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I have made it..800 courses.


Stillwater, OK- Boomer Lake:Mix of long and medium holes in a slightly hilly, open park setting nearby a lake. There is only one water hazard, hole #6, a 200' to clear water ace run hole with an alt. tee for those who fear it. A 730' hole playing downhill, with busy 4 lane road on left and park road on right but little to no trees is signature. Poorly marked due to vandals, and hard to find- the directions were flat out written wrong. Unmarked poles that used to hold signs mark tees that sometimes don't face the basket, which has no number either. I sorta fixed all that with a Sharpie. A low rock wall must be crossed 3 times, with trees lining it on both sides. Well maintained, cement tees.


Stillwater, OK- Hoyt Grove:The future of disc golf, as in the parks systems won't keep mowing our courses as gas prices rise unless the course is in part of the park used by other people. The few tee signs in existence show mowed grass as the entire course, now it exists as up to 8' high grass lining fairways, sometimes only mowed 10' wide. Very easy to lose a disc off the fairway, and combined with low branches, the grass gets so high it can actually block the route to the pin. Hole #7 has a hidden creek to the left that can't be seen from the tee, I'm really glad I didn't end up left of the fairway and lose a disc because of that. Minor poison ivy. Lots of holes in the 300' range, shooting through tree tunnels and a few partially open, plenty of woods though. Poorly marked due to vandals also, maybe only 6 signs still there, hard to even tell where the first tee was. But despite that, and due to the grass not being mowed well, it's easy to follow just take the mowed path. Semi-worth playing even in rough shape, hopefully they'll bring it back to life someday.

Tulsa, OK- McClure:My 800th course at current count. I played with Mike and Rick. It was a 2006 Am Worlds course, probably a different layout though. Also most signs ruined by vandals, leaving unmarked metal signs without #'s. Even hole #1 does not indicate it is the first hole, and is hard to find under a tree tucked between two buildings and not visible from the street or parking lot. Well maintained lush green grassy park, mix of wide open, a few trees per hole and some tighter holes. It has a few super short holes, and a few really long 500' or so holes. A creek comes into play, signs say it can flood the entire park and be dangerous, but was currently clear and shallow, easy to retrieve a disc from. Some small hill, road/houses OB. Good layout forcing variety of shots, wind is a factor.

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Comment by Bill Burns on September 8, 2008 at 1:27pm
I read, from a link to a page maintained by Alan Upshot Brown, that he has postponed his quest due to the high cost of gas. Not cancelled, but postponed.
Comment by Calico Jack on September 6, 2008 at 12:13pm
Congrats Ben! I'm hoping to something just like this someday soon.
Comment by Kyle Jacob Smalling on September 6, 2008 at 10:45am
Ben, what are the chances that at your next course with a longish hole, you can take a video of your form?

I'm interested to see you drive.
Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on September 6, 2008 at 8:23am
Greg Hosfeld for more than a decade has held the record for courses played. When he heard about Ben's trip, he went on the road earlier this summer to try to beat Ben to 1,000. When he went on the road he had about 830. He now has 930 to Ben's 800, although it took Greg more years to get there than Ben is old.

Greg just took a couple weeks off the road, but plans to head back out. His blog is here. So Ben needs 200 to get to 1,000 and Hos needs 70. However, Hos plans to stop at 1,000, while Ben will keep going for awhile.

A third player, Alan 'Upshot' Brown, was raising money quite successfully to go on the road in August and spend several years trying to play every single course in the US. However, I haven't heard a peep out of him recently and he was not at Worlds, where he was to have begun his tour.
Comment by Rick and 2-Guns on September 6, 2008 at 2:02am
BEN WHATZZ UP!!! T-TOWN BOYS RICK AND MIKE GOOD RUN TODAY YOUR A TOUGH GUY TO BET.GOOD SHIT MY BROTHA!! GOOD LUCK ON YOUR TOUR!!BE SAFE!!
Comment by The Miniac on September 6, 2008 at 1:51am
Congrats Ben! I hope we can share a round on our respective tours.
Hos
Comment by Jamie 'gr8rocshot' Ruane on September 5, 2008 at 9:49pm
200 to go!!! ...focus!!! ...eye of the tiger!!!
Comment by Kyle Jacob Smalling on September 5, 2008 at 9:25pm
800, woot!

I'm serious homie, gotta come back to central indiana for a few courses
Comment by Garrett Graham on September 5, 2008 at 6:55pm
well done ben hope your having fun. whats the record for courses played
Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on September 5, 2008 at 6:46pm
Go, Ben, go! Congrats on the 800. Too bad you didn't get an Ace during that round!

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