A Hot Summer Sedgley Sunday & the 2016 Ace Race

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It was a scorcher of a weekend here in Philadelphia but that didn’t stop a nice crowd of FSW-ers from taking part in a late summer Sedgley Sunday Fun-Day. Traffic was exceptionally light on the way to Sedgley Woods presumably due to the heat. Normal people are likely to stay indoors where it’s cool and comfortable but Rome, Stu Kaplan, Chris Robbins and others were already on site setting up as golfers rolled in for what would be another great day in the woods.

Dave Woods hosted the 11am weekly Sunday morning Gold Tag Challenge. This was our 93rd tag round of the year. 10-18 red odd blue even, 19-27 blues all long baskets was the call. Knick Knapp takes another victory for the #3 tag. He is now in 3rd place with 307 points. 5 points ahead is John Murphy sitting in second place with 312 points. Murph is only 2 points from our current leader and past champion, Caleb Hoff at 314 points.

Top 30 point holders below:
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As players finished their tag rounds and turned in their cards up front they were treated to a huge Sunday lunch. As she often does, Miss Anne had sandwiches and hummus/pita platters for all to enjoy. Becky And Jesse Fast added a special touch this weekend bringing their fresh free range chickens and ‘cooler corn’ straight from their farm.

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Hats off to birthday boy & TD Chris Robbins for hosting this years Discraft Ace Race at Sedgley Woods! Thanks to help from Anne and Stu K his event ran flawless. This event sold out at 40 players packs this year. We received under stable mid to fairway drivers this year and overall the players seemed to like them. We played a mix of shortened holes throughout the original 18 and across the street.

After 2 rounds there was a close sweat in the mens division. Alex Caldwell Aced his last two holes to sit up top comfortably. That is until Nate Krahn aced his last hole to match 4 aces but had 6 metals over Alex’s few. Nate is Sedgley’s own Discraft Sponsored player so it was fitting for him to take down the win and in a true gentleman’s fashion he donated the first place bag and discs back to the club. Rev Ray’s daughter, Melissa tied with Jen Griffith with an ace and a metal each for the ladies division. Jeff Golden couldn’t seem to get the hang of the new Ace Race Discs but he managed to sink 3 aces and 3 metals to scoop the ‘throw your own’ side pot.

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The ‘Sedgley Saplings’ were out in full force and as expected they all received a visit from Rodwa, our awesome resident Ice Cream lady. Always a treat. Birthday Boy Chris Robbins was presented with cupcakes made by his wife, Amanda and we all joined in for the birthday song. Happy Birthday, CR!

Thanks to everyone’s participation and donations these fine folks were able to raise over $200+ for the club at the end of the day. Contributions like this is what keeps Sedgley Fun Day events going throughout the year. Never take it for granted. Always ask yourself what you could do to contribute. Either by bringing a dish or by throwing a few bucks in the donation jar or simply putting in some volunteer effort in course maintenance. These and other generous efforts are the grease that keeps the Sedgley wheels a rollin’.

Keep in touch via Facebook, the website and on the course – Upcoming events include The August Monthly Sunday the 28th at 10am and the annual Milk-the-Goat Tournament TBA

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2015 DG road trips by Dave Prue #9360

After getting laid off from work I had plenty of time to travel and start knocking off courses from my DG wish list during the year…

Weds 5/6 – avoiding morning rush hour traffic in Philly, Baltimore and Wash DC, I didn’t leave until 9a to drive 530 miles to the SW corner of North Carolina. Ashe County Park DGC in Jefferson, NC; it’s nestled along the very scenic Appalachian Mountains and has many huge elevation changes, holes 9 and 18 both start in the woods with massive downhill shots to open areas between 550’-800’ away. The front nine plays in a fairly open area with cut grass and water hazards, the back nine plays in the woods mostly uphill. Two tees on each hole. This course lives up to its 4.5 star rating!

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Thur 5/7 – drove 2 hours to eastern Tennessee and Harmon Hills DGC. This private course has 27 holes along TN landscape including rolling hills, woods, sink holes, rocks, open fields and tons of elevation all around. I can’t recall one flat hole. The variety of shots required and 12 par 4’s on the original 18 makes this course a masterpiece. The final 9 across street was completely wooded and simply not as much fun, plus I was exhausted from playing 45 holes in 24 hours with two bad hips in the heat.

