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.
Yesterday, during the epic Martin Disc Golf Club bag tag Saturday challenge round, I found lots of garbage. I was picking up candy wrappers, pop bottles, beer cans, and the like because I like to see the Harrison Road Disc Golf Course look nice, not necessarily because it improves my tag standing.
Bill commented that what we needed was more trash cans out on the course. My response is that we had too many already, what needs to happen is that people care. There is a great big ol’ dumpster in the parking lot at Harrison Road that can hold a lot of garbage and should suffice for playing the entire course. At Harrison Road you play two nine-hole loops, this means you need only carry your garbage for nine holes tops. The fact that there are garbage cans on every third hole makes the golf related litter almost inexcusable. You manage to carry your golf discs the entire round, you can probably manage to pack out whatever you have packed in. Your cigarette butts, chew cans, beer bottles, lighters, pop cans, and the like do not enhance the experiences of other course users – please try to make our course a better place.
Picking up garbage on the home course is one thing I can do to help make the course a nicer place. Sometimes it seems hopeless, but I also don’t like seeing the fast food containers on the course. On a grand scale, littering is a minimal issue. Throwing something away, doesn’t mean it goes away. Whether the beer bottle is on the side of the 7th fairway, or in a landfill, it still exists. The better solution is to reuse or recycle or simply avoid disposable packaging to begin with. However, every good thing starts with baby steps. The baby step I am asking for is that people not just throw their garbage down on the ground and take some pride in the Harrison Road Disc Golf Course.
Rant has ended.
Justin, Alex, and I were playing a little disc golf at Harrison Road on a beautiful fall
afternoon, when three people from Korea came hiking down the fairway of hole #7 as we were finishing the hole. We exchanged greetings and they asked some questions about disc golf, which we answered with: “wanna try?” Justin showed both ladies how to putt and they did pretty good. Alex retrieved errant discs. The gentleman they were with and I just took pictures. It was a fun moment on a gorgeous day. I am glad to play with folks who take their fun seriously, but not so serious that they are unwilling to have other fun(s). You just never know what each day will bring.
The starting up of the Martin Disc Golf Club’s first glow league is causing great excitement throughout the world: jihadists in Syria are putting their weapons down and looking for their UV lights, Angela Merckel is practicing her putting, and Miley Cyrus is packing that glow champion valkyrie she got from her last tournament in her golf bag. As such I thought I might provide a list of ‘must haves’ that may make your glow disc golf experience better.
- Darkness – I simply cannot overstate the importance of this for glow golf. The darker the better. Simply blindfolding yourself will not provide ample darkness. A dark, quiet, moonless night is the first ingredient in a magical round of disc golf.
- Safety – I thought about ‘safety first’, but hopefully at number 2 you all get the idea: it is paramount to survive each and every round of disc golf you play. Save the stupid off balance shots from precarious perches for the daytime. Take a meter from your lie for safety, heck – take two ‘safety meters’! Bring safety glasses, without them you WILL get poked in the eye at some point. It is about fun – and getting hurt is not fun.
- Glow or light up discs – these are just so much easier to find in the dark. Please don’t throw your Niels Bohr autographed MVP Ion into the night – we are there to play, not look for discs…
- LED UV flashlight – if you are throwing glow plastic, you will find the performance of these lights are superior to normal flashlights for charging up your glow discs.
- A normal flashlight – carrying a normal flashlight (mine is an LED headlamp) allows you to have full light when you need it. I also use mine for lighting up the basket when it is time to begin the short game. You just turn on your light and set it on top of the chain holders aimed at the ground – viola! – full light for the basket and your night vision remains intact.
- A good attitude – you will throw a really bad shot (or 20!). If you want to play your best game ever, wait until daytime. Remember, while it can be magical to play at night, a general rule is the best type of day to play disc golf isn’t a night. If you are going to be pissy about playing poorly, i will suggest that you play during the day (and by yourself).
- Grippy shoes – nighttime disc golfers do not take a big run up into their shots. Usually you will not light up your lie with a flashlight because you will want to preserve your night vision (and the night vision of others in your party). So between the unknown nature of the area around your lie and the fresh night dew – it is a good idea to have footwear that enhances your ability to stay upright.
- Appropriate clothing – wear clothes you will be comfortable and warm in. Dress in layers so you can adjust to changes in temperature.
- Uniquely marked discs – many of us are throwing Lightning glow plastic and many discs will look similar. Mark your discs so that we can tell them apart.
- The correct form – at night you may find you benefit from more finesse and less power in your game. This will be due to lack of a run up, darkness, cold hands, wet discs, etc.
- Streamlined golf kit – the more crap you bring out onto the disc golf course, the more likely you are to put something down and then not be able to find it in the dark. If it is really valuable to you, leave it at home or in your car. I typically bring 4 discs out to play glow golf (2 fairway drivers, an approach disc, and a putter) – I find it difficult to chose a certain disc from out a bag filled with glow discs (they all look alike).
I hope this ‘Top Ten’ list helps you to have fun – see you on Thursday, 7 November, 2013 @ 6:00 pm @ Harrison Road!