I have spent the last few days getting caught up on my mapping of the two most interesting disc golf tours going on this summer (at least as far as I know...)
Where Ben's Been Map #1
and Map #2
- I have been following Ben Calhoun's trip now for a few months. It is exremely ambitious - the most ambitious disc golf road trip that I have heard of so far (that has actually occurred - Alan Brown's trip is supposed to begin in about a month). Ben has covered the upper Midwest, New England (except for Rhode Island), the northern Atlantic Seaboard and the northern Plains states. My rough count is that he has played 285 courses while on this trip
Ben's descriptions of the courses are pretty straight-forward. While I think he has mellowed in his reviews over time I think he still shoots pretty straight with his assessments. I have played a handful of the courses he has documented and our assessments are pretty close. There's not a lot of extra fluff in his blog postings (here on discgolfers'r'us), but we have learned about a few of the car problems he has run into and that he does not like ticks, poison ivy or blind disc golf holes. He also is very partial to his Rhyno putter. He has been taking lots of great pictures and a few videos, which you can find on his home page, his ID is Ben Calhoun.
The Miniac Tour
- This is the travelling road show of former PDGA World Champ and several time mini Disc Golf World Champ Gregg Hosfeld. Gregg decided to hit the road after he heard of Ben's trip and Ben's goal to play 1,000 courses. Gregg has been keeping track of the courses he has played since the late 1970's (he sent me the list several weeks ago) and has now played over 850 different courses. Since he has played so many courses, a lot of the one's that Gregg is playing on his trip are rather obscure - not always the "must play" courses in an area. Gregg has been out on the road now for over 20 days.
He is blogging his trip on a web site sponsored by discgolfcenter.com: The One Grand Disc Golf Tour
. Gregg's blog is quite humorous, given that he is a pretty funny and outspoken guy. He has also been incorporating pictures into his blogg posts, and I have added many of them to the Google Maps. Gregg is selling CFR discs to help fund his trip. He is also running some frisbee clinics and doing some shows along the way for pay (he is a professional juggler and comedian, you know), but is always on the lookout for a couch to crash on. His ID on this site is The Miniac, if you have a couch available and he's heading in your direction.
Ben caught a lot of grief earlier in his trip as he travelled through Ohio and Pennsylvania from people who felt his reviews of their local courses were too harsh. Interestingly, Gregg has also been passing through that area and has had similar comments about poor course design in his blog. Hmmmm...
It's been lots of fun following these guys electronically. I'm hoping that Ben will make his way down to San Diego so we can play a few courses down here. Hos? I've played golf with him before (even beat him in a few tournaments 20-something years ago), but he's always welcome on my couch.