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So, it started out in the upper 40's with rain and winds of 30+mph for the first 3 rounds. Bowling Green (OH)- Carter, Findlay- Firestine, Findlay- Riverbend Trail (saw poison ivy already), Upper Sandusky- Reservoir, Ada- ONU (had to skip 2 holes according to the scorecards disc golfers MUST yield to rugby games, Bucyrus- Aumiller, and then finally Marion- Sawyer Ludwig.

115 holes from 7:30 am to 8:00pm.

I decided to camp, so I found a site online and went to it. This is where the **** hit the fan. Tent #1 won't go up even though I have used it before and tested it out the week before I left. Tent #2 then takes over 25 minutes in the pitch black (it's a 6 person tent) to set-up. So now it's like 9:30 and i'm extremely tired. I go to fill up my air mattress, and find my car-battery charger that has a built in 12-volt outlet for the air mattress pump is broken, apparently the button snapped off because stuff is packed so tight.

I headed home (only 3 hours away anyway) for the night instead, resting at a truck stop on the way until 2 am. I need to get new stuff, re-pack, re-plan. Very disappointing, but the way I see it I still got 7 courses in for about 100$, that's way below budget-per-course. It cost less to come home then go to a hotel, and I'm going to head SE toward and around Toledo on Monday.

I could sure use some places to stay I'm just not up to the whole camping thing.

All day the winds averaged up to 50+, making it hard to walk into let alone throw, so I didn't get a realistic experience of throwing those courses.
Course reviews-
Carter is a mostly wide-open field, with some low ceiling short trees to weave in and out of. Good design for what it has, not challenging.
Firestine is well designed for an open-park setting, has some water in play potentially.
Riverbend Trail is pretty hard to follow, as it goes around in a giant loop, sometimes with 1,500 ft walks between holes. Some holes are ridiculously tight or short, with baskets tucked away in poorly thought out placements.
Reservoir's front 9 is open with some trees no rough, longer than back 9. Several holes are sweet, several are silly. The back 9 is in a flood plain, and you can see cornstalks dangling 15' up in trees covered in dry mud, so it was all underwater recently. The back is too tight, some holes require poke-n-pray methods.
ONU is the best course of the day, very busy campus with other sports sadly had to skip a few holes. From the longs, it is well over 7,000 ft with many par 4's and a par 5 or two. Some BIG water shots, including a 300' over water 350' hole, that I blew 80' past to be safe. It has good potential for top tier events.
Aumiller starts off very tight BUT actually well designed (finally), many short woods shots with some hills. It looks EXACTLY like the land behind our house that could have been a course. It gets more open and flat in the back, with some river-edge holes and long shots. Overall a good course.
Sawyer-Ludwig is yet another mix of too open and too tight, with one hole literally having no fairway, just random trees blocking all angles to the basket!

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Comment by Ben Calhoun on April 29, 2008 at 4:32pm
I will be at Ashtabula OH (lakeshore) around 6 pm tuesday april 29th for round 6 of the day
Comment by Kwilliamson on April 28, 2008 at 5:36pm
Blue Heron is a great course....one of my favorites
Comment by Ben Calhoun on April 28, 2008 at 1:27pm
just played the course in Tiffin Ohio..very nice though short n open, good enjoyable course
ate at subway..on the road 45 mins from Norwalk OH to play Great Blue Heron
Comment by Heather Losey McGeachy on April 28, 2008 at 12:44pm
Hi Ben!
If you get out to Washington State you can always stay with Jon and I! Good luck!
Comment by Rizbee on April 28, 2008 at 12:23pm
I think you'll find that disc golf road-tripping and camping don't mix well, erspecially if you are trying to play a lot of courses. We have always found on our trips that we feel the urge to play until the sun goes down, which means we don't have enough light to set up camp. You gotta choose one or the other. Impressive # of holes for one day. I guess it's a lot easier to rack up holes in a day in the Midwest where there are ots of courses... Don't give up, I need the vicarious disc golf fix at work!!!

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