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I paid my first visit to Taylor Lake Park in Largo FL, where I went and lost my favorite orange Champion Sidewinder into the drink off of hole #11. Bad throw. Switched to it from my Star Roadrunner at the last second, and that's what I get. I fixed the problem with a hop over to the Clearwater Disc Golf Store (www.gdisc.com) before coming back home... now I have a lighter (161g) Champion Sidewinder in red, so the lighter weight will probably help my throwing.

Now what about the park? I hate to try and rate a park after only the first visit (as well as mulling the lost Sidewinder), but my first impressions are: it's gorgeous. Most of the course runs along the west side of Taylor Lake, and the view - even with the morning fog faintheartedly trying to lift - is pretty awesome. The course itself is relatively open, but you will encounter a lot of pine tree obstacles along much of the back nine. I chatted briefly with an older gentleman who was playing a round, and he warned me about the back nine! Some of the holes seem short to me, but then some of the holes at North Water Tower Park are starting to look short, so I don't know. They did a nice job of laying out the course with the area they had to work with, sporting excellent tee signs and tees (some with dual that I saw, maybe all?) and Chainstar baskets. I ended up parring 9 holes and +9. About average for me, and at a new course...?

It's definitely worth a visit (especially if you're a disc golf fiend like I seem to be lately), but just watch yourself on hole #11... keep it way right!

Brain

www.stonetrek.com

1/24/08

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