by Mr. Wonka
Brooklyn, New York
June 21, 2003
Damn, it felt good to be out there tossing discs. I’m proud to say that my pro-like skills haven’t diminished in the least bit, and I pretty much picked up where I left off in Tennessee--kicking major ass. Yes, that’s right Ken Climo, I’m gunning for you, buddy. Seriously, though, these were some great courses, with all of them lying in the shadows of the nearby mountains. The fresh air, the scenery, nailing par shot after par shot--yo, this was exactly what the doctor ordered.
I first found my way over to Little Mountain DGC, located in the vastly underrated Queen Elizabeth Park. Running parallel to the nearby golf course, there are nine holes here that require both distance drives and accuracy. Hole #2 is beautifully set up, with the hole straight ahead between two columns of drooping trees. There’s a few holes with feasible ace runs, like #6, and be careful on #9, the biggest ball-buster of all. The basket lies on the other side of a pond, which stretches pretty close to it. Play it to the left and you should be okay. I shot an even par for 18 holes here (playing all holes as par 3 is standard).
Next up was the course at Jericho Park Community Centre. Again, this course has outstanding scenery, and plays up and back down a hill. This course isn’t laid out too well, with a lack of signage making it a little difficult to tell which basket you should be throwing at for which hole. I played nine holes just guessing, then had some local guys point out the real course map. It’s still pretty sweet--most of the holes are open, but it wasn’t an easy course by any means. For 18 holes I threw 1 under par after a birdie on #9--thank you for your applause.
Last up was Quilchena Disc Golf Course, over in Kitsilano. I think this one was my favorite--it’s pretty damn tricky, with trees impeding your throw on every toss. It wraps around a small park and, not to be redundant, the views here are incredible. Make sure you stop at #9 to see what I mean. I threw a 4 over par on this one, but still felt like I did pretty well. It’s just an unforgiving course.
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