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My Winning Essay for Marshall Street Disc Golf

It won me a $25 gift certificate!



Stop. Close your eyes. Imagine. You’re standing on a hill, surrounded by whispering leaves and swaying aspens while accompanied by two of your closest friends or perhaps your spouse and children. Three hundred feet away stands a dazzling yellow monolith glimmering in the sunlight; light bouncing from its stainless steel chains. You hold a single round object—it reminds… Continue

Added by Ryan S. Flahive on February 9, 2010 at 12:14pm — No Comments

A good start to the day

I went out to play an early 12 holes this morning at 5:30, as I do everyday before work and had a tremendous day.

Seven down, bogey free through on 12 holes with an ace--my second this in a month after a 6 year drought--not bad work for 5:30 in the morning.

Plan on 36 more this afternoon--hope to duplicate the effort.

Added by Ryan S. Flahive on July 24, 2009 at 9:43am — No Comments

The last two courses of the Vacation, The end of the Travel Blog

I finished my vacation with two different courses, making it a total of seven Colorado courses over the span of seven days. But more on the courses later. I would first like to address the last two courses I played.



The first was Ghost Town Country Club and Disc Golf Sanctuary. A private course, it came highly recommended...but you won't be recommended to play it by this author. The course offered an atmosphere and uniqueness unmatched in my 10 years of playing disc golf. It is built… Continue

Added by Ryan S. Flahive on June 24, 2009 at 11:27am — No Comments

An Ace in the Face of Adversity: Travel Blog, Day Four, June 17

The day began with disappointment.



We journeyed the short distance to Winter Park Resort to play their 10,000 foot course in the mid morning. We were prepared to hike the mountain to play (we're too cheap to pay $15 bucks per person to ride the life, and we needed the exercise). As we approached the staff running the lift to get a course map, we find out that the course is closed for redesign until July--that really sucked--I was looking forward to that course. The course is being… Continue

Added by Ryan S. Flahive on June 18, 2009 at 10:33am — 2 Comments

Pine Beetles, a Dilapidated Forest, and Lots of Disc Golfers: Travel Blog, Day Three, June 16

Trudging down the perilous Berthoud Pass from Winter Park, we embarked upon a day in the Frisco/Dillon/Silverthorne area; the Gateway to Summit County, Colorado. Our destination was Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area Disc Golf Course, consistently rated one the best courses in the state. It was our chance to test the theory.



We got there around 10 a.m., and by the time we got finished we were glad we didn't wait to get on any longer. The course began with very little fanfare--it was… Continue

Added by Ryan S. Flahive on June 17, 2009 at 4:31pm — 4 Comments

Way finding, mixed baskets, and Zip Lines: Travel Blog Day Two, June, 15 2009

After a day of much needed recovery at my brother's beautiful mountain home, I was once again ready to throw some discs into the vast unknown. My playing partner for the rest of the trip would be my wife of five years and my best friend of over eleven. When we first met in STL and the first 6 years we dated, we would play DG together several times a week. As a former college softball player, she is very athletic and her mechanics used to be impeccable. But as the kids came, she fell off the… Continue

Added by Ryan S. Flahive on June 17, 2009 at 9:13am — 1 Comment

Mud, Thistles, and Windy Days: Travel Blog, June 12th, 2009

After a day of travel from Santa Fe to Parker, Colorado followed by two days of learning how to encode archival finding aids in XML, I was ready to throw some discs. I had been waiting for this chance for over a month--hoping to find a couple good quality courses in the south Denver area. My nephew, an incoming freshman quarterback at one of the D-1 Colorado universities in September is new to the game; but he was just as excited to get out and play with me as i was to get out and play. It was… Continue

Added by Ryan S. Flahive on June 16, 2009 at 10:01am — 2 Comments

To begin a journey...

Tomorrow, I embark upon a tumultuous journey...full of work, family, parties, and disc golf. From Santa Fe we are off to Denver for a work training that will keep my mind occupied until Saturday, whence I shall begin my trek. Without the children, my wife and I will enjoy a late night party smorgasbord at the Electric Daisy Carnival--after that it is to Winter Park for 6 days of mountainous vacation.



The Winter Park home is no further than 20 miles from great mountain disc golf.… Continue

Added by Ryan S. Flahive on June 9, 2009 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Disc Golf Friends

Its hard to say. Do we take our non-disc golfing friends out for a leisurely (yet frustrating) loop or do we try to contact better players for which we are simply acquaintances? On one hand, you have to be loyal to your closest peeps. An example: One day, at Creve Coeur park in St. Louis I decided to take 4-5 of my closest non-disc golfing friends to the extremely long (about 10,000 feet), yet very flat, park that sits adjacent to one of the largest lakes in the area. Needless to say, on this… Continue

Added by Ryan S. Flahive on May 28, 2009 at 8:36am — 2 Comments

At a disc golf course far far away....

White Birch Park, Hazelwood, Missouri--a suburb of the Dirty Lou. The first course built in Missouri c. 1979 was my introduction to the wonderful world of disc golf. The year was around 1999, and I was a sophomore in college at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. A ball-golfer since the age of five, I found during college that golf was a very expensive and time-consuming enterprise for a college student. I couldn't get on a course to save my life. Disc golf filled that void for me that… Continue

Added by Ryan S. Flahive on May 24, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Introduction

Blogs? Usually not for me; I do enough writing in my profession. But this is different; I decided to write of my experiences and love for disc golf. If you read it, fine. If not, nothing lost and nothing gained. I hope my stories, hopes, aspirations, and disappointments entertain you and maybe offer insight.

Added by Ryan S. Flahive on May 24, 2009 at 10:46am — No Comments

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