We got a solid crew together and went back to Treehaven over the weekend. Randy the Platty Daddy was again leading the way, bringing all his experience and insight. Along on this trip were three solid golfers and all love to play and readily donate time to our disc golf community. Steve Suhaysik, a current VP in the Ace Holes; Dan Hergie, a transplanted Madison disc junkie (like myself), and Mike Krause, a solid Ace Hole and Bud Hill veteran.
Our efforts were focused on laying out the holes on the south side of the road. After walking the plot of land several times, dodging deer droppings and at least one skeleton, we found at least 10 holes. Of those, I would say at least seven have potential to be fantastic holes.
One of the unique aspects of this land is the variety of tree stands that we'll play through. The final product should showcase a beautiful variety of trees, which will meld nicely with the environmental education mission of the facility.
After plotting out the best of what we saw, we spent four hours hacking, slashing and stacking. On holes with lots of fallen trees we used the dead wood to fill in holes and begin to line fairways. The pole saw got a good work out as we began to groom fairways.
We capped the day off with a quick tour of the first six holes. The holes look good, but they need a good scouring and some wood chipping.
On the next trip we need to find the last two holes. We do have several options, including a 200 by 800 foot strip of land on the north side. We will also plant the anchors for four holes, which will make that six ready for baskets. If we can get enough to join in the fun we'll be able to get those six ready for play over that weekend.
And if all goes well, we will have Duster Don Hoffman along for one of the next work parties. The courses he designs are among my favorites, so I cannot wait to get his insight and opinions on what we are doing.
(Treehaven is near Tomahawk, Wisconsin, and is the site of the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources (CNR) summer camp.)