Tree Tuesday – Disc Golf, Trees, and Faith

in #treetuesday2 years ago

I’ve been having fun playing at a new (to me) eighteen hole Disc Golf course. It is a lot more technical than the one I usually play at and has a few holes that are not very forgiving for bad throws.

The first time I played the course it was very muddy and a bit windy. When I came to this hole shown below I had to look it over a lot to decide if it was worth it for me to continue.

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Intimidating Disc Golf Hole with par three at 323 feet – click for viewing full screen

The long tee (where you throw the disc from) is close to the camera location and just to the left of the muddy path you see going down the slope. Here’s a close-up picture showing where the basket is that you are supposed to throw to.

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Close-up of the Disc Golf Hole, the top of basket has a little yellow flag barely visible behind the tree in the center – click for viewing full screen

There’s so many thorny bushes and weeds around both sides of the fairway. You can’t really see it but the entire slope by the path has a bunch of bramble bushes too. If you have a really bad throw it could bounce off the nearby tree or something, and wind up in any number of bad places. Luckily this time of year things are not that overgrown and the disc would be easier to see. Still though, I had some new shoes on and didn’t really want to walk down the muddy path.

So I walked around and threw off of the short tee. The drive landed pretty close to the basket and I managed to make par (with three throws to get the disc in the basket)

The next time I played the course the path had dried out a lot and wind was minimal so I threw off of the long tee, and the disc faded over into the brush just to the right of the path near the hill by the basket. Luckily it was not hard to find and I completed the hole at par again.

The Old Christmas Tree Hole

Another fun challenging hole on the course is what I think of as: “The Old Christmas Tree Hole.” It appears to be someone’s abandoned tree farm. There are a lot of closely planted trees on the hole with basically no fairway and a single path going up the middle. The tee sits up on a slope and there is a narrow gap between trees to throw though to get into the area where all the smaller trees are growing.

I threw a nice drive off the tee which landed just to the left of the path. The easy throw would have been a short toss to the path and a few tosses up the path to get to the basket. I didn’t think I could make par with that, so I tried a harder throw. The trees were short enough so I though I might be able to throw up and over them and get to a small clearing near the basket.

I tossed the disc fairly hard up over the trees thinking it might level out and curve over to the open area. I thought maybe if I moved fast enough after I tossed the disc I could see where it landed. I tried to move but the ground was really muddy and I heard a giant, “THUD” of the a disc hitting a tree before I got to see where it went to.

I started walking to where I thought it went figuring it would be pretty easy to find. It was nowhere to be seen. I walked and walked all over the place and lost my bearing completely. I couldn't even locate the spot I initially threw it from.

It was over an hour later and was still walking around looking for my favorite disc, “Little Pinky.” Tunnel vision had set in and I couldn't see the forest for the trees, if you know what I mean. (This wasn’t the first time I had lost Little Pinky in the deep dark woods.)

I started praying, “You know this is really kind of trivial but could you possibly help me find ‘Little Pinky?’”

Just after that a younger disc golfer came by and saw me hunting around in the woods. We got to talking and I explained my predicament. I told him I was looking for a pink disc.

He looked at me and said, “It’s not a pink disk with a white strip around the edge is it?”

I said it was and he looked at me and pointed at a nearby tree, “Is that it?”

I stared right at the tree and at first I couldn't see anything but then right in the center of the tree I noticed my disc. He helped me get it out with a short branch and I thanked him profusely.

This was the second time this happened to me with this exact disk on a heavily wooded course. Sometimes all it takes is another set of eyes, (especially for some people who insist on not wearing their glasses when they go disc golfing,) LOL.

Disc Tracking

So it seems like many technological people have the same idea around having a tracking device built into a disc. After talking to a few people, I heard there was a company making such a thing. A short search and I found this: TOBU

Apparently they make a couple discs with tracking devices and have plans for doing a bunch of different designs with advanced features for measuring throws.

I ended up purchasing a factory second Tobu Charge disc from them to try out. I would have liked to try their other model but it was considerably more and I wasn’t sure how well it would work.

