Harrisonburg Disc Golf

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SCOUTS ON THE DISC GOLF COURSE

Posted by mojo28 on June 10, 2008

The weeks of June 16 – 20, and June 23 – 27, local scouts will be having their annual Summer Camp programs in Westover Park, using Shelters 1, 2, 3, and 4. Due to their set-up, holes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and possibly 9 will be severly affected.

Due to their set-up, we will not host Disc Golf Doubles on Wednesdays, June 18, and 25. Also, we ask that players limit their use of the course during the duration of the weekday camps (and in the evenings, too). Weekends will be open. This may be a good opportunity for local players to explore some of the other courses in the area, such as Montgomery Hall Park in Staunton, Green County in Stanardsville, Maurertown in Shenandoah County, or Walnut Creek in Albemarle County.

Please spread the word to those who do not access this site.

See you on the course, but not the next two weeks!

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Weather Douses Doubles

Posted by mojo28 on June 4, 2008

Due to the thunderstorms this afternoon, and the prediction of severe weather this evening 6/4/08, Disc Golf Doubles will be cancelled tonight. We do not want a bunch of players in the far reaches of the park with thunderstorms approaching. Plus, as we all know, the course will be extremely soggy this evening.

On an unrelated note, I have attempted to post results of the past two doubles. As a neoposter, I realized today to follow the directions provided. I will attempt to post what I attempted prior. With a little luck, the other posts will follow.

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Thank You.

Posted by johnmarr on May 20, 2008

I’m personally very happy to be even remotely involved in this group, and wanted to share this bit of positive feed back we received today:

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Great Weather and Press Bring Out Big Crowd For Doubles

Posted by mojo28 on May 1, 2008

With the promise of a DNR reporter and photographer at Doubles on April 30, we had 17 players participate. The reporter, Elizabeth Rome, and photographer, Michael Reilly were with various groupings throughout the 18 holes of Westover. I’m not sure when the article will print, but it will be in a supplement about “the Valley.”

We have had the best weather all spring for Wednesday Doubles. This past week was no exception. The sun came out in late afternoon, and warmed the course up nicely for the competition.  The first card featured Mike Cast and Rick Bowman paired against Mike Bowman and John Marr. This evenly matched card ended up tied at +1.

The second card featured the father/son combo of Steve and Ben Blackmer, paired against Johnny Griffin, and C. Jones. This card was won by Griffin/Jones with  -1, vs.  +5. The final card of the night featured Ryan Jones and Ben Earman against the final three leftovers, of Chris Bell, Aaron Bowman, and Ed Steele. This card was pretty close until the last few holes, where Ryan and Ben pulled out a victory with a score of -6 to -1, and they actually used some of Ben’s shots! (Sorry Ben, no offense intended.)

As usual, Disc Golf Doubles was as enjoyable as any other night of play. New players of all abilities are encouraged to participate. This is as low key as an event can get.

With time considerations, would anyone be interested in backing the starting time to 6:00? This might allow some players who work until 5 or 5:30 to get here and play. If there is enough feedback, we could have flights, where the first group tees off around 5:30, and another group gathers for 6:00 tee times. With the informal nature of doubles, this might be worth trying.

Thanks to all for supporting Disc Golf.

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Disc Golf Doubles & the DNR Woo Hoo!

Posted by johnmarr on April 29, 2008

It looks like our little group is about to get some attention from the local media.  A reporter from the DNR contacted us this week to see if it would be alright to do a story about us.  She will be conducting interviews at this Wednesday’s ( 4/30/08 ) Doubles Match.  If anyone wants to come out and talk to the press, or just wants a chance to get their picture in the paper please come out to the Wednesday match.  As always the match will kick off at about 5:30pm from tee number one.     

The weather looks pretty amazing tomorrow afternoon, so even if you don’t want to be in the paper it’s still gonna be a really good opportunity to get outside and sling some discs.   

Hope to see everyone out there!

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Baseball is cool, but I know something better…

Posted by tbrady on April 20, 2008

I recently got back from watching my Baltimore Orioles beat the tar out of the NY 260 Million Dollar Payroll’s 6-0. Its not a common occurrence for the Os to beat the Yanks (though that is twice this season), but live baseball is just as nostalgic “spring” for me as cutting the grass twice a week or the regret that follows jumping into a stream that’s still on winter time. Made me think that I needed any excuse that I could get to be outside, I’m positive that disc golf is the answer. I’ve missed the Wednesday doubles (work), and the Saturday High Noon Showdowns (wedding planning) but have heard through the vine that they’re going strong.

