Today we go back to the archives! FSW Treasurer, Dave Prue recaps his 16 day road trip back in September 2014! Enjoy….
Thur 8/28 – leave at 5a and arrive at Deer Lakes DGC just southeast of Pittsburgh, (exit 48 on the PA turnpike), it’s my favorite course in the Pittsburgh DG mecca which includes Moraine St Pk and Knob Hill. Deer Lakes has 3 permanent cement tees on each hole and two possible different baskets positions. It has great elevation changes, wooded and open holes, par’s 3, 4 and 5 s and a signature water carry shot on 15; it’s definitely in my top 10 as a course.
Drive another 2 hours to just south of Cleveland to Punderson State Pk. This fairly new completely wooded course with two sets of very long cement tees started out very difficult and too tight for my liking. Some very good Sedgley-like wooded holes with elevation changes were found though. Its scenic location playing near Lake Pine included water on one side of many holes.
Fri 8/29 – drive 4 hours to my hometown, South Bend, IN and the Univ of Notre Dame.
Sat 8/30 – Notre Dame beats Rice convincingly 48-17.
Mon 9/1 Labor Day – couldn’t sleep well so I left at 4:30a to drive thru Chicago before sunrise and onto Wisconsin slightly southeast of Green Bay to Rollin’ Ridge DGC, the highest rated course in the state and currently 4th best rated in the world. Below is my exact review of it online at dgcoursereview.com:
Pros: Private…country club like setting. $5 to play and I consider this a plus, it’s that good!
The amenities include: practice basket, driving range net, pro shop, indoor restroom and shower, indoor bar, fire pit and on site camping is also available.
3 sets of CEMENT tees, black (long), red (medium) and orange (short). The landscaped tees are the best I’ve seen in over 300+ courses that I have played. They were usually raised above ground level, had benches, trash buckets and rock gardens and/or gravel surrounding them.
A lot of variety shots are required: downhill, uphill, right to left, left to right, straight, open, wooded, nothing extremely tight or unfair.
They have built wooded structures near some tees to protect you from errant shots.
No map is needed as I found my way around easily because there are plenty of signs pointing you in the right direction. The back 9 has un-natural flow but is easy to navigate though. The path to #15 passed #7’s tee.
A few water/hazards aka swamps that can affect play especially on #9’s approach shot.
#14 wall/walls built leading up to the basket.
Per the tee signs multiple pins placements although the A, B or C wasn’t always circled on the sign.
A few bridges were built to help you over wet or muddy ground.
Cons: Just a few…Bugs…bring bug spray.
Muddy in some of the lower terrain (I played here before and after rain).
Bring appropriate foot wear which I always do anyway.
Other Thoughts: I drove 4 hours and got to RR at 7:40a on Labor Day and played here and came back the next morning by 8:30a for another round so I missed the pro shop and bar being open. I had the course to myself and loved it. The course was very FUN to pay!
The golf shots and course weren’t extremely difficult. I’m an Adv Grand Master rated just below 900 and shot right just about par (using a couple of mulligans on the drives). I’m used to harder courses in the Mid-Atlantic/Pennsylvania area and was expecting more par 4 ‘s for being a top 5 course. I did not play the pro black tees though.
Compared to the other 4 star rated courses in the area (Silver Creek and Winter Park) I’d play here every time over those two.
I’d love to come back someday in the future and play RR later in the day. It is now listed as one of my favorites here on DGCR.
Since it rained I then toured Lambeau Field home of the Green Bay Packers which was only 30 minutes away. I’m not a Packers fan but that facility is very impressive. I can also appreciate its historic football significance.
Tues 9/2 – After playing the over-rated 24 hole Winter Park DGC I took a 4 hour car ferry boat ride across Lake Michigan from Manitowic, WI to Ludington, MI.
Weds 9/3 – drove 2 hours north to Hickory Hills DGC in Traverse City, MI. If you’re ever in this area be sure to patronize Tilly’s Party Store, they have a great selection of carry out craft beers and golf discs for sale and is located just minutes from the course. The 24 hole course is very good while being physically demanding with parts of it being on an old ski lodge. It has a few epic downhill shots; just don’t go long on #19 like I did. It took me 3 shots to finish 190’ uphill on a 635’ downhill hole!
Driving 4 hours back to South Bend, IN while driving within 30 minutes of Flip City DGG, at my one time favorite DGC was an easy drive after so many days of golf but a missed opportunity.
Sat 9/6 – Notre Dame dominates Michigan, 31-0.
