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 ?
I remember when:
There were not any disc golf baskets at Tuscawilla Park, Daytona Beach!
The first day cleaning up and finding a pepsi bottle full of crack needles.....
Hey Dragon daddy Vic,we played object/target frisbee back in the 60's & 70's.Summer time was freedom to roam all over town,neighborhoods,parks,walking/biking distance with frisbee in hand.Not a worry in your mind except home before dark.Phone call if you were staying/eating with one of the many friends we all had.
Disc golf is still fun .The tourney's, I play Rec and enjoy the age difference within groups I throw.I personally take away many aspects of the game that day,good & bad.The Sarasota AMS was a meeting of new/old acquaintance that one enjoys in this sport.
Christmas Spirit can be like the "Chains" that bound Jacob Marley to walk/haunt forever the "greed" in one's self.Be the Spirit which enjoys life,good and bad.
.."do you remember the day we met.." you know the rest of the song. ;>}
It was my honor to have met you.
One day we will play side by side versus
against each other (so to speak)
I understand what you are saying Jeff.
It is human nature or should I say MAN's nature to compete.
To prove who has the biggest D*#K.
To prove who's the Alpha.
And when we win, we beat on our chests and shout out our manly yell for all to hear.
But honestly here.
Who has shot a double or triple bogey, or lost a disc and yelled out "I LOVE THIS GAME" for all to hear?
Anyone can have fun while they are playing well.
But to enjoy yourself while playing like shit is a true sign of character
and professionalism to me.