Originally Posted by emmarose
this is brilliant no matter what course you are playing.
keep the insights coming and loving where you are and what you are doing... super cool...
Day 3: 8:27 pm
Finished up Day 2, with some fine tuning on holes 11-15 on Winthrop Gold with the wiley vet and formal World Champion, Lavonne Wolfe. A fine Alabama gentleman, with a blistering backhand and some good advice. Fished an ill-advised practice shot, from the round earlier, out of a small watery cove right on the dogleg of hole 5. Craig and I then had a rousing putting duel as the gloaming sank to darkness on the green of hole 5. Props to Craig for beating me with a sweet turbo putt. Day 3 began a bit later, as the aforementioned late football games kept us up way past the witching hour. Good thing we are on vacation! We traveled 20 minutes north to Renaissance Gold in the late morning. After a brief delay for a Chicken Biscuit at BoJangles (we missed the chance to brunch at Billy Graham Library cafe), we started haggling like Istanbul merchants on how many strokes I would give Craig as we battled for the all vaunted currency of an ice cream cone. After settling on what seemed to me, after the putting display of the previous night, as five strokes too many, we began our onslaught of the mighty Renny Gold. A mighty battle ensued, and as one might imagine, as many brave warriors before us,
the machinations of the Gold were too much. We did have a fantastic time, and I am having a hard time deciding whether Winthrop Gold or Renny Gold is the more impressive. Any thoughts from anyone that has played both?...
I tend to think that each is great in it own way. Renny for its raw, majestic, stan McDaniel enhanced landscape that can rattle even the most technical of golfers, or Winthrop for its clean, swift, hangman justice-doling holes shaped diabolically within yellow rope. One thing they both have in common that us Northwest course designers can learn something from is GREAT GRIPPY teepads (by the way Bob Horning has already got a jump in this area). These teepads grip shoes like a Portlander grips their beer, with purpose and not a chance of a slip. On courses of this difficulty, the ability of the driver to feel as if any mistake on the drive will not be due to a slip, makes the experience infinitely more enjoyable. Too me, this aspect of the game seems to be an easy thing to control for course designers who are seeking to create an elite disc golf experience.
Stepping down off the soapbox...
After some divine, and timely smoked beef brisquet sandwich and pastrami on wheat at Firehouse Subs, Craig and I made for our second disc golf mecca of the day. Elon park, home of the Eager Beaver and the Angry Beaver. As one might imagine, the Eager Beaver is the more tame of the two layouts. Both are potentially going to be used at Charlotte Worlds next year, but after the shellacking of body and soul that was wreaked upon us by Renny Gold, we decided to take it easy and test our wits and skills against the course more likely to give up some birdies.
Eager Beaver gave up many birdies, chainy ace runs, and one ace in the two rounds Craig and I played on it today, all in all, just what we needed to get our confidence up. A fun extremely tight Carolina-style course that was exacting, but imminently scorable. Imagine if you will, playing the spiral (1st five holes on Milo East) for eighteen holes with couple of holes from the Canyon course at Horning's sprinkled in. Yet another great day!
Carolina dreamers signing out.