My putter cracked to the center!
On a drive, and still ended up parked. What a tragedy. It has been in the bag for 3 of the last 4 years straight, an old D Challenger, orange, worn-in like no other, that special plastic that was just better than the new ones.
That's the second Challenger I cracked this year, last time is was near freezing and a Crystal Z, this time it was in the mid-80's and a D. Very upsetting. Must have been brittle from years of use and weather exposure, 3 years of road trips sitting in a hot car, 4 winters of golf, etc.
Texarkana, TX- Spring Lake:A nice park full of lines of tall pine trees, sometimes really tight and sometimes spaced out, with a few long open holes in a grassy field. The ground is somewhat sandy. Well maintained besides a few large, fallen trees not cleared up from the storm, one blocking a fairway. Good variety. Many, many deuce opportunities, no true par 4. Roc/Buzz shots are the norm. It's 22 holes, but the 'extra' 4 holes have no signs or marking explaining when to play them during the round and where to find them. I saw them, figured them out eventually, and LOST A DISC in a sewer-ditch playing them. Easy, I shot -13 for 22 holes, -10 for 18. The cement tees are horrible when wet, it's like ice, very slippery and dangerous, no way to get a smooth safe run-up even with good shoes. Poorly marked, when I pulled in to the parking lot I found #15, and didn't figure out til after #18 that it had be re-numbered, and #1 is now in a different spot (haven't checked to see if that's been updated). Then, most signs are broken and those alt. holes have no markings but clearly visible dirt tee splotches. Could use a map at the bulletin board. Similar to Langan Park in Mobile, AL and Brahan(m?) Springs in Hunstville, AL, like a mix between the two.
Hot Springs, AR- Cedar Glades:An amazing kick-in-the pants course, up and down steep gulleys in TIGHT yet not rough woods and mountain areas. One holes plays along a crystal clear rock bottom creek that you wish you would land in, so you'd have to cool off in it. If you can break 54 from longs you're really tearing it up. Get those 2's early because it gets tough from #6-12 or so. I was -4 on the front 9 at one point, finishing even on the front 9. Features a LEGITIMATE par-5 (nearly a par-6!) that shoots downhill from the tee, through a narrow tunnel that opens then closes back up, onto the top of a valley. Then another similar shot with a bowl shaped downhill to the right, trees everywhere. If you can pull off two-350' straight shots in a row and land well, you're in a field still 200-250' out, with a line of trees to clear and woods right behind the basket. There are at least 2 other holes nearly that tough. Well marked, with signs, next tee arrows, and dual tees on half the holes. Tees are boxes of crushed shingles, which work better than crushed gravel or dirt for sure. Good idea someone. The bulletin board had maps, league info., and there's ample parking, free, and a clean restroom. Ivy is not really an issue here either. Potential rival for top-rated course when worked on a bit more, cement tees and more people go out to the middle of nowhere to play it. The best part, when you kick off the fairway hard on a 500' hole along a ridge, and you will, you can easily get to and find your disc and play from it.
North Little Rock, AR- Burns BLUE:Begins in tight woods with tunnelly shots, then opens up for a bit with a creek bed in play, then back to tight woods to finish. The woods are the clean, clear type, tall rows of pines and needles as the fairways, not much rough or bushes type stuff. Poorly marked, most holes have a post and some signs point you on the way, but with 2 courses side by side, and many types of baskets all over, and the signs ALWAYS being wrong on the Blue side (lengths off by 100's of feet, image drawn on not accurate) it is tough to figure out sometimes. The better of the 2 courses by far, if not just because it's tailored to my game and Red is not.
North Little Rock, AR- Burns RED:Insanely tight wooded alleys up and down small rocky hills in tight pines. One hole throws over a small ridge to a basket a few feet from a fence, highway beyond the fence (far away). A PVC pipe hangs from some wires in the middle of the fairway, acting as a man-made swinging tree obstacle, don't ask what that was about I don't know. Tricky to navigate as well. Some holes so short it's painful trying not to overshoot with a putter. Some holes so tight you may take a 4 on a 200' hole. Overall well balanced, but each hole can be highly favorable to one shot type.