Fri 5/8 – drove north through KY including very rural southern Harlan county (hello Raylan from “Justified”) stopping at Woodford Reserve Bourbon Distillery in northern KY to take their tour. Their double oaked bourbon is the best I have ever tasted. Then onto Cincinnati, OH for a few days at my sister’s house for time to physically recover while enjoying the regions local food and drink.

Mon 5/11 – drove 2 hours to near Louisville, KY and Coyote Trace DGC. This new private course would become a future top 10 as I reviewed it on dgcoursereview.com but sadly it has since become extinct due to flash floods and ash tree logging. It was great and I’m so glad to have played it. I then drove south all the way through KY stopping in Asheville, NC for the night.

Tues 5/12 – Richmond Hills DGC wasn’t on my itinerary but it was just minutes from my hotel and I had the morning free so I decided to stop and look around. Hole #1 looked very nice and well maintained so I decided to play the course. This course was constantly up and down tree lined hills and contained more man made wooden steps than any other that I have seen. It was fun but a taxing hike at the same time.

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I drove two more hours south to Stoney Hill DGC in rural South Carolina. The 24 hole course is private and can be played by appointment only. The owner, David Sauls beat me easily, he had a huge home course advantage and I didn’t handle the heat very well. The course had tremendous variety to it; I really liked the last 6 holes some playing around or over water.

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Weds 5/13 – Day number 8 on the road trip and only a 90 minute drive to Appling, GA home the International Disc Golf Center and the PDGA headquarters in Wildwood Park. This complex was the pinnacle of my trip; it has 3 world championship quality courses, a climate controlled DG pro shop, the “Steady Ed” Frisbee museum, the DG Hall of Fame, the PDGA office staff (hello “Big Dog” Sweeton) and indoor restrooms!
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I shot a 74 on the par 69 WR Jackson course designed by John Houck, it might have been my best round ever! My drives weren’t long like the pros but were well placed and my putting was better than usual probably since I was so thrilled just to be there and had played a lot of golf in past week. In the afternoon I shot -6 on the short tees on the Steady Ed Headrick Memorial course, it was relatively short and wooded like Sedgley is. Next time I’d play the long tees.

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The IDGC is located in rather remote area; the closest hotel area is 30 minutes away. After playing 4 courses in 3 days I was physically whipped. The hotel pool and air conditioning were crucial to relax in…until the next day.

Thur 5/14- the Jim Warner course was the most difficult at the IDGC; it kicked my butt even from the short tees. The course was great while being physically demanding due to the elevation changes and I was in no condition to play well.
The entire IDGC complex should be every golfer’s ‘wish list’, with 3 world class courses dedicated to DG there is nothing else to get in the way while enjoying your game…no joggers, no dog walkers, no playgrounds, no park rangers or neighborhood kids. I wish I knew when I can return to play it again.
Starting my long journey home, I first stopped by the Hippodrome DG complex in Augusta, GA to see their pro shop but didn’t play either course. I then stopped by only one more course along the way, R.L. Smith DGC in Charlotte, NC. It had good reviews and was recommended by a few golfers I knew but found it rather disappointing, maybe because I had just come from the pinnacle of DG back in Georgia.

Fri 5/15 – The last day of my journey I was able to avoid Friday east coast I-95 traffic (except 13 miles) near Washington DC and Baltimore by cutting across eastern Maryland and Delaware before finding home in South Jersey.

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Tues 6/2 – I had never been in Vermont so I combined the ultimate beer run and DG for my next trip. Finding Heady Topper beer was my priority, it had been on my wish list for years. You can’t buy it at the brewery and most stores only have it available a few hours one day a week. I found a 4 pack near Burlington, VT at a meat market and then waited in line for an hour to buy a $80 case of 16 oz. cans at a beer store. It did live up to the hype and cult like status, 8% of citrusy goodness followed☺. I was able to ration the last can until New Year’s Day at Sedgley.

