Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Carlton Disc Golf Sanctuary

Today's my brother Ron's birthday. We just spoke a few moments ago, I to send a greeting and he to share what he's up to today. At least one segment of his day will involve golfing.

I myself enjoy a good round of golf. But something I have never done, and look forward to, is playing a round of disco golf.

I've heard of disc golf, aka frisbee golf, but until last year never really knew where I could play. Last weekend I finally checked out the Carlton Disc Golf Sanctuary, and guess what? This is one very sophisticated disc golf course.

The underutilized facility was quite impressive. John Oberg and his son Jade, pictured here, were doing the course and both were surprised at the high standards. Well laid out, very well marked, and simply satisfying.

At the top of the page is a map of the course. Much of it runs through a forest, with narrow chutes through which one aims their discs. A portion of the course is on a broad expanse of open field, and the overall effect is gratifying.

For what it's worth, there are two upcoming events that local disc golfer should mark on their calendars. The first is during Carlton Daze. On Sunday morning July 31 at 10:00 a.m. there will be a competition event, with entrants divided by age group. The younger, from 0-15 (we doubt there will be many zero-year-olds) and the older group 16 and up. There's a $6.oo entry fee with many fine prizes, plus an optional one dollar Ace Pot.

On August 20th there is another competition for serious disc golfers. The grand prize is a tournament bag with 8 discs and other prizes. The $25 entry fee will get you two discs and a key chain. There's a limited registration, so you may wish to inquire early at Carlton Bike Rental, across the parking lot from the VFW.

For casual disc golfers, Carlton Bike Rental has all the discs you need, either to rent or purchase. They also have ice cream and other cold treats to help you chill when you have finished a hot run in the sun.

You owe it to yourself to check it out. I'm certainly looking forward to giving it a shot. It's summertime.

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