Join us on December 16th at Cherry Street Tavern located at 129 North 22nd Street for the annual FSW Holiday Party. Food & Cash Bar. 7:30pm
The Hyzerphlipadelphia Open #2 will be taking place this upcoming Saturday November 5th hosted by Mr. Disc Golf & Hyzerflip.
There is still room to get on board and you can Register HERE
PLEASE NOTE the course will be very crowded for casual play on this day with 18 of the 27 holes reserved for tournament play only. There will not be a Saturday Tags League. Tags will resume the next day (Sunday) at 11am.
Upcoming events at Sedgley Woods Disc Golf Course include the September Monthly THIS Saturday. It’s Miss Annes Birthday so come on out to show some love and celebrate! Pizza for lunch, pot luck after the second round so bring an item to share. Next Tuesday is the $20 Doubles League end of year finale. There will be CTP’s and a donation from YARDS Brewery. Everyone is encouraged to play, it will be a shorter layout than normal due to daylight and anyones for the taking. Our next volunteer workday is on October 8th (but feel free to help out on the course anytime!) Also we are planning a Fall Fun Day for Family & Friends on Sunday October 16th. This will be great day to bring out the kids or to introduce a friend or family member to Disc Golf. As always we have our tag league 3 days a week and $5 Seeded Doubles (great for beginners!) every Thursday. Check the banner for start times.
The weather was great all weekend in the high 80’s with little to no humidity. We had 35 golfers take part in Monday’s One & Done Tournament hosted by Jason Coef and the FSW gang. We played to set a new course record on 28 holes (27 blues plus the field hole across the street) using only 1 disc. If you were to lose your disc or somehow break it, you would be eliminated from the tournament although we were fortunate to not see this happen.
We had 3 in the ladies division and Miss Anne won with a blue buzzz in 97 throws. We had a begginers division and Ken takes it down with a 97. The largest field was in the Intermediate division where Terry Ruth beat out 11 others with a 74. We only had 4 guys in the Advanced division and it was Glenn Funkhouser taking it down in 76 strokes. Andy King sure likes his new Discraft Ace Race disc and he won the Masters division by 5 strokes with it shooting a 75.
Jake Azato was a favorite coming into the day after posting earlier in the week of a -16 from the 18 Blues with his Nova putter. However Jake and TD Jason Coefer settled for a second place tie at -14. Congratulations to our Labor Day One & Done pro winner, Stu Kaplan. Stu set the current course record for 28 holes with one disc at -17 using a blue Innova XD.
CTP’s on 1, 18 and across the street were won by Jake, King and Caleb. We had $105 in the Ace Pot and no one hit it so the winner was determined by Ring of Fire. After a few attempts it was Venose’ disc remaining in the bucket of 18 and making him the big money winner of the day.
During the event you could smell Rome’s ribs all the way from hole #5 and once we were all ‘Done’ from our ‘One’ we were treated by the FSW kitchen Crew to a taco bar with chicken and pork.
Special Thanks to Jason Coef for taking the initiative to put together what turned out to be a great day and a fun event enjoyed by all. The bar has been set at -17 and this should be a regular challenge held at least once a year moving forward seems to be the general consensus. Stu K, Andy, Anne, Rome and anyone who helped with registration or scoring we thank you. Bush, Grizz, Anne and anyone who helped with food or just made a nice donation, thank you. These fine folks raised $160 for the club. Great efforts, guys!
Don’t forget this Saturday! We will have our monthly Volunteer workday from 9 – 12. There’s a lot of trash around the course lately and it would be great to get some good workers to help with that as well as some trimming and possibly a teepad. Shout out to Stu Straw who has been repairing an old riding mower and mowing fairways!
Paid to Play – Registration for the Annual Milk the Goat tournament will open at noon with a 1pm start time. This is a fun event and great for everyone. It is free to play and if you complete 2 rounds from the short original Sedgley blue layout you will be paid $1 for your efforts by the Old Goat himself. We will be accepting disc and prize donations to award for CTP’s. Pizza Party Hosted by the Friends of Sedgley Woods.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.