A new home course (Woods at Beauty Hill, Barnstead, NH)

I’ve finally played a course in New Hampshire and I like it so much that I want to call it my new home course. About Two weeks ago my wife and I headed down to Barnstead to check out the Woods at Beauty Hill course (pdga link).

It is a wonderful course that is mostly in the woods with very tight fairways. One of the reasons I like the course is that it offers multiple tee positions that account for beginner to advanced players. This is something I look for in a course because it is important to have easier options for those who are new to the sport as well as challenging holes for advanced players.

So far I’ve played it three times in the last week and I plan on playing as many of the Thursday and Sunday night pick-up League nights as I can. If you live anywhere near, come and join us.

I am also planning on playing in the Saturday, July 19th Tournament they are hosting.

Exciting stuff. I haven’t played in a tournament for about three years. Should be entertaining at least!

I am an International disc golf champion?

I would just like to let everyone know that I am an international disc golf player now.
My wife and I recently went to Prince Edward Island (PEI) for vacation with my parents. So naturally I checked the PDGA course directory to see if there were any disc golf courses that we could play and was pleasantly surprised to find one on the south-west side of the island near Strathgartney.

It was a bit of a struggle to find it based on the directions given but we persevered. If you are ever in the neighborhood look for the sign that says “Strathgartney Campgrounds” it’ll be on your left if you are driving west on Hwy 1.
I cost us $1.00 Canadian per person to play the 18 hole course.

The course doesn’t have the traditional baskets that we have become accustomed to, instead it used wooden posts (4 by 4’s) painted green with a bar threaded into the top and another 4 by 4 (about 1.5 to 2 feet tall) painted white threaded on top. The white 4 by 4 was the “basket”.
pei disc golf basket alternative

The signs were all well marked and helpful except sign #10 which was missing. Many of the shots used doglegs to the left or were straight. It had a good variety of uphill and downhill, long and short shots and was moderately challenging.
The signs were marked in meters instead of feet so that took some getting used to as well.sign for hole 13 at pei course

The course is on the side of a hill or series of hills so we had some good views of the surrounding land.
view of the town near the course

view of river through trees on pei course

I shot a 55 which by their course par was 17 under and by par 3 standards was 1 over. I was declared the champion of the group by 8 strokes and that is how I became an international disc golf champion!

Bradford, VT Oxbow Disc golf Course (finally back)

It feels good to have played again after a long break. I have moved to New Hampshire and in the midst of getting settled etc. have not had time to seek out disk golf courses in the area. Well, yesterday (Saturday) I finally went to Bradford, Vermont and played the Oxbow Course.

I finished 5 over, lost one disk (tie-dyed TeeBird), and found another and promptly lost it too. I was impressed with the course. The first two holes had me convinced that it was like most high school courses, the kind where all the holes are wide open and boring. By hole six I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of shots although still disappointed that most of them were under 300 feet.
Most of the shots were doglegs with lots of trees and I managed to par them all.

Hole 6 starts up the hill (mountain?) and has a small fairway with brush intermingled with new growth on the right-hand side. Somewhere in that brush there is a nice tie-dyed TeeBird, if you find it keep it and enjoy it because I’ll have a new one broken in by then anyway.

Holes 7-10 are on the hill and many of them are over 300 feet. My lasting impression of this part of the course is the view of the mountains to the east. This is by far the most scenic disc golf course I have played.
Hole 7 view:
view from hole 7 at Oxbow

Hole 8 view:
view from hole 8 at Oxbow
Holes 11-18 each have their unique qualities as well.

The Oxbow course is a good mix of different types of shots – not the most challenging course I’ve played but far from the easiest. Probably would be a little intimidating for a newbie and boring for a pro.

My hats off to the designers. Good Job. I’ll be back again with my friends.

I set a new personal best and Prairie Center Park Disc Golf Course

A friend and I went to Prairie Center Park disc golf course on saturday. It started out as one of those up and down rounds: I birdied hole 1, bogeyed hole 2, pared hole 3, etc. I didn’t completely realize that I was having a good round until hole 16 where I was -1 with two fairly tough holes left. Now hole 17 I can generally par unless I get stuck in the pine trees on the right, but hole 18 usually adds a couple of strokes (every time I see the narrow corridor between the trees to the basket I see it as a challenge that I can’t resist). Well, I pared 17 as usual and got lucky enough to bogey 18 for a final round of even. Even is the goal I set for myself at the beginning of the summer and I finally made it.
As I have said before, I am a big fan of setting goals. It seems to work out well for me on the disc golf course.

I tied a my personal best on The Rand Park Course in Keokuk, IA on Saturday

I had the opportunity to travel back home this weekend to visit friends and family. My Parents, my brother and his son, and my future brother and sister-in-law all went to play a relaxing round of disc golf at Rand Park in Keokuk, IA. I love it when a whole group of us get to go play together because it gives us an opportunity to visit while getting excercise (and I get to show off my mad DG skills). I had a wonderful round so let me take a moment to brag about it: I finished the round at 8 under par (-8). That ties my personal best on that course. Rand Park is a fairly short and not a super difficult course (read: good for beginners and still a challenge for moderate players). My ongoing goal is to play the course at -12 and I’m sure I will do it someday.

I am a firm believer in setting score goals for myself before I play a round. I usually play a course 4 or 5 times to get a feel for how it plays and then I set a score goal at least 2 better than my best round to that point. It can really make a difference in how quickly I lower my scores on a course. Sometimes I have “one of those days” where nothing goes right and my score is worse than it ever has been, but in general I tend to focus better, putt better, and drive straighter when I have a goal in mind.