This weekend was Memorial Day weekend, and while it was a bit cold, we went up to Petoskey for some camping and….some disc golf! And a great course was found and played while up there, Kiwanis Park in Harbor Springs.
At the top of a hill Arbor Springs dead ends into the park. And that hill is a precursor to the hills you’ll find through the course. It looks like the park is used for sledding in the winter, and maybe other park-like activities, but for the most part I imagine it is used for the great course there. According to the Harbor Springs website, the course is taken care off by the city as well as local disc golfers, and you can tell. The course is really clean, which is great because I don’t understand why people assume it’s okay to throw their trash anywhere while they play, and the signs for each hole are great. I mean look at this…
You get an aerial view of the hole, out of bounds marked, a flight path (sometimes two…), and even an arrow pointing to where the other hole is. They also had clear paths between each hole, some lined with tree limbs.
Having been about nine months since I’ve gone disc golfing, it was a good day for me. The majority of the holes were in the woods, and were less than 200 feet, keeping us on a short game that focused on putting. I was usually able to get up to the putting area within one or two, depending on the placement of trees and the choice of disc.
I found myself overthrowing my target and having to backtrack to get to the basket. This came from misjudging my disc choice. I have a Discraft Avenger driver, which is great for a long distance throw, I can cover a lot of ground with it and it flies extremely straight. However, this can be bad when assuming that you won’t be able to make it to the basket because of trees. Yet, when you throw, the disc whistles past the trees and the basket and ends up landing at the pad for a hole you’ve already done.
This happened a couple of times. I need to not always assume I’m going to hit a tree. I also need to know what my discs do. I need to know that the Avenger flies straight, and the Starfire will turn toward the left. I also need to be confident in my choice when I get the disc out of my bag.
Overall, I was pretty happy with my performance. I only had one hole that I really screwed up, hitting multiple trees and letting go of the disc way too soon. But, I was able to recover on the next hole with a score of two. I ended up being only one behind my father-in-law, which I was pretty proud of. I kept myself as close to par as I could.
There were only a couple of people at the course when we played. There was a large group ahead of us, but we quickly overcame them by hole 11. We did have to wait for this couple that randomly started at 10 and then jumped over to hole two. I guess I could see getting confused because hole 10 is right next to the parking lot, and hole one is somewhat hidden. It took us a couple of minutes to see that it was near the clubhouse but off in the shadow of some trees. However, the holes are really obvious. There is a pretty big sign stating what hole you are on. So, I’m not sure if they just wanted to change up the course or felt like it would be too much to search for hole one(oh, there was a big map near the parking lot as well…), but we had to watch them. It’s not a big deal except that the guy decided to be cool and throw a couple of discs. And then we had to watch his girlfriend whiff a disc into the woods.
It’s great to be back outside disc golfing again, I’m hoping to get out more often. There are some new courses around Kalamazoo I need to check out, and there are some great ones up in Grand Rapids I need to get back to. Thanks for suffering through an extremely long drought of posts, but I’m going to try to get back on here more often.
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