The Community of Disc Golfers and About All Things Disc Golf
1) When was the first time you ever played Disc Golf ?
It was back in the early 90s. I was in the Navy, stationed at the Naval Hospital San Diego. A friend of mine at the time got me out of the barracks and we walked down and over the valley to a place called Morley Field. It was funny cause on side of the valley was the Naval base and the other side was Morley Field. We didn't play in any tournaments or with any groups. It was a small group of Navy guys playing a couple of rounds of Disc golf on the weekends. No stress.
2) When Disc Golf was fun and innocent ?
I had gotten out of the Navy back in 2000. I was a single parent of three children. Someone told me about a place called Barnett Park in Orlando. I had bought myself a set of discs and a couple for my children. We would go play at barnett on the weekend and have a BBQ afterwards or let them skateboard at the park.
What am I talking about ? Do you remember when Disc Golf was fun ? No stress, no competition, no getting upset when a Bogey comes along or worse yet a double or triple. Do not get me wrong. I love the sport and I am doing my best to grow. But I see so many people taking the sport seriously. I can see if they are competing in the World's against other world competators. But most of us are "Joe Smoes" playing a game.
Prime example. I play with the Tuscawilla Group on Sundays. My handicap there is a 2. When I played in the Open, I shot 5, 5, 4 and then 10 over Par. Then last week, I played with a different set of discs, and just had fun, I shot one over par.
Have I got to the point where I care too much about winning my money back in "Handicap and or Doubles" play and I have stopped having fun. That is what I see (in others and in myself). Who can look over a bogey or worse and smile ?
It is like Christmas. Everyone is so wrapped up with what they need to get others and what they may get themselves, that people have forgotten what Christmas is all about.
Have I gotten that way ? Have you ? Are we so wrapped up with getting better, getting better discs, beating everyone, trying to be the best ?
What about the SPIRIT of Disc Golf ?
Playing since 1996, as much fun now as ever. Tournaments moreso, because I was pretty nervous at the first ones.
Except being older, dealing with more aches & pains.
I belong to that fraternity of players who've had a serious injury and couldn't play for an extended period.....after which, playing poorly doesn't seem all that bad.
Plantar Facialatisis (Mispelled)
Yah. I know about injuries.
There's a joke.
"You know you've made the MASTERS......
When you body goes out more than you do"
A casual round with friends and Kids is AWESOME, BUT, so is the competitive round, for me. :)
I am with you Jeff. Casual rounds and competitive rounds are both GREAT!! But I enjoy them as entirely different sorts of experiences...don't see any reason to define which is better or worse, or which is the "right way" to play DG.
You need to take a step back and just Appreciate being able to get outdoors and playing. Every round does not have to be $ 10,000.00 or more ( Just a example ) , but for some , they seem to be playing for their life earnings.
Just being healthy and able to be outdoors playing.
Love the pic.
A man (person) with his discs and a basket.
This Picture is almost Spiritual.
It's about nature, and the game.
Yea...I thought so too....
PS...notice the ankle bracelet under the left sock...