would take your disc quite a distance if it got the chance. The drive seems simple enough, but I have yet to have a good one here – maybe next time I come I will be able to feel my fingers and it won’t be so windy…