Greg and I decided to go play disc golf this morning and with all the rain we had lately it became a bit more challenging! First we started with a great breakfast at Altons. I had my favorite – Feta Omelet. Then we went to Ellicott Creek since it is a technical course plus some great restaurants for lunch afterwards. (As you know, food is always important in these outings). They do not have cement t-pads instead they are dirt. With all the rain the first t-pad was a small river with nowhere to shoot from. Plus the grassy areas had large ponds. Basically the first half of the first fairway was under water. It did not look like a great idea to proceed with playing. So then we went to Beaver State Park, which is along the Niagara River, and they have concrete t-pads. It is more of a wide-open course with longer fairways and a bit of wind from the river. It takes longer to play than Ellicott Creek. We started off with good drives and scores on the first hole. At the second hold I had a decent drive. Then my disc landed with a big splash – and there should be no splashing in disc golf when you hit the ground. My poor disc landed in a huge pond of water. Luckily my husband went and got it for me. At one hole, I had one foot in a small pond of water, my disc and my hand was wet! Luckily I made the putt! The below pictures will not do it justice to show the ponds of water. Right off the one t-pad was a huge lake! Obviously I can throw farther than that but it makes you wonder what you might land in!
The last hole was extremely muddy with what appeared to be a lake surrounding the basket. I was right on the edge of the water to make my throw to the basket. Then I found myself sliding in some mud – but likely did not fall. My disc landed at the edge of the large lake. I carefully made my way to my disc, as there was water and mud everywhere. I got to my disc but there was nowhere to place my bag. So with my heavy bag slung over my shoulder I attempted my putt… and luckily made it!
This is a hard course for me. The fairways are long and the wind can take your discs in unexpected directions. The below hole is tricky. It is a narrow fairway with the river on the one side and then you need to get around a bend of brush to actually find the basket. It is great when you finally see the basket and when you don’t land your disc in the brush or the water.
Last year I had a 107 and 104 playing Beaver. Today I got a 93! In disc golf there are three starting points to help you manage how far you need to throw. There is a pro t-pad, which of course is the furthest, white and then red. The reds are designed for beginners. I throw from the white with my husband but I do not have his distance. I am working on my drives with a goal of only throwing the disc twice to reach his initial drive. If I can keep working on my distance throws and tighten up my short game I can start shaving off more points. As a comparison my husband’s average at this course is 70 so my 93 is not too bad for 18-holes! Beaver added more out of bounds markers – like the one below. Kind of ridiculous since some of these shots are hard enough! So as you see in the below picture if you overthrow too much you are out of bounds and get a penalty stroke.
Here are the links to my other Disc Golf postings.
Disc Golf, Fall & Leaves!
2012 Rochester 38th Annual Flying Disc Golf Open
Do you want to know more about Disc Golf? Read part 1 for my personal journey
Do you want to know more about Disc Golf? Read part 2 to visit Chili and Parma professional disc golf courses
My First Round of Disc Golf Round for 2013!