I have been without internet for 2 days, my signal worked in the parking lot briefly so I checked in, soon as I shut the door it's gone for good. No WI-FI. So, I either have to find a hotel with it or get out of this area and skip some courses. This is getting to be way too much of a hassle. I can't plan ahead now without a phone or internet, and I can't get on to check messages and update days worth of courses.
Monday October 13th:
These will be brief as I am extremely irritated about having no internet.
I stocked up on discs at Wall Doxey State Park today because they are so cheap, even getting some Bosses even though I didn't want to because they were 13$. I threw one 443' (+-14 and it looked +) in the practice field on tuesday, after just playing 74 holes.
I met up with Valerie Hoover (Grace Rose- who is surprisingly good and has great form, watch out ladies) and Larry (thanks for the hospitality, 1:00 AM hand car-wash and the eggs) from on this site at their private yard course in Walnut. We ended up playing 2 rounds, the second one mostly in the dark with glow discs, creating a new layout so I could get my 900th courses there. I had a great time there. Val is as clumsy as she claims, falling several times in flip flops in the dark in the woods, and spilling a giant glass of ice water all over me! Thanks Val!
Holly Springs, MS- Wall Doxey Spring Creek:Well marked, clean tight old woods with some nice hills and features. All short and tight, no open holes or anything long. Many holes are poke and pray, or so tight it's tough even though you can park it with a mini. I found it to be easier than the other course in the park though.
Holly Springs, MS- Wall Doxey Turkey Hollow:This one begins with a sort of open and long hole, but then is all tight and short, with a few medium length holes. It gets pretty tough, and has some tougher fairways than the other side. Favors lefty or at least requires a RH player to have a wicked sidearm.
Walnut, MS- Fern Gulley:In the backyard, woods behind the home of the Hoover's. Private, unlisted. Has many baskets and tees, which can literally be moved throughout the round to set-up a hole for later. A few semi-open holes near the house and road, the rest very tight and tunnelly, mostly straight and no real big or sharp doglegs. A small creek. Some thorns and a razor wire fence OB, not much rough. Plays tough and fun. No long shots. Some hills. 5$ if you hit the house.
Walnut, MS- Fern Gulley2:Well it was pitch-black out and the same piece of land, just used different holes since he has about 72 holes to pick from in his head out here.
Tuesday October 14th:
Brief, due to lack of civilization in these 3rd-world country conditions in the south.
I still didn't have internet tonight, so this might be days late when it makes it online, as I need to be in this bum-town another day still.
I played the last 3 rounds with Will Corey, who got me by a few strokes. Thanks for showing me around and coming to Tishomingo as well.
Pickwick Dam (Counce), TN- Pickwick Plantation:Beautiful landscape of large steep grassy (some not mowed too well and full of bugs and dew) dotted with tall, limb-less trees. A plantation house/clubhouse towers over the course from the middle. Private, fee $3-5. Bathroom, course map, dual tee signs and dual cement tees. Several small creeks, not nearly enough water to lose a disc. From the long tees most holes play 350+', with a few par-4's and not many gimmies. Scenic and challenging elevation shots to greens. Some tight woods holes, almost all (about 4) I did not like the design of, at least not with the current branches growing out into the only approach at the basket. If you re-designed those holes or cleaned them up, swept the layers of wet leaves and grass off the tees, and mowed some of the higher grass, this could be a 4.5/5 star world class course. As is, it's amazing and tournament worthy, a must play along this area.
Florence, AL- Veteran's:Most holes play along or between lines of woods, with a few really tight woods holes and a few open. If you go in the rough it can get nasty with kudzu vines. Views of the gigantic dam from one hole. Multiple pin positions and most have some signage, navigable, carpet-dirt tees. A few long holes. Hilly and grassy.
Tishomingo- Warrior's Ridge:In unique woods full of giant rock piles like mini quarrys. One basket is down inside an almost complete square of 15' high straight walls of rock, if you come up short basically you have to throw down there and safely walk around to putt out. A few others are gaurded by walls and piles of car sized rocks. You could fall and get hurt if not being careful. Really, really tight holes, most to the point of absurdity in my opinion. You can throw a good shot and kick off deep into the woods and have no way back out, or throw a bad shot and squeak through to the basket, or over it and keep going out of bounds over a road without hitting one tree even though it was off fairway the entire time...Sidearm is a must for righties, at both courses here, and at all courses in this area apparently! Carpet and dirt tees, well marked. Nothing open and nothing long at all.
I don't know when I will have internet or a phone probably not tomorrow, it is and will be tough planning. I hope my head doesn't explode. How do people live down here? The outward racism alone is frightening.