Heading over to South Dakota for an extended family get-together with my in-laws today, I found out that we would be within 12-13 miles of a very small, unique course in the community of Madison, South Dakota. So after asking my wife nicely if she minded having my discs come with us on our trip to visit her family, as well as asking my oldest daughter nicely if she would mind driving me over to…
After spending my morning working on course design work approximately 30 percent of the distance to a new course I had not previously played out in Arlington, South Dakota, I decided to push West to knock my only unplayed course between Springfield, MN and Rapid City, SD off my “To Play List.”
The course at Arlington City Park has its quirks and shortcomings. Throwing over/around the park’s welcome sign on Hole 1. Concrete tee pads on each hole that are 3′ x 3′ square. Etc. Hole 5 (below) also was odd, throwing at a building, over several picnic tables (which I hope are located there temporarily) and under some tree branches. I managed to run my low, fast S-Curve off the tee to within ten feet, to the right of the basket. But I think most LHBH/RHFH players might end up throwing a big, wide hyzer around the tree. While RHBH/LHFH players will be throwing at/over that building. Either way? I didn’t like that hole at all, as it seems like people and/or property (i.e. that building) could be easily damaged.
Managed a -8 (22) on the short ten-hole course. Didn’t get my deuces on Holes 6 and 10, but was otherwise perfect off the tee and in my putting. I was happy with that score, as today was just as windy as it was in Waterville, MN yesterday. And another new course played keeps me headed in the right direction. 🙂
Magic Number = 592 (1,408 Courses Played)
About Tonn’s Travels
How it All Got Started: Tonn’s Travels >> 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.