Today took a little longer to get on the road than I had hoped, so I hardly got any disc golf played before calling it a night in Clarksville, Tennessee. That said, I did manage to sneak-in two nine-hole courses on the day.
My first course was Sarah Moore Greene DGC in Knoxville, Tennessee. Very short, and adjacent to a school. When we arrived at the park, we saw a man out metal detecting by the Hole 8 basket. So I teased my mom that I would also be “hunting for metal” on my round…seeing what I could do about getting an ace on this trip!
I managed to hit metal on the VERY short 108-foot Hole 2, but it never had a chance of going in. But on Hole 6, a 226-foot shot around a tree, I heard that sweet, sweet sound: “CHING!” Heavy, heavy metal. So, thinking I could proclaim myself to be “Nostradiscus” by calling my ace shot before I left the car, I excitedly ran around the tree to find my disc laying on the ground. Two or three feet from the pole. The chains couldn’t hold my Squall off the tee…so I had to settle for the deuce. Nine deuces on the round, on the (only) 1,400-foot course.
My second and final round on the day was at Mundy Park in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Another short nine-holer, measuring in at only 1,743 feet. And also a course that was confusing to play, as it took a while to figure out that Hole 2 was actually now Hole 1. With a ninth hole being added after Hole 8. I had to approximate tee locations for Holes 7, 8 and 9. But instead of being frustrated by the outdated/missing signage and the lack of three clearly marked tee areas, I decided to enjoy adding a “+1” to my course collection in Tennessee.
I am excited for tomorrow, as if the weather cooperates? I should be able to play a few H.B. Clark designs. H.B. is a world-famous course designer, who has designed numerous courses throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. And I think I should be able to visit as many as three of his designs if the planets align…
Magic Number = 534 (1,466 Courses Played)
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A main purpose of this blog will be to share information, helpful tips and tricks (everything from health and fitness to methods for saving money while you’re our “bagging courses” of your own), and ideas for better, safer course design. But I am also hoping to inspire others with my passion for the sport, via the stories I can share about all of the interesting experiences I have. All of the interesting people I meet. All of the amazing courses I am blessed to have the opportunity to play. If I can inspire even a handful of individuals to get off the couch, get “out of their bubble” or “security blanket” and explore more of this big, beautiful planet we all call home? Then I will consider this effort a success.
Derek Tonn is a member of the DGA’s Ambassador Team. His company, Mapformation, LLC, has been DGA’s partner in the development of disc golf tee signage since 2012. The longer our two companies have worked together, and the more Derek has gotten to know all the great folks at DGA the more he has wanted to formally sing the company’s praises. The more he has realized that “Steady” Ed the father of disc golf and the modern day Frisbee vision for the sport and his company perfectly describes his own interests and priorities related to disc golf, and the more Derek has recently been encouraged to share his story.