Weds 6/3 – Brewster’s Ridge DGC at Smugglers Notch (ski resort) in Jeffersonville was now ‘only’ an hour away. While not located on the slopes, the course at the bottom of the Green Mountains was scenic and so worth the $10 pay to play fee. With 4 tees (not a typo) on most of holes, the options were superb. The front 9 played ever so slightly uphill through manicured woods and the back 9 had many terrific downhill drives. This course immediately made my top 10 of the 340+ courses that I have played! A second course called Fox Run is on site too, it is a lot more open while being long and hilly, similar to Brandywine in Delaware. I played from the short tees; it was only 9 holes but currently is a full 18 course designed by Steve Brinster. A third course Village 9 is for beginners, I didn’t bother playing this one.

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Leaving the area south on state hiway 108 was incredible with stunning views of the mountains and creeks while driving slowly through rock formations; the view was fantastic. Heading further south on I-89 was the best scenery I have seen on any interstate median in all my travels ever. I drove south into MA instead of further north in VT.

My next stop was Flat Rock DGC in Athol, MA. It’s a challenging wooded and rocky private course which you need a map for. I only played the front 9 because I was so exhausted. I missed out on the last two scenic holes on the back 9 which play over a beautiful pond.

Thur 6/4 – I was 40 minutes from Maple Hill DGC (my favorite) but went to Barre Falls Dam DGC instead. This Army Corp of Engineers area was very scenic with water and lots of elevation changes in a well maintained park. It was fairy open compared to other New England courses. I then drove 5 hours home with ice packs on my right hip.

Tues 8/25 – One week before my next scheduled DG trip, I fell down some steps (at home no less) and dislocated my right shoulder badly.

Fri 12/18 – the MRI indicates a torn shoulder labrum. ☹

May 2016 – After a second cortisone shot and extensive physical therapy, I can now play disc golf about once a week but it does cause shoulder and hip discomfort for a few days afterwards. Hope to see you on the course later this year.

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Join us on the 4th of July for the Lefty’s Luau!

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Weekend Recap: Workday Success, Birthday Fun, Lots of Visitors & A Win For the Home Team!

Wow, what a weekend! The chance of thunderstorms on Saturday held off and Sedgley Woods was ‘buzzing’ with a weekend full of various events in addition to our usual Saturday & Sunday tag rounds. A lot of work was done through the week and on Saturday, We had a Birthday Celebration, Lots of visitors and we even watched the horse race! Not to mention all of the casual golfers and their friends and family who came to enjoy being outside in the woods. It was a bit crowded at times. We could surely use at least another 9 holes, wouldn’t you say?

Second Saturday Volunteer Work day
So Aaron Fahey, Nick O, Hero, Bobby, Nick Knapp and others got a head start during the weekdays and on Saturday we had one of our most successful workdays of the year. There were at least 15 people signed in by 9:30 taking part in various tasks and projects. Kevin Gardner push mowed into the dark on Friday and was the first one at the course Saturday morning along with Chris Robbins who was a weed wacking machine! We now have a wide beautifully mowed trail that wraps around half of the meadow up to 23 and it’s looking really scenic out there at the moment. 23 is looking better than ever and even has grass on the fairway now!

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Alex Caldwell, Matt I, Scott B, Steve, Viking and others walked and trimmed the entire outback. The walk from the ant hill to 25 is bearable again. Grizz, Topher and Jay Jay have the fairway of 9 looking nice and the Biko clan were out trimming walkways as well. Randy did good work around the bushes of 16 & 17. Dave Prue mowed a nice green around his new extended 7 pin. Jason Bates and Tyler from Dynamic Discs were in full force first thing on the practice area and 19. Stu straw came with his chainsaw and those guys were able to remove the fallen archway on 10 Yellow. Bro Mike and Caleb were also weed wacker powerhouses making their way all around the course. ‘Home Brew’ Matt, ‘Bench Maker’ Scott and others were over on 21 putting the finishing touches on Scott’s newest bench.

I know there are several more people I am forgetting to mention or who were on other parts of the course. Thank you for all your hard work, and we hope to see you next month. Keep an eye out for a formal facebook event invite as this seemed to really help make a difference this month, as did the mid-week meetups.

