Stupid ******-******* hurricane Ike just ruined my trip.
Oh and I got an ace today, but too frustrated to really care, plus it was only 110'.
It's VERY CLEAR now that going to Houston or anywhere nearby is out of the question, not just for this week but for the rest of the trip. That area was going to fill a week of my time, and since I'm already way ahead of schedule in terms of where I am in the country, I don't know where to go or what to do next. I can always finish early and save a little bit.
- The highway in San Antonio has signs flashing "DO NOT DRIVE TOWARDS HOUSTON".
- Houston is cordoned off, businesses all closed, streets flooded, power out and no food or water.
- Even if I could get there, there'd be no place to stay, eat and no way to play disc golf even if there was.
- The refugees are already here and the news said many more are coming on buses. It took them an hour to check me into my room and I booked this one days ago in preparation for Ike. Every hotel room between San Antonio-Austin-Waco and beyond is supposed to be booked, so I can't even go there got to go straight to Dallas and skip another large metro area as well.
- If I leave the area, it will be easier on the refugees who actually need the hotel rooms.
Tonight will be spent planning and thinking and ripping my hair out until I pass out, nothing compared to those who lived in Houston.
Bandera, TX- Bandera City:A very cool course, playing through flat area with trees, vines, bushes, a river, tall grass, cacti and lots of rough. No ivy spotted even though rough, in Texas and down by the river. Grass/dirt tees, mostly well enough marked. I got a map from a local mowing the other side of the park, but the course was well overdue for mowing. 2 long holes with a small gap between rows of trees at the end, option to go for it or lay up to there. One downhill tunnel shot towards the river, which is shallow, pristine, lined with tall thick trees and full of large fish. Those prickly things I keep finding out west that stick to your skin and clothes will cover your legs.
San Antonio, TX- Nani Falcone:Ace hole #5, 110', Crystal Challenger. Very easy, in fact so easy i shot possibly my best round of the year on it, a -9 on 9 holes. 7-2's, a 3 on the 550' hole, and the ace. Almost wide open, with just a few spare tiny trees, flat and grassy park. Not challenging for any skill level, no tight shot. Well marked, great tees. Just need a driver and a putter, driver for 3-4 holes, putter for driving the rest and for putting. Carrying a bag is a BIG wasted effort trust me. CON: 800' walk from parking lot to course.
San Antonio, TX- McClain:Definitely intends to be a local favorite, it's super tight and uses some great disc golf land. Very well marked, SUPERBLY (except there needs to be a sign pointing to #10, because #18 is right by #9 and not only did I play it wrong the other group behind me did too and came up when I was on #14 to ask where #10 was) maintained, even the woods get mowed. It's the kind of land that needs that or it will get overgrown fast. Cement tees, sign, map. Balanced, but many holes highly favor one type of shot or another, so a play-off wouldn't last long. Very tight, some holes offer almost no option but to hit a tiny window and often (way too often because i Hate low ceilings) through a low ceiling. Mesquite trees, thorns, barbed-wire like vines, cacti, rocks, and a creek. One basket on top of a rock cliff in the woods, after a long sharp right turn. The first hole shoots downhill through a canopy of trees that would be a low ceiling from a flat tee, but it's up high on a rock wall. If you go high, be prepared to get stuck in a tree if you hit it. Watch out for water snakes, I saw one. Fun and challenging, will test everybody. A bit too tough/tight for the first time type.