Made it back home to Southwestern Minnesota today. But not before getting three final courses played on the day. I started my morning throwing a quick nine holes at Tolmie Park in Keokuk, Iowa. A short course, only measuring in at 1,657 feet! But I thought it was a fun round, with just a “hint of trouble” one could get themselves into off the tee on Holes 3 and 7 if you aren’t careful.
After Tolmie Park, I snuck in a quick six-hole course at Oak Park DGC in Ainsworth, Iowa. One of the last courses in the greater Iowa City area that I had yet to play. I thought it was a beautiful little park, with just the right amount of trees and some nice elevation change from hole to hole. An easy course to deuce every hole, which I did! But there are some ace runs out there too…so I am sure that course record is probably 11 shots.
My final round of the day, of the trip, was at Tiffin Timbers in Tiffin, Iowa. A fairly challenging 3,371 foot nine-hole course with some surprisingly difficult rough to contend with. I managed to shoot a +1 (28) throwing safeties off of just about every tee. I also got to dance with my second snake of the trip…a ~30-inch snake that didn’t look poisonous to me (though let’s just say I didn’t want to get close enough to find out for sure). And with the fact that there is not a single course between Tiffin, Iowa and Springfield, Minnesota that I have not already played? That put a pretty bow on my course collecting work via this particular trip. Thirty-six new courses played across nine US States, with me now having played at least ten disc golf courses in thirty of the fifty US States. Not too shabby!
Magic Number = 525 (1,475 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.