I think I like a nine hole game of disc golf for a family event. It’s not so long that you miss the actual event (a reunion in this case), but it is a great practice and taste for people new to the sport. I got to experience this perfect mix the other week in Grand Rapids at Lamar Park.
The course is a nice little course with not much of a challenge, besides some water hazards, picnic areas, and baseball fields. The majority of the holes are short, except for one, which makes up for the others. The other hazard that you will run into is the that this park has a lot of picnic benches and picnic areas around, with some really close to the holes. So, you have to look out for the people in these areas. That part is annoying, considering hole number three has a creek on your left and a giant picnic area to the right of the basket. When we were there, that area was full of people enjoying a birthday party with lots of kids. Meaning that you had to make sure you had control of your disc. You didn’t want to go fishing or piss off a bunch of parents. The baseball fields also present a challenge, though not as bad as the moving hazard of children. The baseball fields only presented you with the trouble of having to hop fences if your disc went over them. Obviously not a problem if a game is not going on, but…you don’t really want to mess up a game by stopping the outfielder from catching a pop-fly. Plus, if you are doing disc golf right, that is out-of-bounds.
Overall, it’s a great little place that I do recommend you checking out if you have some time up in the Grand Rapids area. Just be prepared for the one hazard that really shouldn’t be a hazard, yet seems to be for my brother-in-law, Mario.
This pond seems be a storm run-off, that just happens to always have water in it. I guess there are fish, because there are usually people on the edges of it with fishing poles. Well, this pond is on the far left of the ninth hole. The way the hole is laid out, the pond really doesn’t seem to be in the way of anything. You wouldn’t even really want to try to cut over it with a big throw, because the basket isn’t in place where it would make sense. I could see it being a problem, because it is in your line of sight when you are getting ready to throw your disc. And if you let the disc go too late when you are doing a backhand, it could fly in there. But, for the most part it shouldn’t be an issue.
However, both times we have gone to this course, Mario has had to take a swim. The first time was pretty bad, because the disc went into the middle of the pond. The second time I didn’t get to see it, because he went around the course one more time than I did. The funny thing was that as we stood around the pad for for the first round, we had joked about him doing it. He said he had no idea why his disc went in the water. So, he must have cursed himself, because sure enough, as we were sitting around the picnic area for the reunion he came back with wet shorts. Moral of the story: be prepared for anything, and don’t mind getting wet.
Now on to my game…
I think I did a decent job. The only hole I really had an issue with was hole number seven, which was the long one of the course. My drive was good, as well as my second throw, however the third one that was suppose to get me to putting range bombed. There is a step hill that follow the fairway on the right, and at the top of the hill is a street. Well, my third throw took my way off course and almost on that street.
Otherwise, I actually kept on or just over par on the holes. Now, I am starting to count par as three and not four. Four is a safe bet, which is fine for me, but three makes me pretty happy. I did this with my backhand and overhead throws. These drives usually got me close enough that my next throw put me on top of the basket. And I never really had to worry about my putts.
I’m feeling better for the Wolverine Cup 2010, not perfect, I need to practice a bit more. I didn’t mention the dreaded forehand throw, because I didn’t even give it a thought. I guess I chickened out a bit on that one. I’m focusing on one thing a time, and that is definitely not it. My putting and other drives have become priority right now. I know those are my strong suits and I want to strengthen them up even more before the tour happens.
Have you been to this course? Any thoughts on it that I missed?
Hit par on more holes. Increase my putting range
Yes on both! It was a shorter course and that might have been the reason, but hey I’ll take a win.
Biggest problem is the length of the drives. I know most people say putting is the name of the game, but you need to be able to get to the basket to make those putts. I want to do it in a shorter number of throws.
Practice, practice, practice! I should try to go back to the park and throw some more discs, work the arm muscle a bit. Also, should probably go to the courses a bit more. Since the move has been delayed, this might be possible.