Thur 9/11 – I picked up Tim G at a nearby bus stop and we drove 2 hours to Burchfield Pk near Lansing, MI. The “Devils Den” course with two baskets and two tees on most of the holes, you have a choice of 4 different layouts to play. The course is slightly wooded and very well maintained, the cut grass and manicured fairways were in spectacular shape. Many holes had moderate elevation and small sand traps similar to a ball golf course. #18’s long basket area with a rock wall, flowers and a waterfall made a great finishing hole. Burchfield is now in my top 5. It’s so worth the $4 fee if the park is staffed. A 2nd more wooded course “Rivers Edge” is also in the same park, you have to see and play #2 down the toboggan run. Do not leave here without doing this! Two rounds in this park on either course or configuration is a spectacular day of golf.
I hadn’t played 3 rounds in the same day in two years but with a short drive south to Victory Park in Albion, MI and 2 hours of daylight left, our golf was not done for the day. I knew the course was very good having been there twice before. The front nine is hilly with large trees while the back nine has several signature water holes throwing over or next to a small river. Back to South Bend that evening.
Fri 9/12 – drive 90 minutes SE from South Bend to Warsaw, IN and Little Bighorn Golf Club… with carts costing only $9 for 2 golfers. The DG course sits adjacent to the regular golf course with a scenic layout and a few water hazards. Holes run through two separate wooded areas. Be sure to ask Tim the results of our match play side bets, it was a shutout both rounds. Continued onto Indianapolis.
Sat 9/13 – a quick 6 mile drive to Dillon Park in Noblesville, IN which is a very nice suburb where the park system put in a very nice manicured mostly open course with two tees and plenty of water hazards.
ND beats Purdue in an ugly 30-14 football game in Lucas Oil stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts.
Sun 9/14 – heading back east after 15 days (for me), we stop NE of Columbus, OH at Lobdell Reserve DGC in Alexandria, OH. I had never heard of this course until heading east while on the highway already.
Great variety along the course was found with open areas to test your distance throws and tight areas to test your short game. It was very hilly, I was exhausted from being on the road and I had 7 more hours to drive home, so only one round was played here. Our side bet side came out even after I tied it up on the last hole with my best ‘helix’ drive ever.
Drove 9 hours back to Philly.
October 2014 4 day road trip
Sun 10/12 – After working most of the weekend near the Meadowlands in northern NJ, I drove 2 hours north on the NY Thruway to Joraleman Pk aka J-Park in Coeymans, NY (about 20 minutes south of Albany). This 27 hole course is a story of 3 different 9’s, print a map ahead of time. The front 9 is fairly open and flat yet with well protected pins. #4 on top a rock formation stood out. Across the road the wooded very hilly middle 9 reminded me of Devens in MA. I shot well on this portion of the course but imagine it won’t easy next time. It’s such a great stretch of holes. The last 9 back to the flatness were simply average after the previous nine.
Mon 10/3 – I drove across Massachusetts west to east including most of Cape Cod to the Nantucket Island ferry. Leaving a car behind just doesn’t seem normal. Walked .5 mile to catch a bus on the last day it ran for the season to a bus stop .25 mile from the course. The Nantucket DGC was designed by John Houck, the premier in the business. Long and completely flat with two sets of cement tees and well defined fairways reminded me of two Texas courses that I have played. This is hard to believe on an island! The rough can be rough with holly bushes and some stickers so wear long pants. I checked one off the bucket list here.
Drove just an hour to Stonehill College (south of Boston) to visit an old friend and had a fine Oktoberfest dinner and celebration.
Tues 10/4 – Walked 5 holes but didn’t play any of Macy Fields DGC, it was too wooded and too new for me to play knowing Maple Mill was within an hour. Maple Hill DGC in Leicester, MA (just west of Worcester) is my favorite course ever played with four tees and two baskets on most holes. Water and hills are major factors as well. The fail foliage in New England made it an even better setting.
Weds 10/5 – Toured the Army’s West Point Military Academy in the morning and drove home in the afternoon.
October in Arizona
Weds 10/5 – Flew to Phoenix, AZ and didn’t play golf until day three. Touring the south rim of the Grand Canyon and Sedona, AZ took precedence. Once back in Phoenix Greenfield Lakes was two disc golf courses on a 18 ball course with cart rental and fees only $10 total. My sister drove the cart while I played the course. It had rolling green fairways with water and sand bunkers. Flat yet a very fun round of golf.
Sat 10/8 – Notre Dame got crushed by Arizona St 55-31.
Sun 10/9 –Fountain Hills DGC in a suburb about 15 NW of Phoenix is in a desert town yet this park has green grass and a HUGE fountain. The first PDGA tour stop is held here each year, you can find plenty of tournament videos of it online. I lost a disc in the water and got a disc caught in one of the non-palm trees in the desert. I then caught a red eye flight back home with no vacation days left.
