Sunday I flew to Raleigh, NC for a meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which I attended for my job partly because I had helped to create the association just about three years ago, originally serving on its board. About 2,000 students, administrators, and faculty from colleges and universities in several countries spent two and a half days networking. It was a great time meeting lots of old colleagues and friends and new people, plus learning lots of stuff. Even better, I managed to fit disc golf into it!
Since I was going anyway, I proposed a poster for the poster session, about how great disc golf is as a sustainable sport, something that every campus should have, and about the Disc Golf Foundation's Matching Baskets program. Then, a week ago, the board member of my own employer-association who was also going, cancelled, which meant that I had another obligation during the same time as the peak of the poster sessions and reception.
However, DGRUS was a big help and when I asked for help, both Mike Inscho and Robert Leonard offered to come to the conference (they are local to Raleigh) and do the poster session for me. They did, it was great. They even brought in a portable basket and some putters and got a bunch of campus folks interested in the Disc Golf Foundation's Matching Baskets program.
Veteran's Day Treat: (the best part about this Veteran's Day, for this veteran)
As they were leaving, Robert mentioned that since the next day, Tuesday, was Veteran's Day and since he worked at a bank he didn't have to work. To make a long story shorter, The next morning Robert picked me up and we met Kirk Yoo at the Buckhorn course near Raleigh. To say Buckhorn is "my kind of course" is an understatement. My score wasn't impressive (+10 from the longs) but it was very casual play, using strange discs, with a bruised Achilles tendon. (Nice series of excuses, eh?) Yoo kicked our butts, basically.
But the Buckhorn course is really nice! It's in tight, tall woods with relatively narrow fairways but the schule to the sides is not thick (as in lost discs), although it is prison-like for throws. The lost-disc scenario can happen on 1 of maybe 5-6 holes where water comes into play. And it really comes into play. I got two birdies, and I think I remember either Robert or Kirk saying "I haven't birdied that hole yet.") on one of them :)
I really like the use of the water as a hazard. Remembering better now, I am certain that there are at least 5 holes where it is a significant hazard. Fun! Some of those water holes remind me of what I think one of the courses at the International Disc Golf Center (IDGC) is like.
I'll get to find out next week when I get to watch Ben and Greg Hosfeld achieve their 1,000th course played in their respective disc golf careers.