Today I played 3 of the 4 Worlds 2006 courses (having already played them). The Hippodrome had a locked gate blocking entry, but I could see baskets back there! I then ran into the guy responsible for that at Riverview, and he may be able to open it for me Wednesday and play it, and also a new course there which would be sweet. It's a whole new, mush easier layout I've heard but still anticipating that.
Just finished up my interview with Steve K at Pdga Radio, don't know when that airs.
***North Augusta, SC- Riverview:***Slightly different layout- #4 had a ton of trees on the left short and early cut out since 2006, but not really a difference if you make it down the fairway off the tee. Then #9 I believe, the wicked basket-on-a-hill with a creek way down below has been moved long, to behind the creek down the hill. Well maintained, half tight woods and hills half more open and flatter. A few memorable trick shots, like #2 which is one of the toughest sub-200' holes, throwing over a ridge trying to throw a slight 's', turn it over and risk soaring deep into woods down steep hill toward Savannah River. Needs a few next tee markers if I hadn't already known it like the back of my hand it'd have been tough to find a few holes.
Augusta, GA- Lake Olmstead:Plays back and forth and crisscrossing a narrow strip of park on a hillside slanting sharply down to the muddy lake. Water so brown you can't find your disc, and often in play. A few severe lakeside shots, like #17 the most infamous hole of that year's worlds possibly. Near 500', with one tree about 150' up and in the middle, lake on the right the entire length, a steep hillside on the left, and an ONLY 10 foot wide not quite flat landing area as a fairway, with a curve to make it blind it off the tee. Most shots will go right in water or find some way to roll into it, since I was facing a 40mph headwind, I threw a Wasp gently a few times before gunning the 3rd shot to get a 4, not taking the risk off the tee. I was fortunate to witness 2 very attractive young ladies playing tongue war on #8's fairway! #2 is changed- big guard tree is GONE, basket is placed longer and closer to road. #16's tee has a fence right in the way, the contractors obviously didn't give a crap about disc golfers when they put it in for the nearby Gazebo.
Augusta, GA- Pendleton King:Some changes too- #6 severely shortened no longer a drastic hole over rough with fence and road to avoid. #8 new, old #9? missing. New #18 uses corner of sidewalk near dumpster by #1 basket to shoot at #2 pin. Next year the ENTIRE course is being taken out anyways, being replaced with a new one in the woods off to the side of the park. I played 24 holes, because I joined some guys I had met at the club meeting after the start of my round.
BTW Blo-Flies can't be used as drivers! Learned that the hard way. It does make an interesting putter.
The CORE is a sick new midrange, has some potential but I haven't figure out what. Flies better than Buzz at slow speed, but can't handle a headwind even though overstable/straight. Like a thinner Buzz that fights to stay straight but can go left or right, it changes speed halfway through it's flight it accelerates then stops fast.
I no longer had to drive to Atlanta so tomorrow is spent at the IDGC.