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Dynamic Discs’ 2-Disc Challenge
It was exciting to pull into Sedgley and see the Dynamic Disc RV set up with bins and bins full of DD, Westside, and latitude discs as well as bags apparel and more for the 2 Disc Challenge. For $20 – $25 we were able to chose any 2 discs and play a doubles (or Singles) round on the original 1-18 Blues. It was Nick Knapp & Chris Robbins taking it down with a -14. DD TD, Tyler Searle put on a great show and made a special day at Sedgley even better. Oh and somebody got an ace I’m pretty sure.

Saturday Tags
10 – 18 Red odd Yellow even & 19 – 27 Blue all long baskets was the call from Caleb. Coef won the 1 tag shooting a -3 over Caleb’s -2 (with a bogey on the last hole) for the 4 tag. Alex was 3rd with a -1 for the 5 tag. Here are your top 20 as of Saturday…

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Andy & Rome’s Birthday
One of our favorite days of the summer, Andy & Rome’s birthday bash a.k.a. ‘A Mid-Summers Night Jager’ takes place around the summer soulstice at Sedgley every year. Generally the weather is perfect for this day and this year was no exception. Miss Anne brought an awesome food spread of sandwiches, wraps, salads, meats & cheeses accompanied with full coolers of choice cold beverages. It was a treat for everyone! (So were Gales cupcakes.) Grizz, Chris, and E-Bush kept the grills going into the evening with barbecue chicken, ribs, and pork tacos and Sherman showed up with a tray of bacon wrapped Jalapenos that were a hit with the crowd.

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As they usually do for the races, Andy & Anne had the flatscreen out for the last leg of the 2016 Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. A handful of guys had some good Can Jam battles and then in Sedgley fashion there was a dollar and a disc putt-off once the sun set. Awesome day. Happy Birthday, Guys!

Sunday Tags
We played 10-27 Red Odd Blue Even with some really high winds at times. Caleb ousted Case by 2 strokes.

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Awbury Arboretum Folk Festival
…Meanwhile, North of Center City, the Friends of Sedgley Woods were represented by ‘Stash’, Dave Prue Lisa, Nan, & Karen at the Awbury Arboretum Folk Festival where they were able to introduce children to the game of Disc Golf.

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Sedgley Host to the Great Eights League
On Sunday afternoon The Friends of Sedgley Woods were host to the 2016 Great Eights Travel League and welcomed 7 other clubs to our home course to battle it out with only 3 matches to go. Team Sedgley had a cold keg ready for the competitors upon their arrival as Anne and Grizz prepared meats, cheeses, burgers and dogs. Team Sedgley came into Saturdays match with a comfortable lead and extended it even more just one point and one seed win away for the first ever sweep in the Great Eights. All teams meet at Bootleggers Cave this Thursday, then a makeup date at French Creek, then the Championship Finals at Tinnicum. The winning club has the honor of hosting next year’s championship and bringing home a brand new basket to their course and team sedgley hopes to do just that!

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Keep an eye or ear out online or at the course. Upcoming events include our June Monthly on Sunday the 26th, The Annual ‘Lefty’s Luau’ 4th of July Celebration and our Next Second Saturday Volunteer Clean-Up on Saturday July 9th. This is in addition to our weekly league events. There’s always something going on at Sedgley. See ya’s around.

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Don’t Miss Out On This Action Packed Sedgley Weekend!

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Saturday 9am – 12pm – Volunteers Needed for our Second Saturday Cleanup
Our course is in bad shape right now. It’s the time of year when over growth is at it’s fullest. The outback is eating discs and some longer holes are becoming down right unplayable. We have a great weekend ahead of us with lot’s in store. If any of us have some free time to coordinate with others and get out there for a few hours, we could get a lot done between now and the end of the Saturdays cleanup when all the fun starts. We will have a lot of guests this weekend, let’s get the course looking it’s best!!

Saturday 1pm – Saturday Tags
Pushed back to 1pm because of some good volunteer actions you want to sign in no later that 12:50pm. It should be a good day to try and get some points for the month of June We expect to see some single digit tags and lots of gold. If you have never won a gold tag, this could be your day!!! We’ve got a 2 horse race between Alex and Caleb up front and a few other battles in the mix as well. 2016 Tags are still available and good for 3 recorded rounds 3 times a week the rest of the year. Non tag holders are welcome to play for funsies.