We need more though, and I’m thinking that it’s time to call out all the club members that haven’t been putting their club identity on the “edge”, aka, the only place to truly live. I think an effort from all the “I’ve got 45 minuets, I’ll do another round if we play fast” people to challenge one person from the club who hasn’t gotten involved yet is in order. In my mind, the challenges will be in the same spirit as we’ve already established; fun first, meet new people, take all comers, and if you beat me it’s just an excuse for me to play you twice as hard tomorrow.

The contact page has everybody’s email addresses’ and a lot of phone numbers. Under club rules anyone 5 places in front of you on the tag rankings has to accept a challenge and find a agreeable date for a game in 2 weeks. But like I said this is not an excuse to weasel anyone out of their tag, just an attempt to involve people who willingly signed up for the club in the first place (that said, I can hear the saliva dripping on the #2 and #3 tags from here). Call it forced fun for the uninvolved if you will, but it isn’t like anyone tried to make them play in the snow.

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Disc Golf Doubles

Posted by mojo28 on April 4, 2008

We have completed two weeks of Disc Golf Doubles. On March 26, we had 8 official participants, with the team of Ryan and Steve recording a hot 48. Second team was Johnny and Mike with a round of 52. Next was the Ricksters, Rick and Ricky with a 54. Finishing the card was the team of Ed and Kevin with a round of 59. Lots of players on the course that evening, with Doubles, a bag tag challenge, and several groups of college students enjoying the Westover Disc Golf Coruse!

The next week, we saw 14 Doubles players. The top card on April 2 was Rex and Steve with a score of 50. Hmmmm, that’s two weeks in a row that Steve is on the top card. Break up the dynasty! There was a tie for second with Joe and Kevin sharing a score of 54 with Johnny and Rick. Mike and Ed were next with a 56, followed by Jeff and Becky with a 58. Chris and Theo came in with a 62, followed by a card of 69 with names I could not read. With a 69, no wonder! Sorry about that!

Disc Golf Doubles is open to any player of any ability. You do not have to belong to the Club, or be a Bag Tag participant. We begin at 5:30 with a blind draw to determine partners. Both players throw from the same spot, taking the best of the two throws. It is a great way for players to meet new players, learn new skills and techniques unique to Westover. It is a very low key event, with more laughter than anguish! Come on out for a mid-week evening of fun. We are usually done by 7:30.

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Youth Disc Golf Clinic

Posted by mojo28 on April 4, 2008

Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation is offering this program to area youth on Saturdays, May 31, June 7 and 14. There are two age divisions, with ages 8-11 meeting from 9:30-10:30, and ages 12-17 meeting from 10:45-11:45. The goal is to get as many of our area youth introduced to the game we all love (most of the time!) We will cover the basic driving techniques, approach shots, various putting techniques and stances, etiquette, all kinds of good stuff!

We are looking for Club members to give a little back to get the kids involved. If anyone feels that they can volunteer to show some kids any or all of the topics mentioned above, please contact Ed Steele at eds@harrisonburgva.gov, or at work at 433-2474, home 434-2035, or cell at 271-0441. The best part is that we finish just in time for 12:00 bag tag challenge!

Parks and Rec is charging a $20 fee for participants, and will provide a 3 disc starter pack to each youth that registers.

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Staunton is Different

Posted by tbrady on April 1, 2008

Staunton is different (as noted above) but not because they’ve decided to pronounce all the letters in their name, their disc golf course has changed. What was hole 3 is now hole 1, former up is now down, and black is actually white. Overall, the new hole placements were tastefully done, and I don’t think any past fans of the course will be upset unless they’re like me (I hate change) and are irked when one bar of soap dissolves and they have to open a new one.

In other news, Steve found tag #13 on the course the other day, I believe it’s Theo’s, in which case he can claim it at any time. If it’s some kind of cursed booby trap, I guess I’ll catch on to the joke when I wake up with a shrunken head…

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A Two-Trees challenge

Posted by tbrady on March 26, 2008

Hey everybody, Johnny’s planning a trip up to the Hone Quarry wilderness area to play a par 111 hole, he posted about it in the comments but I wanted to give it a bit more prominence. He wrote:

Come one come all to crazy johnny2trees par 111 one disc challenge this weekend Sat. the 29th. We will be meeting on the 18th hole at westover park at 11:30am and leaving soon after for Hone Quarry wilderness area to play 1 par 111 hole in the national forest (this is not a tag round) this hole is quite the beast and is played with one disc only (lose and lose the round) and do not forget to bring all your fav. wilderness supplies!!!!!

See you there if you dare!Johnny2trees

I apologize to anyone I confused when I wrote that the hole was at the New Market Battlefield, I was confused myself and apparently didn’t want to be the only one. Anyway, it sounds like a lot of fun, and I think I putt better with my driver anyway so I know that last shot is going to be a dead-ringer.

Of course, the Saturday High-Noon Showdown will still take place as it does every week for anyone without the time to go out to the Quarry.

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