Even in paradise, there are issues

In Cape Girardeau, MO there is a park called North County Park. This park has

Tee pad and sign for the #3 hole.

Tee pad and sign for the #3 hole.

playgrounds, a nature center, picnic areas, lakes, and a disc golf course. The course is still a work in progress, but it shows promise. The course has awesome bright orange, DGA mach V baskets that far exceed expectations and some of the most incredible tee pads and signage I have ever seen.

We were pushed for time and decided to play the “front 9” which

This is a tee sign! The trees, tee, basket locations are depicted accurately and the sign is pleasing to view.

This is a tee sign! The trees, tee, basket locations are depicted accurately and the sign is pleasing to view.

consists of holes 1-4 and 14-18. When we got to hole 14 a group of three were finishing 13 and we waited for them to finish and let them play through so we wouldn’t impede their game. As they approached the tee box one of the three said: “You’re not playing the whole course”. I jokingly responded: “That’s OK isn’t it? I mean, we aren’t in violation of any city ordinances are we?” Instead of engaging a sense of humor, this guy responded: “You don’t have to be a dick.” Rather than point out that we were letting them play through instead of making them wait for us or starting a fight over who was the biggest dick, we just waited and they threw their drives and went away. As they threw their drives each of them exited the tee box from the front knocking a retaining wall brick free of the the tee pad, the last of them stopped and placed the brick back where it was, but he didn’t take the basic care of pushing the dirt and rock back so the brick would rest firmly on brick rather than precariously on an uneven surface. So we made the repair and continued on with our game.

Cumulative disrespect caused this tee box failure.

Cumulative disrespect caused this tee box failure.

This course is normally immaculate – the park staff keep it super clean. We were on the course at the end of the 4th of July weekend and there was obvious disc golfer trash on the course: beer cans on the tee boxes and the like. It is too bad that even a course like this doesn’t get respect. When we got to the #14 basket it was dented. As over built as these DGA mach V’s are, that took some doing – but it may not have been disc golfers. The disrespect shown to the #18 tee box was really sad and the result of several disc golfers not caring about how they exited the tee box. It is too bad.

 

The first ace of 2014

13 May 2014, Milan Disc Golf Course, Milan, Tennessee

13 May 2014, Milan Disc Golf Course, Milan, Tennessee

If you throw discs often enough, this sort of thing happens – even to me. It doesn’t happen often enough that I can be cool about it, make some NFL-style victory dance, and same something profound like: “in chaos, there is order”. No, I had an involuntary spasm of joy and said something that reflected my intellect: “WHOOO!”

My last ace was at the 2013

That is my Vibram Trak. Ace!

That is my Vibram Trak. Ace!

Mayfield Ace Race: a very appropriate place. The next one????

Please share your ace stories – they make everyone’s day brighter!

Thanksgiving day at Barfield Crescent DGC

Barfield Crescent DGC is a great course in Murfreesboro, TN. Thanksgiving morning, I was lucky enough to play a few sunny, but frozen (18 degrees F), holes of disc golf there with James and Colin Tindall. We had fun skipping our approach shots off the frozen pond that normally guards the #3 basket. My drive on #4 landed near frost flowers – which was pretty awesome. Then Colin spanked a 30′ putt into the basket from atop some rocks on #5 with his MX-1 driver! The rest of our game was jolly fun – then we went home for cooking duties for the big feast, happier for some fun in the fresh air.

Colin putts this one down!

Colin putts this one down!

A frost flower! How cool is that??

A frost flower! How cool is that??