Saturday 12pm – 6pm – Dynamic Disc 2 Disc Challenge
The Dynamic Disc Bus is rolling into town for the day. You can register for the 2 disc challenge and play your round any time from 12 – 6. It is Bring Your Own Partner. Lout will be the Original 1 – 18 Blues and you will be plying with 2 unreleased discs.
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Saturday After Tags – The annual Andy and Rome Birthday celebration, “A Mid Summers Night Jaeger!”
This is an especially fun day of the year, Come on out for some good eats & drink. …and Jaeger most likely. If you have any questions contact Miss Anne or send us a message. The Party starts after tags and will continue until after the Belmont Stakes Race. Quite possibly followed by some par 2 or dollar-and-a-disc putt off!

Saturday 5pm – The Belmont Stakes at Sedgley!
You can catch the last leg of the triple crown at Sedgley Woods. Post time is at 5:32. The Flat screen will be out for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget to bring your chair.

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Sunday 11am – Sunday Tags
Are at 11am as usual. Sign-in is no later than 10:50am.

Sunday 4pm – Sedgley Woods to Host the Great Eights Travel League
7 other clubs will be bringing their teams to Sedgley Woods this week to compete against the home team. Starts will be staggered from 4-5. Come on out and root for the FSW Team and show our guests a Sedgley Welcoming. At the end of the season, the winning team will be bringing home a new practice basket for their course.

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Philly Open Support

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This is the LAST week for Philly Open Sponsorships if you want to have a logo on the sponsor shirts or in the caddie guide. This is also the last week to purchase discounted $10 tickets to the Cultureal fundraiser show Saturday night at Underground Arts. They will be $15 day of. This benefits the Philly Open weekend & Players parties. Saturday 4/9 is also our Philly Open Volunteer workday from 9 – 12. We hope you can make it.

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This Saturday is the March Monthly, Come On Out!

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This Saturday is Sedgley’s Monthly Tournament and also a Philly Open fund raiser. We’ll have raffles for a basket and a ranger bag to be drawn during the event. We’re going to do a closest-to-the beer between rounds. Miss Anne & Crew will be grilling up dollar dogs, and donation meats. We’ll have an egg hunt for the ‘Sedgley Sapplings’ between rounds so bring your little ones out for that! Anne is also hosting an easter egg hunt for grownups after awards. (Hint: we’re looking for free raffle tickets and good beers!) It’s also Eryck Llewellyn Viking’s Birthday so make sure you get your licks in! Tournament registration at 9:30 and start call is at 10. 2 rounds $10 Ace pot included, side bets, CTP’s, multiple divisions. It’s going to be a great day. hope to see you all there.

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Philly Open Event Page (facebook)

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Players, Sponsors, Volunteers and anyone who wants to keep up news regarding this years Philly Open. Join the Facebook Event Page

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2016 Philly Open Commercial

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Let’s hear it for Dave Manzo and crew for producing this years Philly Open promo featuring footage from the 2015 Pro Day. Also a very special thanks to our 2015 Sponsors for making last years event better than ever. Excitement is building as the Friends of Sedgley Woods prepare for another great Philly Open weekend April 30th & May 1st. 2016 Sponsorships are available. Registration is still open for both days.

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Philly Stones League Demo at Sedgley Woods

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If you haven’t heard, Sedgley has new neighbors. The Philly Stones League. Stones is a game played in the woods and combines elements bocce, and golf with the natural terrain to create a game that appears to be a lot of fun. These guys are as passionate about their game as we are ours. Learn more at phillystones.com

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The Stones guys will be at Sedgley Woods this Saturday at 2:30 after tags league to give a demonstration on how the game is played. Join us as we give them a warm Sedlgey welcome to learn more about their game while showing them ours. After all they too have a course right up the street for anyone who gets hooked to it!

So stick around after tags or make your way out. The weather looks great, Miss Anne and her grill crew will be serving up hot dogs.

It’s going to be a good day to be in the woods.

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