Join us this Saturday January 30th for the ‘Nice Bowl’ Monthly Tournament & Chili cookoff! We will be collecting non perishable food items for Senior Citizens in neighboring Strawberry Mansion.
Tournament Info: Sedgley Woods DGC – 9am Reg – 10am Start – 2 Rounds – All Divisions $10 – Ace Pot Included – Super Side Pot Available – CTP’s
Chili Cook Off Info: Bring your best Chili for a chance to win a cash prize! Please heat your chili ahead of time and bring your own camping stove and propane if possible. We will have limited heating sources (no electric). Please provide your own sides and toppings. Please reach out to Miss Anne with any questions on Facebook or at the course. Small taster cups and spoons will be provided to taste and judge.
Please note: The tasting is first come first serve. Please take small amounts to allow everyone to taste and judge. You should still prepare to bring your own lunch in the event the chili runs out before you get off the first round. The more people we get to enter, the more chili there will be to eat so let’s get our chili on!
After 5 events Aaron and Knick Knapp are tied for 1st place.
Nick Knapp Aces hole 8 and wins the #1 tag with a hot score of -11 to tie Aaron Fahey at event #3 on 1/7/16.
Event #3 Lead card on 1/7/16
Immediately following our New Year’s Day Bash on Friday was the inaugural tag round of the year. The weather was just as agreeable as the previous day. We had a decent sized crowd of mostly regulars, all eager to get off to a healthy start in hopes of a better run in 2016.
Consecutive top 6 tags were all up for grabs for this first round. It seemed as if no one came into the clubhouse happy about their score and that everyone had trouble out there in one way or another. It was 2015 Tag Champ Aaron Fahey winning the first #1 tag of the year by virtue of the half stroke tiebreaker over John Murphy who also shot a +1 for the day.
What are Sedgley Tags?
Perhaps you are a new player looking to improve your game and get to know the Friends of Sedgley Woods, or you’ve been playing a while and you are looking for regular weekly competition. Maybe you’re traveling through Philadelphia and looking for some local Disc Golf action. Either way, Sedgley’s Gold Tag Challenge is a fun and competitive way to challenge yourself, AND the course.
2016 Tags are available on scheduled league days. Obtaining a tag requires a $20 donation that goes toward maintaining the course throughout the year. Depending on how well you play, and what tags are available that day, you would be awarded points for the top numbered 40 tags. There are 3 recorded rounds every week, including end of the month tournaments. Last years Gold Tag Challenge consisted of 147 events!
Tag rounds are held on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Always check the website & Facebook pages for start times. You MUST sign in at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled start time or you will receive the half stroke penalty. Tie breakers are determined by the tag # you came in with on that day.
In our continued effort to encourage more women to play disc golf, we have ladies tags available for free. See Anne Reese or Karen Flick for more information.
Here’s to another great year of friendly competition. Shoot well, and good luck to all!
Another memorable and fun filled New Year’s Day Party took place this past Friday.
The morning weather was chilly but favorable as hundreds of disc golfers, frisbee enthusiasts, along with their friends and family arrived at Sedgley Woods for undoubtedly the most popular event of the year.
With the buzz of Dave Manzo’s drone overhead capturing the essence of it all, everyone greeted and mingled with friends old and new, near and far. No time was wasted in getting the food out. Everyone enjoyed a huge buffet style pot luck feast. Anne, E Bush, Grizz and others really know how to take care of hungry guests and thank you to everyone who contributed to the food.
“Fire in the Hole” rang out from the libations tent regularly and Ule went right to work as he does every year with his famous Bloody Marys. Topher and Nan with help from others ran the registration tent. There were a total of 9 divisions. This was the 39th annual New Year’s Day extravaganza. Per tradition, the founder of Sedgley Woods, Jim Powers hosted the champagne toast and as he does every year. Cheers from the crowd roared as he exclaimed, “May all your shots go straight, may all your putts go in, Everyone have a happy new year!”
FSW Executive Director John “Stash” DiSciascio presented this year’s honorary lifetime membership award to Jerome “Rome “ Vernon. Over the years Rome has been very instrumental in the transformation of Sedgley Woods. He has been on the FSW Board of Directors for many years and if you’ve ever lost a disc at Sedgley and had it returned then chances are it was him who got it back to you. He spends countless hours behind the scenes cutting out trails painting tee pad markers and painting and building benches. He’s the Rock of Sedgley and is always available when he’s needed to attend a meeting with Parks staff and assist John Stash. Sedgley wouldn’t be the great course it is without him.
