Raining. It's been raining since I woke up, not stopping for a second it seems. Still raining here hundreds of miles away. I got soaked many times and had to change after every round, so the laundry is in the wash at my hotel. One course was a total loss, Duncan Lake in Duncan, OK- it said in the guide not often mowed in the summer. They weren't kidding. It is unplayable right now, waist high grass and weeds and ivy in the fairways, so I didn't bother trying to play it.
Since I woke up tense, sore neck, headache, and feeling queasy all morning I called it quits in the early afternoon after just 3 courses and only half as many holes as yesterday. I hope the Icy-Hot will do something for the twinge in my neck, I can't twist it left or back too far (which I do on the drives).
Tonight I am in Wichita Falls, TX. I plan to be in Texas for quite awhile, easily as long as in California and hit at least 50 courses. Probably south and west from here, zigzagging back through Austin again, then the same route as 2 years ago, back up towards Dallas after Houston and into Arkansas sometimes around early November, depending on the courses in my way.
Thanks AaronV for the heads up on the new course in Lawton, good thing there was because the other two listed aren't even there anymore, and it seems they used the old baskets for this new course.
No pictures from today due to rain.
Pauls Valley, OK- Pauls Valley Flightline:Incredibly wide open, I only came within 5 feet of hitting a tree on one hole where I threw up and over a tree. Never hit one, not even a branch. It's basically White Park, Bowling Green KY without the OB but with less distance and less trees (and shorter tee pads). Great tee signs though, the best ever? made of solid blocks of Granite, polished, showing the fairway, par, length. Easy to navigate and flows pretty well. Grass not mowed well enough to throw a roller. A few mandos. Could get windy but wasn't today, just rain. Do not touch the trees with your disc (as if you could, trying) because many have thick poison ivy vines up the sides. No rough/water/hardly a chance of going road OB on a few holes. The front is much shorter than the back, overall very easy I shot -10 in rain, with a head/neck ache and not warming up.
Duncan, OK- Simmons Center:Super easy again (-7/9 holes) nearly wide open and flat course in a thin strip of park land beside a community center and some woods. If your shot goes into the woods (and a Pro is not likely ever to do that) be prepared to step through a solid WALL of poison ivy to go look for it. Well maintained, very clean. The grass tees are actually grass not mud pits, which was nice. Well marked. Most holes 200-250, with a tree or two to throw around. A couple holes shoot through a line of trees. Most play right along the woods but no obstacles.
Lawton, OK- Elmer Thomas:Brand new course, but has old Mach-1 baskets. Extremely well marked, two large color map signs, each tee sign intact and very informative, including next tee waymarkers so you can never get confused here. Dual grass/mud/clay tees (need to be cemented soon, as several were incredibly slippery due to the clay, I could spin in circles on one heel, unable to even plant my foot to throw safely). Very long, but many holes just out of reach for your typical big arm park shot opportunity, so having one doesn't help that much. A few mandos, one used in a silly way. 3 holes tee near a road and a griplock shot could go on the road. The lake only comes into play on 1 hole, and it'd take a pretty bad shot to get wet even there. Good use of trees to make some holes as tight as possible, some wide open too. A few small hills.