Ten Annoying Things #9 - "Herding"

Herding is a natural animal/human trait.  In the "disc-golfer" species it presents itself as follows… Tim, Tom, Terry, Tracy, Ted and Kevin all throw from the teepad. Kevin throws a typical very short shot, maybe 75 feet off the teepad. ALL of Kevin’s friends laugh and joke as they ALL walk (usually slowly) to Kevin’s disc where they huddle and witness another short throw. Now ALL of the players walk over to Tim’s disc, still joking with Kevin about his lack of apparant lack of athleticism. ALL of the players stand and watch Tim’s throw, then ALL walk over to Ted’s, ALL over to Kevin’s again, ALL move over to Terry’s, on and on and on, multiply by 19 holes… insanity for the group(s) behind! Disc Golf “Rule-Of-Thumb”… after everyone has thrown EACH player should walk to THEIR disc. The furthest player away from the basket is the first to throw. The next furthest should soon after throw, next furthest, and so on.If you have a large or slow group Disc Golf’s “ROT” is to always let smaller groups play through.

Have fun but realize there are many other people behind also waiting to have a good time. Morley Field is one of the highest volume played courses in the world. Let’s all do our part to ensure EVERYONE has fun.

Who Really Is Number One?

It seems the more you play Morley the more people you'll meet from out of town. Thats part of the fun of the sport, meeting new players from S.D. and abroad. If you listen close enough you'll hear almost every single person inform you that "their" course was one of (if not THE) first course built in the US. If this writer had a dollar for everytime he has heard this he would have more than enough for private disc golf lessons from Micah (or maybe Feldberg). "mycoursewasfirstitis" seems to be contagious. If you are traveling away from San Diego, ba careful, you might catch it. btw... Morley IS one of the first courses built in the U.S. (lol) On that note here is an article for the new course in Thousand Oaks, CA. claiming their stake.

note - played "Rabbit Flats" 5/29/10. Small course surrounding a large hill. churned up dirt clods and dry weeds (for now). Short holes/multiple baskets. Very nice tee pads/benches. Well thought out for what land they had to work with (9 acres). If you like to play Montiel, you might like this. Will be better with upcoming landscaping. Not worth the drive from S.D. but worth checking out if you are in the area.

Ten Annoying Things - #10

Welcome to our new series highlighting annoying things that disc golfers do. Most everyone will agree on the top two or three but lets start a conversation on the rest. Number 10: "Cooler Mud" This issue seems to be embedded in the DNA of most weekend "players". Since Morley Field is one of the few courses that have benches on all the holes, this trait seems to be indigenous to Morley.

Cooler Mud (cool-er mud) Function: noun Date of Origin: Early 1970's

1: a drippy, wet, puddle of mud left on benches after one removes their cheap, leaking cooler from placement on a bench (normally used for sitting) due to cooler being dragged through dirt while "playing" disc golf.

Cause: oblivion to groups playing behind you, oblivion in general Remedy: leave your cooler on the ground.

If you have been an unwiting victim of CMB (cooler mud butt), share your story with others, that's the best way to work through it.

note - no alcohol is permitted on the course at any time