Despite the fact that I didn’t mash my eyelids together until after 4 am, I roused myself up in time to make Sunday handicaps @ Barnett. Last weekend of the month we play the North course. I was pretty groggy and never really shook myself out of it.
I played some solid disc golf…for an 850 rated player. Kind of semi moderately amusing, when you consider that I just jumped back up to 1001 with the last ratings adjustment.
I very nearly skip aced hole #14, into a fairly stout headwind, with a taystee, flat early run Star Destroyer. It jumped up and hit the side of the bucket. That would have been skip ace #2 with that disc.
I also parked the final #2, which was a CTP hole, but there was no flag. WTH?
When I got back to HQ, most people had come in and left already and the CTP was gone. When I told Bob about it, he settled it as he usually does. “Oh well. Too bad.” He’s not what you’d call into customer service.
At least the CTP that I parked earlier in the round held up.
Armed with my $1.00 profit on the round, I headed up to RCNP to look at relocating a tee position, because #7 Long is on an easement for the oil company, which has 2000 psi pipelines going thru the park, and we can’t have any equipment on it.
The park maintenance guy suggested we push it off to the right, but it will create flow issues from two different directions and will require a new path thru some woods and maybe even relocating a bridge. I came up with an alternate but it may also be shot down by the oil co.
#14 is a split fairway. Both tees can go off to hit two different fairways. And there is a 3rd fairway that could be used, if the tees are shaped and placed properly. I suggested a circle for a tee. That was shot down primarily because they didn’t want to work that hard on building a round tee… and they don’t think it is necessary to have a 3rd fairway. The problem with that logic is that there have been plenty of things that weren’t necessary that I did anyway, simply because it was cool or it created variety or it is simply something that people will talk about. People who talk about interesting courses end up getting other people to go to those interesting courses.
Now we’re talking about a trapezoidal tees for the split fairway, but they dug it out to have the wide end up front. After looking at it, I found that it will work far better to have the shallow end up front on the short tee because you run up from an open area and throw thru a gap. Inversely, the long tee starts in a constricted area and opens up at the front. So it WOULD be better with the wide end up front.
Here is the truly interesting part of this. There is a 3rd direction we could go off the tee. And if the pads are put in as I suggested, you could run across the wide end width-wise and have a perfect tee pad going off to the side. It has the potential to be one of the most versatile holes in FL.
My fear is that it is too progressive. I’m fairly certain that they’ll shut me down because it’s different, it isn’t “normal”. Geeez I hate that word.
This is why I try so hard to steer clear of design-by-committee. It is almost invariably a fuster-cluck and it truly gets in the way of any “new” ideas.
Just to eliminate the argument that changing the direction of the tee pad will require too much work to re-dig the pad, I did it myself. Including, chopping up many vicious roots with my doubly vicious hand tool and uber-vicious chainsaw. Though, I may need to replace the chain since I also managed to chop up a lot of dirt.
I got both pads fairly level by dusk and headed to the parking lot. I met a local guy, Eric, with whom I had traded some plastic recently.
Even though I had been at the park for 6 hours, I hadn’t thrown a shot. So I strapped on my glow bag and we went out for a 9r from the shorts. Aaaah, I needed that.
We yakked in the lot for a while before parting ways.
Tomorrow: Looks like I’ll have to draw up a diagram of #7 and write up all of the pros and cons of two of the new proposed pin placements. And, while I’m at it, draw up the pros & cons of placing the trapezoidal tee placement on 14… and then plead my case.
I had to redesign this course several times to appease the parks people. But, I’ve managed to get it installed to within roughly 90% of what I was shooting for. But it was ALL hard-fought.
I have two more fights left.