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Disc golf

Posted Friday, March 14, 2008, at 1:26 PM

I am really looking forward to the opening of the new disc golf course at H.V. Griffin Park. I've only played once before -- at our T-G company picnic a year or two ago at Henry Horton State Park. Morris Winfrey of our production staff and his adult sons play frequently, and Morris showed the game to several of us that day. I wasn't very good, but I had a great time and think maybe I could improve with practice.

The game is played much like golf, except that you're throwing flying discs (think of Frisbee, which is a brand name). Generally, the discs used for disc golf are a little smaller and denser than the Frisbee you throw around the back yard. Real serious players carry more than one disc during a round -- they have one or two different "drivers" that they throw for distance, and a "putter" that has better accuracy when they reach the hole. It's perfectly legal to substitue one disk for another in this way.

The hole, by the way, is a metal basket on a pole. It has a drape of chains above it, so that if you can throw your disk into the chains, they will "catch" the disc and it will drop into the basket below.

With the recent nice weather, I'm hoping to get out a day or two and just try to throw for distance, work on the sort of running throw and release that disc golf players use.

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My husband and sons took off one day to play the game in Murfreesboro. They had never played before and had to stop to get some discs. They only got 1 apiece. Needless to say should have bought more. During one of the holes my 17 year old accidently landed his into the pond. Not wanting to lose it he decided to go wading in after it. He sunk in the mud but started feeling for it where he thought it was. My husband said he got a smile on his face and started to come up when he realized he picked up a big turtle instead. Needless to say it caught him off guard. My husband said it was pricelss. They cannot wait to go again!

-- Posted by For the kids on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 5:59 PM

Anything that allows families to spend a good time together is a plus for me. Plus it is not really that expensive.

-- Posted by For the kids on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 6:15 PM

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