The Joy of Disc Golf
By Tony Forder
Gosh darnit, I just done fell in love with disc golf again
So easy to dwell on the mistakes...but
All it takes is a good experience
No matter how many courses you play
Sandwiched in parks or grander
You're gonna eventually find an "experience"
A course in a place that's different
It might be just for you, but that's ok
For me 1000 Acres is such a place
That takes disc golf therapy to a spiritual level
There's only one other "experience", in my experience, that equates
The legendary High Siskiyous Shootout, a wilderness tournament
Originated by OGs of Par Infinity Disc Golf in the late 1980s
On the border of California and Oregon
A meadow was disc-overed, Young's Valley, 5,000ft high under the shoulder of Preston Peak
Dimensions perfect for 18 holes, the discs sored magically...and still do today
As they do at 1000 Acres Ranch, located in the Adirondacks near Lake George
Although lacking the lofty elevation,
It's as if discs are lifted by the fast flowing waters of the Hudson
Or on the wings of a heron
I played the Summer Kick-Off event end of May and ok it didn't suck that I had my wise and mysterious caddy by my side, or that I won the 2nd round CTP on my last throw of the tourney, or that I played the first round with awesome Disc Goddesses Dana Lit and Christy Bettit. Plus, the people at the host venue are super nice and accommodating (yes, food and accommodations...and bar!), and if you like horses – bonus! Plus, special rates for disc golfers.
And all thanks to Dan Doyle, the visionary course designer, who immediately saw the potential of the Ranch's moribund 9-hole ball golf course, to become not only a top disc golf course, but a true disc golf resort. If you don't believe me, just ask Innova Co-Founder and Disc Golf legend Harold Duvall – he was there at the tourney with his son Andrew, checking the venue for a major PDGA event (think Skins).
Next tournament is August 27. Check Skylands Disc Golf of DisCap facebook pages for updates.
Or register here
More info on the 1000 Acres Ranch Resort
*When you book a room or cabin, make sure you ask for the discounted disc golf rates.
You can buy inclusive meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – or pay for each meal as you go.
"Headwaters of the Hudson flow on by
As Adirondack spirit brings you nigh
The cry of an eagle you may hear
As you try to lure your birdies near" - 11/21