March Madness

March 1st I was birdie bashing in shorts, but March 3rd is a different day…

Johnny, Whitney, Robert, and I teamed up for a little doubles action on the Harrison Road course today:

Why is there a car parked near the #2 basket?

Why is there a car parked near the #2 basket?

Johnny about to uncork a bad drive on #3

Johnny about to uncork a bad drive on #3

Whitney makes a great approach shot on #4

Whitney makes a great approach shot on #4

My drive on #6 was close, but no cigar

My drive on #6 was close, but no cigar

Johnny threw into the creek every chance he got

Johnny threw into the creek every chance he got

Overall, it was a fun disc golf outing – the weather just made it better!

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!

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.

Story City’s Eagle Disc Golf Course

In Story County, Iowa, in Story City there is a park and in this park there is a disc golf STory-Citycourse, the Eagle Disc Golf Course. This is a short, 9-hole course with many par 4’s and 1 par 5 – you can shoot many eagles here, unless you call it the par 3 it is. Interestingly, there is another Eagle Disc Golf Course in nearby Dallas Center, IA.

A recent snowfall has put a half inch of fluffy snow on top of the ice that was present before. The fluffy snow is really excellent at hiding your disc

Preparing to throw my drive from the #1 tee box

Preparing to throw my drive from the #1 tee box

and the ice. The hidden discs simply require extra time searching and paying CLOSE attention to where your disc lands. The hidden ice simply requires making snow angels when you lose your footing on the #9 tee pad.

On hole #7 you have to drive across the Skunk River. This normally treacherous 30-foot manditory throw right from from the tee box is currently FROZEN SOLID, so if you manage to avoid story_city_waterfalling on your butt from the icy tee pad you can safely drive towards that EAGLE on a 213′ par 4.

I actually enjoyed this course. It had some fun shots and was easy to get to from I-35. Even though the stated par is very high it still feels pretty good to shoot -9 on a 9 hole course in 10 degree Fahrenheit weather on snow covered ice.

Disc golf fitness

It is now late January, 2014. Everybody is going full-steam on their New Year’s resolutions. I have a couple friends who are lifting weights and/or running and the results of their strength is beginning to show on the disc golf course. SO, today I did a push up. Maybe tomorrow I will do two push ups. I do not enjoy weightlifting. I would rather play disc golf. I probably won’t find time for my push ups tomorrow…

But are my friends good results from increased strength? I don’t think so. A good drive can be very helpful to your game, but it doesn’t normally put a disc in the basket. When it comes to drives, longer isn’t always better. If you are playing a course with 600 foot par 3’s, you may need the long drive, but most holes around here are from 210 to 325 foot. I don’t need more power, I need more accuracy. A 500 foot drive won’t help me if it is 500 feet in the wrong direction.

With regard to running, I just have to laugh. Disc golf is a wonderful activity. It is exercise, just like bowling. Like bowling, disc golf can be played while drinking beer. I do not think that marathon level fitness is going to make my disc golf game better.

If there was one thing I could power up it would be my brain. I threw three shots today that would have been different if I was concentrating. Sometimes drinking beer helps this aspect of my game, sometimes… not so much. All in all, this game (and it is a game) is about having fun. Grow big muscles, run a marathon, get smarter, but do not use disc golf as an excuse for these activities. Have fun doing these things, but when you are ready to have fun and play some disc golf, give me a call. I probably won’t be much better, but I will still be having fun.

A beautiful course on Wasatch Front in Utah, yes it was fun!

A beautiful course on Wasatch Front in Utah, yes it was fun!

Ice Storm – day 3

I could have titled this posting: “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, but then again maybe “Slip Slidin’ Away” is more appropriate…

Last night we got a little more ice last night and today (8 Dec 2013) it warmed up to a balmy 32 degrees F – excellent disc golf weather. The tee pads are so icy that you can’t even begin to move your feet on most of them. The ice coating the ground does give you some excellent skips and slides – I had a shot on #3 slide all the way down the hill – twice – which allowed my to turn a par into a triple bogie. On the number 11 tee pad I slipped and hit a tree next to the pad (I didn’t know that was even possible). I shot a +16 for 18 holes! It is a good thing I was out for fresh air and exercise…

Ice has weighed down the branches on the pine trees...

Ice has weighed down the branches on the pine trees…

The ultra-treacherous #11 tee pad at least gives one hope the ice isn't permanent.

The ultra-treacherous #11 tee pad at least gives one hope the ice isn’t permanent.

A  great approach shot leaves me with an easy drop-in bogie!

A great approach shot leaves me with an easy drop-in bogie!