Man was it ever flooded in Lubbock though! 8.22" of rain in a day, the previous record was 5.50".
So many roads closed off, schools canceled, boats washed away, some houses with water in them by the course, nearly 1/3rd of the holes in town were underwater, some in a new lake and some in raging waters from an overflown run-off by a dam. It made for a tough day. Thanks, Mike for showing me what you could at Buffalo Springs.
Check out the pictures of underwater baskets if I can upload them!
I have to seriously plan out my route now, just don't know if Houston will be accessible in 2 weeks or not. Patiently watching CNN all night.
Lubbock, TX- McAlister:Partially submerged in a lake right now, with several tees and baskets unplayable, hundreds of feet out into a lake. The ground and tees are WAY too muddy (clay) to play on a wet day as well, I couldn't even take one step on tees without slipping, and my discs continually chunked up with clay, as well as my shoes. Almost entirely wide open, flat and long, with some man made bumps in the ground. Tees marked by #'ed blocks of wood.
Lubbock, TX- Buffalo Springs Lake:Mostly unplayable as well, with the bridge to cross being nearly washed out, had to use a 4 wheel drive golf cart to plunge through the water to get over it, and another bridge had deep water flowing over it in rapids. Several baskets and tees underwater. Interesting design, some very tight holes through mesquite trees along a river and a cliff. One tee from an amphitheater stage. Not well marked (vandals ruined all but 1 sign), home-made (by Mike) baskets work real well and are bright orange. Hopefully it will heal well and be playable soon.
Lubbock, TX- Diamondback Ridge:Brand new currently unmarked object course in dense woods and fields below the dam just across from Buffalo Springs, in the same park. A work in progress, many holes are not cut-out yet and it probably won't be really playable until late this year or next year. Both courses to eventually be marked and have tees of some sort. This course had a river raging through the back half, impossible to play and you'd die if you tried. Will be tough, unique and fun eventually, with some water hazards, tight tunnels, varied land and a large downhill shot to begin with.
Sweetwater, TX- Newman:The back 9 is much longer than the front, across the parking lot, and not as well maintained, with high grass. Both sides have a creek running through, clearly they didn't get the rain here because I didn't need a towel and the creek was a few inches deep. Home made baskets reject anything that hits from the side due to stiff chains. Nice tee pads, no signs but #'s and length stenciled onto pads (this should be done at every course without signs but with pads....). Begins with some short, mostly open holes with well placed trees and a few mandos. Ends with longer, open tee shots but well guarded baskets and a few shots by a pond. The only elevation is man-made.
Abilene, TX- Will Hair:2 baskets are stolen! Only 2 tees have signs, the rest are marked with washed-over wooden boards, hard/impossibly to navigate properly. The layout forces some long aimless walks, like #2 being 500' to the right of #1, with no sign pointing you to it (another hole would go well along that walk). Angry dogs bark on holes 2-3. One long open hole, the rest lightly trees. One shot downhill, across a creek, to a well protected basket. Another shoots through a gap, uphill to a basket near the top of the hill, a raging creek below if you come up short or low. Bad grass tees can't be used well when wet (clay, again). Mega ant colonies.