David Woods then took the horn and awarded our top 3 2015 Tag Champions. 2014 Tag Champ, Caleb Hoff finished in 3rd place with 461 Points, only 1 point behind Jason Coefer in 2nd place with 462 Points. But it was Aaron Fahey winning his 5th Gold Tag Challenge Championship to come out on top with an impressive, record breaking perfect score of 480 points by winning the #1 tag in all 12 months of 2015. Congratulations, Aaron. The top 40 points earners for 2015 were awarded special one of a kind mosaic trophies created by Woodsy and his helpers. He does this for us every year and it is truly a unique and appreciated tradition.
Everyone gathered around the basket of hole #18 for the annual group photo and then it was off to our holes. A record breaking 245 golfers spread out across most of the original course to take on a round of the short tees. Most groups averaged close to 20 people or more. Heard groups stopped to graze once they holed out of 9 and 18 as the huge selection food was replenished throughout the day. The round lasted about 4 hours.
Click Here for Tournament Results
PROFESSIONAL DISC GOLFER RAISES AWARENESS FOR AUTISM 11/21/2015 National Disc Golf Champion Scott Stokely to Hold Special Needs Disc Golf Class and Charity Doubles Tournament
Scott Stokely is a man on a mission. That mission is to raise Autism awareness through the sport he loves, Disc Golf. Working with local Disc Golf Clubs across the North East, Scott will be hosting a series of 26 Charity Disc Golf Tournaments and free Special Needs Clinics this winter. In doing so, he hopes to spread knowledge, Autism awareness, and empower others to be proactive in their support of people with special needs in their communities. Proceeds raised during these events benefit the Franziska Racker Center, an organization that helps individuals with disabilities and their families.
Scott and the Sedgley Woods Disc Golf Club will be hosting a Charity Doubles Disc Golf event at Sedgley Woods Disc Golf Course (in Philadelphia, PA) on Saturday, Nov 21 at 10:30am (Snow or Shine!). Cost of entry is $60 a team, and all registrants will receive a special edition disc and shirt. New players and kids are encouraged to come out and join in the play! Registration can be done online at www.SoStokely.com/events . In addition, a free “Intro to Disc Golf” class for kids and adults with special needs at 9:00am. Any person with special needs and their families are encouraged to attend!
How can you participate?
1. If you know anyone with special needs, bring them to the free 9:00am class and let Scott introduce this fantastic and affordable hobby that can be enjoyed by the whole family. and/or…
2. Bring a partner and play in the $60 per team doubles round at 10:30am. Everyone of all skill levels are invited to play and every person who enters will receive a $20 golf disc and a shirt just for playing!
Through these events Scott hopes to promote what he calls “Blue Power”. “Blue Power is about knowledge and ending ignorance about autism.” Says Scott, “Everyone who comes to our events will leave knowing a little about this issue affecting millions around the world. Just like pink is the color of breast cancer awareness, blue is the color of autism awareness.” According to SoStockely.com, when someone has Blue Power they are encouraged to do two things;
1. Share information about Autism to others and help spread Blue Power.
2. Interact with people with autism and their families and help end the isolation they often feel.
Scott’s ultimate goal is for everyone who plays disc golf to have Blue Power, and through Disc Golf make the world a better place.
It’s Fall Love Your Park Time. Join Us for one of our biggest volunteer workdays of the year this upcoming Saturday 11/14. Look for projects to be posted at the course with project leaders assigned to each job. We will be spreading mulch, planting trees, raking leaves, Removing downed logs (Holes 18 & 15) and Much more. Lunch provided by the Friends of Sedgley Woods for workers. Tags will be postponed to at least 1pm.
For more information, visit loveyourpark.org/
The Friends of Sedgley Woods Welcome Mr. Disc Golf to Philadelphia this weekend to host 2 great events, back-to-back!
Saturday October 31st is the HyzerFlipadelphia Open a PDGA C-Tier event.
Please be advised the course will be unplayable for casual golfers on Saturday during these 2 PDGA sanctioned rounds. Saturday Tags League has been cancelled.
Tournament Layout TBA.
Entry Fees: All Pro Divisions Pro $45 • Advanced $40 • All Other Divisions $35
• Ace Pot Included With Entry
*add $10 if you are not a current PDGA Member
Register online for this event Here
Sunday November 1st is the Sedgley “BOO Doubles” BYOP Doubles Event
For the first round everyone will be playing 1 – 27 Blue. Second round will be 1 – 18 blue.
Please be advised the course will be extremely crowded for casual golf on Sunday during these 2 Doubles Rounds. Sunday Tags League has been cancelled.
Entry Fee: $60 per Team (Includes Ace Pot)
* Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory.
Register online for this event Here
Agenda for Both Days:
Check-in / Registration: 8am – 9am
Players Meeting: 9am
Round 1 Tee Off: 9:15am
Lunch: 12pm (Tentative)
Round 2: will commence 45 mins after last card is turned in.
TD: Mike Solt – 610-844-1222 – firstname.lastname@example.org