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My phone might be broken, it turns off and on for no reason all the time now. It might have to do with bad service, but I did a hard-reset and erased it, and it's still happening. So I might not be online very often at all for a long time if I can't fix this.

Most of today was spent getting dumped on by rain and covered in mud, trying to navigate really poorly thought and layed out courses with minimal signage.

Belden, MS- Old Warrior Run (Trace State Park!):A nice mix of of holes and terrain. 3 distinct areas, grassy hills dotted with trees, wide open flat along a lakeshore, and tightly wooded and hilly. The woods holes ALL favor lefty, while most of the water shots favor righties, I guess you'd call that balanced. Cement tees, great metal tee signs shaped like a cow's skull in a dreamcatcher. Well manicured, 3$ state park fees, disc for sale at gate which is at the 10th hole, after all the water shots, a smart move on their part. Get a map/scorecard. There is a 520' slightly downhill straight hole with water on BOTH sides, fairway maybe 80' wide at the most, with slopes toward water on both sides.

New Albany, MS- Tallahatchie Trails:It would take a small miracle to figure this place out. First off, the guide says to go to 'Park Along The River' which apparently is a different part of this park, but there's no signs telling you where that is, the directions were written by and for locals only, clearly. I pull straight into the main park gates as I usually do, drive around for 5 minutes looking for any sign of disc golf. There is none. I spot a building with lights on, and go in to find a lady who gave me a map and told me how to actually enter the park through the small right turn in front of the gates by the road instead. The map is woefully inadequate by the way, just showing how the holes curve, it's not to scale, has no length, is often flat out wrong and has no features of the land on it. I go down that road to find a locked gate leading to an underpass. I park and walk down the trail, using the map to see if I was going the right way. The FIRST tee pad is about 3/4 Mile straight down follow the power lines. Yes literally 3/4 mile, so signs. It's also poorly marked and practically hidden in plain sight. I never found a tee for #6. Other times throughout the round, you have to cross under the highway a few times, cross a barbed wire fence, and squeeze through another chain link fence. Basically, if you do not know the right entrance to take and ALSO do not get the map, it wouldn't be possible to navigate this course. Someone needs to do something about that, it's absurdity. The course itself is alright, full of long bomber shots in a mixed open grassy area. The river doesn't come into play. There are a few tight tunnels at the start. Cement tees have the length and hole number. I beg someone to please fix these issues, such as posting a map online, marking the right park entrance with a 'disc golf this way' sign, and updating the directions so that someone from out of town can find it easily. Thanks!

Oxford, MS- T.E. Avents:More problems with navigation. It says 1st tee 100 yds to right. I walk to the right and find nothing, circling the entire park counter-clockwise for 10 minutes trying to find it. I do find the back 4, then the front 5 across the park. The baskets don't match the tees, the 2-3 tees that even have any number on the wooden post at all, and it's not the same as the one on the basket. I never truly found #1's tee, as the patch of dirt that it clearly was didn't have any sign! Then I had to figure out the next few holes by trial-and-error, still can't be sure I was ever right. The back 4 holes are far from the rest, no sign saying to go that way. Supposed to have dual tees, but since not even one is well marked, it's purely safari golf. Again I urge someone to do something about that, like, oh, maybe taking a sharpie out and writing the hole # on the wooden post at the tee?? I can't comment on the design, as I don't know it. Partially wooded rolling hills around other park activities in the center. Very muddy in the rain, some tees hard to stand on let alone drive off of.

Oxford, MS- Ole Miss:This one wasn't in the directory but I got it from online. Again, poor directions. It says something like 'left at intramural road past soccer fields and park by fields' but what it meant was left by those fields, but park about a half mile further down the road at ANOTHER set of fields. Man that was confusing. The course itself is well marked, has a msg. board, scorecards. Tees are horrible, boxes of deep water (raining today) and mud, sometimes too slick to stand on, I had to use the wooden beams to support my foot on the throw. Extremely tight, maybe the tightest ever. Tighter than PawPaw. Absurdly tight sometimes, with no shot at all. Some actually do have a fairway, it's just really tight and only 134' long usually. Steep hilly woods. A few open holes. One shot over a road from hill-to-hill. 1 raised basket, and I just love those..

Don't know when I'll have internet again or where I'm going next. The lack of anything down here is driving me crazy.

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Comment by Clayton Nash on October 16, 2008 at 8:54pm
now that I've read through your trip through most of north MS, I'll add a comment here for you to read - I live in Tupelo, which is basically the only city of any size in northeast MS. as a local pro, in order to survive the courses up here, you have to develop a good putter/mid-range turnover shot, or as you said, a good side arm

due to the size of the cities, there just aren't enough players to develop the courses as much as is necessary... tupelo is doing a good job, but only with about 10-15 active volunteers, but disc golf, like everything else in MS, tends to be behind, so it'll hopefully get better in time - we need to develop more tournament players who can experience courses & tournaments in other states, and bring this knowledge home with them (me and a few friends try, but there is only so much we can do)

thanks for the blog, and look forward to hearing what you have to say about other courses I've played
Comment by Clayton Nash on October 16, 2008 at 7:52pm
the 2 courses in oxford are 2 of the worst - designed by people who have little to no disc golf experience

at new albany, the city does not want any standing signs to be allowed and there is no local player base just yet to do any course work - its a well designed course that needs the things you mentioned - I'll have to get a group of tournament players together to go out there and do some work
Comment by skinner on October 16, 2008 at 7:38pm
The signal SHOULD get better as you go further South towards Jackson, MS...hang in there! Did you get a chance to drive along any of the Natchez Trace parkway?

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