I dunno, it may be. Today my ring-finger on my throwing hand began to split open now on top of the middle finger already in a long slow healing process and many large calluses. It was actually bleeding for a bit and I put liquid band-aid on it. My hand looks gross. If it gets worse I may just end it early, finishing up the best courses around (Charlotts, Raleigh) and calling it quite thereafter, not going all over the state and up to Virginia and Tennessee. Who knows, I'll see in a couple days. Already achieved my main goals. It might be the smart thing to do at this point, save up more, be better set for the next stage of life. Possibly have enough to do a small WI-IA-IL-IN trip next summer close to home, a neglected region I need to play more in.
Today didn't go as planned either. I went to the course in Anderson, SC and it was closed and blocked off. I called the course contact and he actually picked up, thanks, and said it's closed for them to put up CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. That's a stupid reason to not be able to get in there. Then, I ran into a guy who played Worlds this year and met my parents, he says the course in Greer is re-opened, but it said online there were no baskets so I crossed it off. So, I played one other course in Greenville because tomorrow will be a long day now.
Tomorrow: Greenville, Greer, Boiling Springs SC.
Tuesday: ROCK HILL!
Toccoa, GA- Stephens County/Rose Lane:Pretty great overall, another example of Georgia making a surprising move up the list of best states to play. Begins with a 350' gentle left curve along a tall fence on the left, a 25' wide grassy fairway, and a 15' man-made drop-off to the right, with the basket literally on the edge, if you land under the basket on the right side it's down the hill. This man-made drop off is used for tees and baskets several times throughout, and some more large hills. Well marked, some dual tees, mostly cement. Well maintained. A few bomber shots, one downhill allowing you to air it out and another uphill making it far out of reach only due to elevation. Back is different, on a hillslope with more trees, no rough. Some rocky ground, lots of leaves. #19 seems just thrown in to begin the extra 6 holes, it's way too narrow and on a steep wooded hillside. A few shots between woods and that man made hill on the left to finish. One 520' field shot. Map online helps to find the first tee, and #15 but not needed. A few mandos not used for safety reasons so I'll just ignore them. No water hazard, no real chance of lost disc.
Seneca, SC- Shaver Rec.:Thick leaf piles this time of year, almost lost a disc several times. In deep woods, beginning in alleys through short, new pine forest then moving mostly into hardwoods. A creek runs through it, but was bone dry. Slippery hills covered w/leaves. Cement tees, well marked. Big disc golf course banner was cool. A few very tough shots. Some poke and pray, and some hard to execute blind turns that you just have to know the course to get right. Bad shots suffer big kicks off fairway. Flows back to parking after #9.
Easley, SC- Foothills:Features several massive hills and tough holes. One 800' (probably actually about 1,000') hole off an at least 25-30' high man-made hill (same type as before) across a large field to the opposing corner, then down a tunnel to the right and tucked right. This plus a few more blind holes can make for frustrating shots if you don't walk up to scout it first, which in that case would take 5 minutes. A few other very unique holes- a 350' turnover with the entire fairway as a steep steep hill sloping left toward a parking lot, and a fence high up on the right, basket way out of sight around the hill. #5 is about 450' but uphill the whole way, blasting through a narrow tunnel out of the hardwood forest to a small open space then a putt uphill to a basket on a hill steep enough to wear you out, and most missed shots would roll away at high speeds. A few poke and pray tight shots, one with a blind turn then a wall of trees to hopefully avoid, basket down below a small ridge. One small creek/water area but was so dry. This area under long drought, drove over a river/flood basin that was dry but was supposed to be nearly 1,000' across, all the boat docks dry and broken on the shores. #3 is a wasted hole just needs to be changed- blind shot over hole then down the backside in the woods, no clear or clean shot to be found just throw and hope, and hope it doesn't get buried in leaves somewhere as you can't watch it land no matter how fast you run. One super short downhill tight ace run with a nice backstop to aim for. Map at bulletin board may be helpful as some next tees are hidden, not where you'd expect.
Greenville, SC- Gower: Better get out before the sun sets. A few nice park setting holes, close to tables, roads, fences. A few insane, akward tight lines w/rough and a lot of trash. Well marked and with good tees however. Short, two chances to use a driver but very reachable. One crazy woods holes is about 120' and good for lefty or sidearm, but a small tree is left right when that shot needs to fly, forcing RHBH or LHSA (left hand side arm), kind of pointless. Another, the tee faces away from the 'fairway' which is not much of one at all. I'd skip those holes in summer- signs of massive widespread ivy. I threw a max, buzz (once) and a putter and shot -7.