Monday, September 1, 2014

Disc Golf Mania

We've been getting pretty into disc golf, and even travel to far off and distant places to get in a round. A few weeks back A was off in video camp so N and I went on a mission to try out assorted disc golf courses, and we drove as far Newport and Bradford. It was sort of cool exploring areas we never go to, and the courses were nice. The first place we visited was near Lake Sunapee in Newport, and we got lost in the process of trying to find it. The course has the same name as a fish and tackle shop, so the directions took us to the wrong place. We asked a local business if they could help us out and none of them knew, though they were nice and helpful. They got on their computers and did a Google search for us, telling us that we needed to go to the Lake Sunapee resort, about 15 minutes away. We drove over but in our guts we felt something wasn't right.

The ski hill is nice and the the course required purchasing a lift ticket and golfing your way down the hill. I didn't want to spring for a ticket, and I still wanted to find the real course. There was a guy in the parking lot who gave us the rundown about the ski hill course, and when I asked him about the Newport course, he knew exactly where it was. He told us to drive through town and go to the high school, so we turned around and headed back. N noticed that on the guy's car he had a disc golf sticker on the window, so we lucked out in finding the right person to ask. Driving back through town, we found the high school as well as the first tee for disc golf. The course was nice, weaving through the woods and a rec area, and it was 18 holes so it took us a couple of hours. It was hot and we had limited time because we had to get A, but it we enjoyed our time. We planned on one day doing the Sunapee course, but that's for another time.

The next adventure was up in Bradford. Again, we couldn't find the darn thing, and ended up in the mountains deep in the woods. The directions were once again all screwy. It's very rural up there and there was nothing in the way of gas stations or stores to ask for directions. I ended up stopping at a home business (the guy was a welder) and asking if he knew of a disc golf course. He said I needed to find the high school (of course) and gave me directions on how to get there. Sure enough, we drove back in through town and found it at the high school, Oxbow HS. I'd heard of Oxbow and didn't realize it was in Bradford.

This course was really nice, one of my favorites, and we enjoyed playing it. A good combination of killer wide open shots and challenging woodsy ones. Plus, it was free.

I packed a lunch so N and I had a picnic and then stopped in Fairlee to get ice cream and the famous Whippy Dip, or something like that. Then we headed to video camp to pick up A.

We've had some fun adventures with disc golf, and I'm sure they'll be more.

Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Doug Cash for the pic.

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