When a player searches for Disc Golf Courses here in Edmonton only a handful of them appear. Unless you include the greater metro area in which you’ll have to drive a minimum of thirty minutes to reach the town’s of Beaumont, Leduc or Spruce Grove.
- Rundle Park
- Newster Park
- Hills at Charlesworth
- 4-Seasons in
- Water in View Park
- Spruce Grove
- Jubilee Park
Today, I chose to go as close to home as possible for Round One of disc golf with the new set of discs: a Discraft Machete driver, and Jawbreaker putter. Also an Innova Firebird driver and an Innova Leopard3 fairway driver.
- Sport: Disc Golf Course
- Location: The Hills at Charlesworth
- GPS: 53.4272509, -113.3988418
The Hills is a new housing development in the deep southeast of Edmonton. Its physically closer to the town of Beaumont (12 minutes away) then it is to the actual skyscrapers in downtown.
Part of this new neighbourhood development is a 9-hole disc golf course recognized by Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA).
The second reason I chose The Hills was due to its proximity to the 4-Seasons in Beaumont. This way I could check out two courses in the same afternoon.
Upon arrival, at the park I turned right then chucked a U-turn to pull up alongside the park. Truck in park, I looked around seeing no signs of a disc course. Then I pulled up the PDGA website to check the instructions.
Walk past the children’s playground and you will see an information sign as well as the first tee boxes.
As any good lad should do I read through the disc course rules along with etiquette and if other people are present what one should do, say, and act with civility.
Wandering over to the first hole I sized up the map and checked out the surroundings.
First, I viewed the small hill directly in front with an approximate 30-degree slope. Long shrubbery and tall native grasses on either side. Moving left on the red tee box, I could see the yellow lip of the basket. Challenge accepted.
Next I tested a couple of possible throwing stances along with alignments then said internally screw it, followed by my first throw of the Machete. It soared up as I released it and flew a short 30-feet or so. Laughter erupted from my body oh boy this is going to be fun!
Next and subsequent for the rest of the course I stepped through converting a second wind up and threw the yellow Innova Firebird. It too went the exsct same direction and it too stopped some 30-feet away from the tee box on the left side of the hill.
Standing at the two discs, I pulled the Leopard3, wound up, aimed and tossed it. From my position it looked great. We would soon learn it stopped within an arms reach of the basket.
Hole One: 3 on the scorecard, for Par.
The second hole was less intimidating mainly as the tee boxes were on top of a hill then you go down into a gully and back up a smaller hill to the basket.
The Machete went left into tall grass whilst the Firebird flew a straighter path but still ended up in the weeds!
A fairway driver up to the green made for an 8-foot shot with the Jawbreaker which went wide of the target.
Hole two, scorecard 4 for a bogey.
The 3rd and 4th holes were short back to back dog legs. The third I nearly decapitated the newly planted trees with the Machete. It landed twenty-two feet from the basket. A chip shot with the Jawbreaker which caught wind and went on by. 2nd shot the Jawbreaker nestled into the chains for Par.
Standing at the tee box number four seemed like a real challenge. I dropped the discs and went for a walk up the hill standing between I and wherever the basket stood.
On top of the hill the basket was actually more towards the “L” then I had imagined and thanked myself for checking before throwing.
I settled for aiming towards the crutch of the “L” with the Firebird which struck the hill and instantly stopped. A mulligan throw with the Machete didn’t get much further.
Shrugging it off, we wandered over to look through the grasses for the discs. Deciding to play from the Firebird’s location, I pulled out the Leopard3 and chucked it to within an arm’s length of the basket. Another solid 3 for par.
Coming around to 5, I was feeling fairly confident until my first release went wide and by wide I mean it flew somewhere into the fairway on #3.
Laughing at the dismal release, I pulled the Machete, and punched it up over the hill.
Wandering over to collect the lost in flight Firebird, I decided for a reprieve and picked up the disc then shot from the spot. The lucky charm must have been dangling around the leprechaun as the 2nd shot landed within 6-feet of the basket.
Smiling I went back up the hill to the Machete’s resting place. Leaving it on the ground I pulled the Leopard3 aimed and released it landed about ten feet past the basket.
Basket in close range I pulled the Jawbreaker and took aim then tossed from the Leopard3 as the Jawbreaker once again rattled the chains. Another bogey on the scorecard.
The sixth was a short hot mess, one bad throw after the next as the wind picked up each throw and added a few feet to its total distance.
Par went by as did the Jawbreaker, twice. Landing the scorecard with its first double bogey.
The seventh was straight as an arrow and this made reality more difficult when the reality is nearly every throw to this point faded right or turned left.
Thus straight would actually make this hole more difficult. And my hypothesis was correct.
Throw #1, I chose the Machete. It picked up speed then lifted into the air and began to fade right. By the time it landed it had gone 30 feet forward and 100 feet right, instead of straight!
Throw #2, I pulled back and swung forward releasing the Leopaed3. Immediatley it turned left then continued going as it caught some wind and vanished into the tall grasses as the winds continued to pick up.
Throw #3, I decided to bust out the Jawbreaker and crouched down to keep the disc low and out of the wind. Miraculously it worked but the disc only went twenty feet. Thus I switched up to the Leopard3 and viola! The disc flew through the low air and landed twenty-ish feet from the basket.
Throw #4, I went back to the putt & approach picking up the Jawbreaker then chucked it within three-feet of the basket for another bogey.
The eighth went down a nice fairway lowering into a small creek, then climbed a short hill up to the basket.
Machete in hand. Machete out of hand and down the fairway it went. Happily the disc went straight for the first time.
Standing in the fairway I judged the position to be approximately 80-feet to the basket. Leopard3 in hand, disc back, disc forward, and release. It went up, caught the wind and see you later!!
It flew through the air and over the fence, into the out of bounds. Back into the field and another toss of the Leopard3, this time it landed nearer the basket.
A quick toss of the Jawbreaker and the chains should have rattled but instead the winds changed directions and pushed it past. One more stroke and the Jawbreaker clicked the iron.
Hands on a Machete, everything else on the ground and I shuffled up to a spot for lining up the drive. The wind had really picked up again. Thankfully there was relief from this by the 25-foot mound on the right. Unfortunately I was still exposed and soon I would learn the basket was too.
The Machete faired in the wind as it exited and stayed on a low flight trajectory. Not impressed by the toss, I pulled the second driver: Firebird and chucked it. The Firebird did not fair any better as it landed on the asphalt walkway skidding to a halt.
Standing at the Machete two trees obscured the view of the basket. I pulled the Leopard3, lined up a path and tossed the disc, it landed nearly on top of the basket then turned onto its edge hit the ground running and did just that for about twelve extra feet.
At the Firebird, I opted to test out the “approach” of the Jawbreaker that was an awful idea. The Jawbreaker is more robust around the edges and open underneath. When the wind near the basket caught this disc it lifted it over the basket and it climbed three feet flying past the green approximately 15 feet.
Both second shots made shots for par more difficult. I tried keeping the shots low and near the basket. Scoring another bogey to end the course.
- Hole One: 3 for Par
- Hole Two: 4 for Bogey
- Hole Three: 3 for Par
- Hole Four: 3 for Par
- Hole Five: 4 for Bogey
- Hole Six: 5 for Double Bogey
- Hole Seven: 4 for Bogey
- Hole Eight: 6 for a Triple Bogey
- Hole Nine: 4 for Bogey
- Round Total: 36 of 27
Overall the course was challenging, and it felt good to complete the first round. So I decided for a second round since it was a beautifully warm sunny Saturday afternoon and the challenge was accepted again.