Hello Home Free Family, Chard here. Today I’d like to share my experiences of traveling around the world and disc golfing along the way. It all started a couple years ago when we were camping at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park for my birthday. I knew they had a nice 18 hole disc golf course there so we picked up a couple starter packs- which included a driver, a midrange, and a putter disc- and we hit the woods. We were pretty terrible at first, taking 5 shots to make it up towards the basket, but even then I knew this was something I was going to grow to love. There was just something about being out in the woods, something I would often do anyways, and making it into a sport. It was love at first throw.
After we returned from our camping trip, disc golfing became a pretty regular activity for us to get outside during the week. I began to discover all the courses my area had to offer and formed a few favorites. If you’re ever passing through Central Florida be sure to check out Bill Fredrick Park, which has 3 separate 18 hole courses, and River City Park, which has 2 separate 18 hole courses.
About 6 months into my disc golfing experience Nicole and I took a road trip out west to California. Along the way we stopped in many places, many of which we found a course to play. I found this was a great way to see the local area and meet some cool people. It was also a really good way to stretch our legs after a long drive and take in some nature. It really stepped my game up as well shooting on mountains with elevation factored in, shooting across deserts and around cacti, and over rivers and lakes. This furthered my liking for the sport and the more my skill grew the more my interest did as well. It’s almost meditative, when you focus and put your whole body into a shot, watching it fly so smooth is an incredible feeling. Passing through the trees, gliding up to the basket.
I’ve been very lucky to have played courses in many different states across our own country, and well as in different countries around the world. Randomly when we were traveling in Southeast Asia, we stayed at a bungalow in Koh Samui that had a course on property. It turned out to be the number one rated 9 hole course in the world. The shots were picturesque, shooting at a beautiful blue ocean along the beach. If you are ever in Thailand island hopping definitely look up Dave at Laem Sor Beach Disc Golf. Even if you’re not a disc golfer, he’s good people and has a great little spot where you can rent out bungalows.
Currently I am up in Western North Carolina area and have been exploring courses up here. If ever in the Asheville area check out Richmond Hill Park, they have a really nicely laid out course playing with a variety of shots. If you are relatively new to the sport, I would recommend the Black Mountain course. The holes there are quite a bit shorter and easier. This course can be fun for an experienced player as well, though you’d be shooting with a putter on most holes. I recently joined the WNCDGC, Western North Carolina Disc Golf Club, which meets 5 days a week at different courses. I’ve found its a great way to meet other players and step your game up. Overall, its just a great way to get out in nature and have some fun.
Hope you days are filled with love and light!
Happy Hucking, Chard.
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