Woodsy Awesomeness Awaits…

On 24 October 2013 I had the opportunity to play Liberty Park in Franklin, TN, and must report this course is AWESOME! Imagine a short, technical, wooded course with every amenity you could desire:

Bag hanger and bench on hole #1

Bag hanger and bench on hole #1

Tee Pads? Check.   Signs? Check. Signs to guide to next tee? Check. Signs to make certain you reach the next tee? Check. Benches? Check. Trash cans? Check. Spiffy baskets? Check. Bag holders for while you drive? Check! Some fairways delineated with timbers? Check! Wood chipped fairways? Check! Interesting shots? Check! Multiple pin placements? Check! A

View from tee pad of hole #1

View from tee pad of hole #1

method to communicate where the pin is? Check! Awesome scorecards with maps on them? Check!!! Custom golf score pencils? Check!! Turkeys within 10′ of you while throwing your approach shot on #8? Check!! Craft beer on tap at every tee box? Well, not quite, but this was a great little course. The holes are short (which, lacking big guns, does not offend my arm) and there are only 10 holes – which is sad, because you do not want this course to end so soon.

The choice to play this course was made because I needed a quick fix before showing up at my Niece’s swim meet. I will play this course again – it is sweet. I believe that this is a great course to introduce beginners to the fine art of throwing discs into trees… so do not be afraid to bring children to experience the woodsy awesomeness of this course!

E. pluribus signage. That is 'Latin' for out of many signs, this is for hole #1.

E. pluribus signage. That is ‘Latin’ for out of many signs, this is for hole #1.

Now we all know there is always one, in every crowd… there was another disc golfer on the course while I was playing (ahh the solitude of a weekday round), and when we ran into each other he would complain about how poorly maintained the course was (not even saying ‘howdy’ first). He finally shut up when I said I thought this was the best maintained wooded course I had ever played and that I really wanted to go play wherever he was from because there must be some super awesome courses. He did not tell me where he was from and did not (but probably wanted to) tell me where to go.

Anyway, until we figure out where that guy was from, this is one of the nicest courses I know of and worth playing if you happen to be near Franklin, TN.

A fine and cozy course…

I you have ever wanted to play disc golf surrounded by log cabins, the Bloomfield City Park

Map of the Bloomfield 'front four'. Note the log cabin and basket colors.

Map of the Bloomfield ‘front four’. Note the log cabin and basket colors.

DIsc Golf Course is your course. This nine hole course is under 1900′, so there is no need for super distance drivers, except on the ~370′ hole #4. The course is broken into a front 4 and back 5 – which makes it seem even more ‘cozy’. The course has ‘homemade’ baskets which seem to catch pretty well. The baskets are painted different colors to make navigation

The Bloomfield 'back five' note the log cabin and covered bridge - these give the course a homey flavor - and the old homemade baskets are just like the pioneers used...

The Bloomfield ‘back five’ note the log cabin and covered bridge – these give the course a homey flavor – and the old homemade baskets are just like the pioneers used…

easier. The course is pretty well maintained, so you would have to be trying to lose a disc.The City of Bloomfield is nestled against Crowley’s Ridge, so elevation changes are in play on many holes. Hole #3 is a ~160′ wooded tunnel shot that has the steepest tee pad I have ever seen. The hole and tee pad might be at the same elevation, but there is a very steep hill between them, and the fairway is narrow and wooded.

This is a very fun course that is not

Par and distance info is part of the tee pads (which are small, but adequate).

Par and distance info is part of the tee pads (which are small, but adequate).

 

that far from Sikeston, MO, if you happen to be in the area I would suggest giving it a throw.

Home made baskets

Home made baskets

Sharp Springs Disc Golf Course – signature hole

The Sharp Springs Disc Golf Course is a really impressive place to play disc golf. The

Look at all the landscaping associated with the #1 pin - this is a sweet course!

Look at all the landscaping associated with the #1 pin – this is a sweet course!

course is well maintained, well signed, well designed, and major fun!  It has open holes, wooded holes, long holes, short holes, but the signature hole for this course has to be #9. You tee off from trees perched above a pond, drive across the pond to limestone outcroppings that embrace the pin. I have played holes that have made me laugh, that were sadistically difficult, or just had beautiful flight paths. Sharp Springs #9 is short, but it is beautiful and the disc flight, while straight, is beautiful as it spanks out of the trees into the open above the pond. A very fun hole to play and I believe the signature hole of the course.

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