Just Toss It In
Now, let me be quite blunt. Everyone who knows me somewhat well will attest that I would rather do a billion other activities than play golf.
Rick caught me halfway between hanging up the phone and nearing a fit of rage when he fought for the last word.
“It's Frisbee golf,” he kindly interjected.
I was stunned and absolutely speechless. Seconds earlier, I had pictured myself putting on khakis, golf shoes and a collared shirt to play 18 holes in 90-degree weather. This image quickly vanished.
So, upon my arrival in Jacksonville, Rick and I drove to the local sporting goods store. (Shameless plugs are not in my repertoire.)
After that ten-dollar purchase, we made our way to Ed Austin Regional Park off Monument Road.
The Arlington Park is where we set our tee time, which isn’t possible, but it makes us sound like the country club-type.
Our home course is the Fore Palms Disc Golf Course. It was formerly the Dunes Golf course, obvious by the covered sand traps.
Oh, in addition to no tee times and the casual attire, Frisbee golf is free. Green fees do not exist. I can’t help but count the money I’m saving each round.
For the first time, when Rick and I reached the “tee box” made of concrete measuring about six feet in length, I decided on no mulligans or practice tosses.
The Beast (I added “The” because it sounds more intimidating.) must have worked in the timber industry in a past life. For whatever reason, and there are many, I hit nearly every pine tree on the course.
I did feel a little better as I came to learn I was the only beginner on the course that day.
I guess with every activity, there is always a niche.
I find it humorous and fitting that I own only The Beast, orange and glowing, in all its glory.
Avid Frisbee golfers own satchels or push carts that can hold upwards of 20 discs. However, I was not bold enough to count.
Frisbee colors vary from blue to white. They have names such as: Firebird, Viper and Goblin. I learned for the first time that there are different discs for distance, fairways, mid-range and putting.
I wondered suspiciously – how was I not informed of this Frisbee craze?
Frisbee golf has been around close to 40 years. I will take a mulligan on that one.
Investing four or five hours to play 18 holes will never happen. Also, it’s not uncommon to see groups of nine or more playing a round together. Parents and children tee it up nightly for relaxing family fun.
Frisbee golf is not an inexpensive hobby to undertake and can be a fun social tool. Not to mention, it’s just plain fun!
On Friday, when I got my first birdie on No. 1, it was exhilarating. For me, there is absolutely no stress to break 100 or play bogey golf.
My only anxiety comes when The Beast wants a drink of water from the pond. The routine is simple: Laugh and yell, “FORE!”