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The baskets just went in last night, and it's already been played once. I spent most of the daytime working on it (getting paid too), fixing up teeing areas, moving debris, cutting trees etc. In the cold rain dripping wet. I cannot play it myself until the 18th with Hos, but now I can get the idea what I am in for.
After working on that and dodging rain off and on, I went out to play the Steady Ed Memorial course, and that was it today.
Appling, GA- Steady Ed Memorial:Can't ignore the fact that it's one of the most significant places to go and play, complete with couches around a large tv to watch any disc golf dvd on you can imagine, pdga staff and board members to talk up, vending, wide selection of discs, apparel, bags, etc, benches, practice area, disc golf hall of fame and museum of insanely old and neat collectible discs/frisbees/trophies, etc. The sculpture as you walk in the door is impressive, a thick piece of metal wrapped around chunks of rocks to form a guy throwing a disc, made by Steve Brinster. The course itself: Has multiple layout options, today set-up in the last one on the list. Some signs didn't match up and some baskets weren't where they were supposed to be, I have to ask about that tomorrow. But otherwise well marked, with many next tee signs. Ample and good cement tees with NO slip when wet, at least for me today. Scenic wooded hills overlooking a very dried up lake (to the point ALL water shots are dry as a bone, the lake is down more than 20' and receded 100's of feet away from it's old shoreline due to massive droughts this year. The woods get very thick, but little 'rough' just impressively tight and challenging. Many elevation shots, seemingly more downhill than up. More driver shots than I expected. Many tunnels and doglegs, most holes require PLACEMENT. If you cannot place it perfectly, you will suffer a stroke. I found it easy to recover from a bad shot most of the time, so don't fret if and when you smack a tree. Several insanely tough tight long par-5 type holes, one where I even got to bomb 2 drivers in a row as hard as I can through woods. One shot downhill way over "water" where you have to blast left into tree line or risk being OB, or take tight anhyzer tunnel the other way. Several holes with 2 completely different fairways to decide which to throw down and play out from the tee. Fire ants are here.
Tomorrow: Hopefully more work to do, then the other course. OR just go play the ones in Augusta I've played in 2006 Pro Worlds, depends on weather.