I can’t wait to try out the Tobu disc. It comes with an Android phone application to track the location of the disc up to fifty feet away. I hope it will be a good solution to reduce disc donations to the Elves in the Old Christmas Tree Hole or other places where you toss the disc and know not where it lands, LOL.

It is always fun to post something for #TreeTuesday as hosted by @old-guy-photos


Thanks for reading! I always value your support and comments. The pictures were taken by me with my Galaxy S9+. Text and graphics copyright 1/29/2019 lightsplasher & litesplasher.

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Great post. A funny story happened to you, maybe next time you can really wear glasses :)

Thank you. Yes, I should at least start taking my glasses along with me just in case I suppose. For some reason I've convinced myself that I can throw better with my glasses off though. (Probably a complete fallacy.) This time of year it is usually a bit dreary the rain gets all over my glasses but the weather has been so bright and sunny that I can't use that as an excuse anymore. Therefor, wearing my glasses in the sunshine is so startlingly bright and sharp focused looking it's unnerving and really unnatural in a normally foggy place. :)

I have never played golf, but I think golf should be played in calm weather. Thank you for the interesting story @lightsplasher

It is actually a lot of fun playing in the wind but much more challenging. The chance of a throw going where you don't want increases a lot, especially with the more beginner friendly discs that I typically throw. Thank you too.

That is Excellent article and great photography , thanks @lightsplasher
Have a nice day.

Thank you, have a good day too.

Excellent review @lightsplasher and I see that golf has a number of difficulties, but I hope that the new acquisition will help you!

Thank you! I might write a post about it if I like the disc and find it useful. It seems like it will be helpful.

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Oh yes @lightsplasher, with such a terrain when playing golf, you just need the Tobu disc!

I'm looking forward to trying it. I hope it will be durable enough to handle the wet weather and bad throws into the tree trunks.

The terrain is really rough and I know for sure that it will be very hard to play golf better on such terrain . I believe the disc tracking built on these latest disc will make it easier to track disc and at least play the game better

I think it will be fun for me. I like this kind of interesting technology to play with. I seems to me that there could be all kinds of fun things that the Tobu company could do on the next generation of products if they are successful.

Oh glad to hear you got ol pinky back! Yes I think the hour spent searching would take some of the fun out of it. I am not sure how much the new dosc cost with the tracker or if the disc is as good as pinky, so I was thinking a bit of tape or glue with a Tile on it would work. You get 4 of them for 60 bucks. The Time Mate has 150 foot range and the Tile Pro has 300 feet of range. Easy to replace battery too. Just in case the Tobu doesnt work out!! The extra range might be worth something.

That's a good idea but there are a few issues. Weight on a disc could change the flight and stability if it isn't built into the design. If it isn't exactly in the center it could wobble a lot more in flight. These do look like they are small enough to add to some of my lighter weight discs. Pinky's almost at max weight as is, so adding more weight to it could be the subject of some angst if my buddies are drinking too much beer or something, LOL. (It's doubtful anyone would really object unless I was playing in a tournament) It could be worth trying out though, thanks for the tip.

Yay!!! You got the tracker! I'm excited for you and I really want to hear how well it works for you! That would be pretty awesome for it to work exactly as advertised, right?

Us nearsighted people really need to wear a set of eyes when out golfing and such! ;) I wear prescription sunglasses so it helps both ways.

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Thank you! Yes, I can hardly wait to try it out. No need to wear my glasses if it works fine. I can just picture myself wandering around like Mr. Magoo staring at my cell phone screen... just a little more to the left... (falls off edge of cliff face) LOL.

LOL Oh, my!!! That just made me really laugh out loud!! I can soooo see it, Mr. Magoo!

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How are you there, brother, @lightsplasher.

Howdy @hamdan12 I'm doing just fine. It looks like its going to be a good day to be outside later today. How are you?

I'm also fine my brother @lightsplasher, and it seems like a lot of fun especially playing a very exciting game that is throwing discs.