We had good weather, for the most part. High 20-30mph winds but no rain. 31 players and we had nearly enough baskets for the entire 27 hole course.
I had the strangest hole, my third of the tournament, and it almost broke me.
Picture hole 21 (Star 3 for the tourney) a 700ft hole that starts with a narrow fairway that drops about 30' in 250' and breaks right at the bottom of the hill. The fairway veers to the right, uphill another 250' with a 40' rise, and through a narrow opening to the "green".
My first drive felt great but turned right a little early and I heard shrubs, losing sight of the disc. Rick and I searched and searched but never found it. I re-teed, hitting the first tree on the left and dropping. My 4th stroke was a beautiful anhyzer around the giant trees on the left, heading for the upper fairway and stuck high in the cedar at the bottom of the gully. No penalty at least, for the 2 meter lie, but I had no shot from under the cedar, so I dumped out for a 5. I had a pretty good 6th shot that landed at the trees at the top of the hill. Only 200 ft to go. I walked another 15 feet up the fairway, halfway up the far side of the fairway, and there was my first drive, 150 feet past where I expected it to be. It was my best drive ever on that hole, and I didn't even get to play it. I was crushed, and furious. I stepped up to my current sixth shot, and only had a tiny window to the green, but I could see the bucket. I felt I had nothing to lose at that point, so I ran it, and nailed it from 200' out, to save a 7. That shot probably kept me from giving up disc golf.
I went on to have a great time, and had only one other "unfortunate" hole, an unintentional roller out-of-bounds 6.
I love playing up there. What a beautiful course.
Thanks Leon, Virginia, and Chris for another great day.