Today was dis-heartening but otherwise great. I lost my FLX Drone in a lagoon in Indiana, and my ESP Force in a pond in Ohio. The first was a decent shot that hit off a limb, the other I didn't know there was water behind the basket, it was a blind deceiving hill. I got wet, covered in 1' of mud for one, for both. No luck. Had to go shower the mud off I tried that hard..Got pretty lucky on the weather, too. It was between 60-80 today during the day, and the rain held off during my rounds, but rained between. Mostly calm cool air, it felt great.
Ft. Wayne- East and West Swinney:These two courses are across the river from each other, East is new West is really old. Both have cement pads, West is well marked and East is not. West is mostly open but with medium tree coverage- no "wood" holes but plenty of trees to hit. Mostly flat with a few small hills, it's in a flood plain and was very wet, some water in fairways several feet deep. Grassy and well maintained. Plays real easy, no par-4's but some hazards include a river, creek and lagoon. You can drive off every hole without worry about hitting something early. Well designed and overall pretty decent. East is longer, with one hole playing along a pond where getting wet is a probability. Its not as well maintained, some un-mowed grass. A bit tougher, several long holes with lines to throw.
Dayton, OH- Arthur O. Fisher:Very nice, slightly scenic course that is mostly open. It has some newer trees, not many old mature ones. Great design testing all shots. Water hazard-algae and dead fish floating on the edge, don't go in past #10 and lose a disc like I did. Well maintained, clean, good tees and signs. Great for a city-park type course. There are 6 extra holes-these are new, marked and everything but different land, comes with high grass, ivy, thorns, etc. They are also longer and tougher, of course. Worth checking out, could play with just 5 discs.
Dayton- Belmont:The best course on this leg of the trip so far. It has large, rolling hills in play, with valley, downhill, uphill and sidehill shots. Great tees/signs, map and bulletin board. The course was packed, some locals already members of this site! It's well mowed, very clean no trash, no rough at all. Plays near some houses and a road which can add trouble for a bad shot. Has a few holes that challenge a Pro, one hole at 600'. Great use of the land and trees.