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Ben Calhoun's Blog – May 2008 Archive (34)

Jersey

Played in northern Jersey today. Rained a lot. Even the air in NYC is getting to me now.



Liberty Corner, NJ- Harry Dunham:This is a nice city park course, extremely open though. Has dual ashpahlt tees and good signs. Nothing really challenging even from longs, but has length. It has one real nice hole that is more like you'd see on a tourney level course. Nothing rough, well maintained. Not worth stopping by for because of it's easiness and openness, but a good one to have for… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 31, 2008 at 5:41pm — 3 Comments

Worlds?...?...?...........

I dunno, might not be playing. Not for 215$ not for 20$ mini not for pure donation. Not for k-zoo course in hot wet august heat and slow play looking for discs in thorn bushes all day...

It'd cost easily 500$ to play in terms of travel to it and it makes my other schedule hard to stick to. I want to play every one, but it's hard to look forward to this one. I don't think I will be playing well enough by then to cash, but there's no way to know.

Not gonna register right away..see what… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 30, 2008 at 10:35pm — 2 Comments

Warwick

Me and Nic went to Warwick first today. Getting out of the city took most of the morning.

Played Campgaw again for the last (3rd) round today.



Warwick, NY- Warwick:

A really great and insanely long course (blue to blue). 4 different setups to choose from. The last few holes are like 700, 800..

Some holes/basket placements are some of the best I've seen, maybe even 1 or 2 of the basket placements make my top 10 favorites of all time. 1 was on a rock cliff, above… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 30, 2008 at 9:27pm — 7 Comments

New York (City) is a nightmare

I can't believe anyone lives here, or wants to come here..whatever floats your boat.



Yorktown Heights, NY- FDR State Park:


Nice variety of shots, and of terrain. Mix of rubber and mostly dirt, some are rutted. Good signs and scorecards with maps. It begins in tight woods and ends in a semi-open area of grass and pine tree rows, with tons of ivy. Watch for kids smoking in the back holes, hiding behind trees asking if they can throw your frisbees. It is very technical for… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 29, 2008 at 9:39pm — 6 Comments

Ace, 4.50$ gas

Yeah it's 4.50$ and people still drive around in SUV's gunning the engine. The line outside the station with 4.15$ gas was blocking traffic down the street. I aced #2 at Fairfield U, it was blind and there was construction going on, I didn't know until I walked up the hill and was shocked to see it in the basket.



Southington, CT- Panthorn:Very nice and relatively long thickly wooded holes. Great smoothed out rubber pads and good signage. 7 holes of 9 are basically straight,… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 28, 2008 at 8:05pm — 9 Comments

Rained out

Big thunderstorm dropped buckets of ran after I checked into my hotel, with possible hail so I am done for the day after just 2 courses.



Tolland, CT- Cross Farms:Very nice and well kept in some flat woods. Has good shot balance and is well designed. Several par 4's. Almost all woods, no big shots to air out. Great gravel pads and great signs. Errant shots are not overly punished, you can usually get up and down for 3 still with a great upshot. Nothing nasty or too rough. Great… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 27, 2008 at 4:38pm — 6 Comments

Be honest

This is an opportunity to openly talk about my blogs. Say whatever you want, it might get deleted later but not til it's been well read. No swearing, or it's out as per rules of the site. I can take it. Like it or not, tell me. Agree or not, tell me. Don't hide behind a screen like the guy in chat on Memorial Day, that's too childish here is his chance to say who he is.

Understand they are my opinion, not facts, from one round at one time on the course. I have higher than normal standards… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 26, 2008 at 11:06pm — 19 Comments

Blood suckin parasitic little Tick! and 4$ gas.

Glad I filled up yesterday.

Got my first Tick that was successful today, got him right away hopefully no Lyme disease.



Princeton, MA- Goodnow:
This course is not so good, now. It looks like no one has seen it in 15 years, couldn't find many hole, even passed the entire first hole thinking it was just a 3' trail up to the course, but no it was a 3' wide fairway, overgrown and nasty and blind. Signage is colored wood posts, some without number. Mixed baskets, all rusting… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 26, 2008 at 7:13pm — 2 Comments

Beyond 4 weeks, a new state

It's been over 4 weeks now, hit over 90+ courses.



Today I played doubles at Buffumville with Jeff. We didn't win. Then played back 9 doubles for 0$ with a different Jeff, didn't win or lose, tie.



Charlton, MA- Buffumville Dam:This is mostly a really nice course, with 27 holes, a distinctly separate back 9. Most sign posts still have #'s and lengths, but there's always vandals. The tees are short cement, with a crushed rock run up, they work well. It is about half in… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 25, 2008 at 7:07pm — 2 Comments

Amesbury, Dan 'O and Maple Hill

Couldn't get online for too long so I didn't get anything up here yesterday. I began with a round at Pleasant Hill Gold Dragon again, with Josh and Kyle, to show me the OB's, it was extremely windy and we all shot in the 60's.

Yesterday I met Dan O at Amesbury Pines park in Amesbury, MA. He was passing by heading home (1,000ft away) and he saw my car and had to stop and talk to me. I joined him and his friends for a round 15 minutes later. He let me camp out in his yard and hooked it up… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 24, 2008 at 8:54pm — 3 Comments

Enman Field

Thanks for the sweet discs. Maybe I can get all the way to the 19th hole with the CFR Destroyer.

I thought I tied Kyle for the day but now I think I had his score wrong in my head from round #1, possibly beat him by 3 for the day, so he should come to Pleasant to get those strokes back..

Played with Bob, Kyle, Beatz (Beauty only), and Vic?



Brunswick, ME-Enman Field Beauty: This course is easier score wise and skill level wise than the Beast, as you might expect. Lots… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 22, 2008 at 5:51pm — 2 Comments

SABATTUS!!

Beatz bet me a disc this course(s) would make it into my top 5, he lost that bet. They are great, top 25 maybe, not bad out of 460+.

Round one was on the "Hawk" course. When you pull in, you are blown back by the sight of a huge basket fountain sign, a full size clubhouse/pro shop, tees and baskets everywhere, etc..

Thanks guys at Sabattus for the hat and disc. You can't miss this place if you come to Maine.

Not to forget I played the second round with Keiran ____ who was on my… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 21, 2008 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Main(e) Disc Golf

..is way better than you'd think and worth the small fees on every course!



So far there's almost nothing bad about disc golf here, I guess you get what you pay for. The least liked course is actually the one for the tournament, and it was in better condition than most courses back home.



Today I played 4 courses, between 8am and 3pm, there are plenty in this small region.

Woke up early to play Dragan Field in Auburn, ME with Josh

Dragan Field: I shot… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 20, 2008 at 6:42pm — 2 Comments

Much thanks to give today

First to Mother Nature for waiting to rain until I got into my car after the first round, then stopping when I teed off the next round after only raining for a few minutes, and for stopping the hail after the 6th hole on round #3.



Next to all who have helped me out so far (Grandparents, Solt, Dave Townsend, Beatz, guides on my rounds, the people at the 2 not yet open courses, the guys at D'N'D for the sticker, and the guy at Beaver Brooks for the sweet lightning disc, and anyone… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 19, 2008 at 7:56pm — 3 Comments

Beatz/Pay to Play/Horrific car accident

Today began arriving at Pleasant Hill with Dave Townsend (thanks for the bed) and waiting for Beatz to play a round. I finally got online for a moment and rushed some stuff online. No Sprint-Speed here, still not tonight, had to pay for internet access right now can't make a call not even roaming.



Scarborough (Scahhhhhhbouhhhhoogh), ME: Pleasant Hills Gold+Silver (2)
: I played with Beatz, starting before the course exploded and got packed for the rest of the day. The Gold… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 18, 2008 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Rumble @ The Run

I have had NO sprint signal for at least a day (not a huge surprise, could barely get a satellite signal around here).



Newport, NH- Pinnacle: This is a new course, a work in progress, but it is very playable and clean much work has been put into it already. It is very tough, I shot a 57. Good design, no 'crazy' or irregular holes, tight woods on some steep hills with lots of rocks and creeks. The tees are rough but they are working on them one by one, and the signage is good.… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 18, 2008 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Camping @ Hyzer Creek

I am camping tonight, as it says it is free and I need to save up. Some rain later maybe but it's nice now, if not extremely buggy.



I met up with Marc McGarity* from DGRUS today for 2 rounds. We began at Jamesville Beach in Jamesville, NY: It is pretty open, just 2 woods holes and several near woods. Enough trees to add challenge along with wind and length. Two bomber holes. Scenic and relatively easy, shot -5, and there's no danger. Has a 100' hole. Great pads and has… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 14, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

'Scuse I think they call it

I made it over to Syracuse today after 3 rounds in Rochester, 2 with my guide Ryan who designed one of the courses (he's lucky he did it well).



Rochester- Sweden DGC: Now this course is just rough and nasty. Hole #1 took over 10 minutes to play, had to walk 75% of the fairway to see the pin. It is lightning bolt shaped, 2 twists (discs don't fly that way), surrounded by rough worse than Hudson Mills Monster, and I had to sacrifice my putter and firebird to my ivy pocket after… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 13, 2008 at 8:21pm — 6 Comments

Memories...

I began at Baker Farm (Chili) in Rochester It DOES NOT ADD to my list since I have played it b4. Haven't been there sine 1999 pro worlds. It was so great to play that course again after so long, longest ever gone between rounds on a course. It is still beautiful and amazing. Well manicured grassy fairways studded with all types of trees and obstacles. Not particularly challenging, took 2 4's and 7 2's, no 5's. Hit cage on 911 on the putt for 3! Many 300-400' foot duecable holes requiring… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 12, 2008 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

No Bogeys

In the past 72 holes, I got just one 4.



Began the day in Grand Island, NY at Beaver Island DGC: This course is awesome. Well marked, concrete tees (for the middle white tees, which I played), fresh mown grass, well kept. The wind was intense, blew my hat off several times, made it hard to putt. Flipped a star max over on the second hole!

I got zero 4's here, even with 6-8 holes well over 400'. It's relatively open so if you throw well it's hard to get a 4 from middle… Continue

Added by Ben Calhoun on May 11, 2008 at 7:35pm — 6 Comments

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