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Old 03-10-2018, 11:44 AM
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I don't think we knew how good we had it with Verdugo Hills.....now I'm sad.
It was a very fun course, and being lit up at night, plus a bar & grill made it even better!
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Old 04-20-2018, 05:28 PM
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My anxiety level is kind of off the chart, wondering if Sugaree will reopen in May. I'm afraid to ask. It's like that first time falling in love with a girl, everything in the world is sunny and the birds are singing, and then she tells you she's moving somewhere so far away, that you'll never see her again. You can feel your heart skip a few beats. Your stomach sinks, you look for somewhere to sit down. That's how I feel about the special courses in my life.

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Old 04-20-2018, 05:34 PM
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My anxiety level is kind of off the chart, wondering if Sugaree will reopen in May. I'm afraid to ask. It's like that first time falling in love with a girl, everything in the world is sunny and the birds are singing, and then she tells you she's moving somewhere so far away, that you'll never see her again. You can feel your heart skip a few beats. Your stomach sinks, you look for somewhere to sit down. That's how I feel about the special courses in my life.
I think I remember reading that Mando doesn't want to have Sugaree listed any longer, but it's not closing. Would love to be able to play that one someday.

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Old 04-20-2018, 05:44 PM
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I think I remember reading that Mando doesn't want to have Sugaree listed any longer, but it's not closing. Would love to be able to play that one someday.
It's everything you've heard it is! Unique. Beautiful. Extreme. Tough. Rewarding. Fun. The topography there is just about the most otherworldly I have ever seen, as someone that has not strayed far from The NC Piedmont. We need unique courses, like this, lest our heart and soul feel lost, and empty.

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Old 04-20-2018, 06:11 PM
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I think in terms of uniqueness, Crystal City has to win this debate, right?...
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:38 PM
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I think in terms of uniqueness, Crystal City has to win this debate, right?...
As you said, "in terms of uniqueness," Crystal City at least has to be in the conversation. It wasn't necessarily great DG, but it was unlike any other course I've played. The ultimate glow round with walls and ceilings, atmosphere completely unlike anything else.

Often misstated as being in a cave, it was underground, but in a former silica mine, and completely man-made... so no geologic formations like stalactites or stalagmites. It was a maze of intersecting tunnels with fairways of extremely fine sand that found it's way into everything... found it's way into compartments in my bag that were zipped shut the entire time.

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Old 04-20-2018, 10:15 PM
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...atmosphere completely unlike anything else..
Yeah, 50/50 combination of air and dust.

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My anxiety level is kind of off the chart, wondering if Sugaree will reopen in May. I'm afraid to ask. It's like that first time falling in love with a girl, everything in the world is sunny and the birds are singing, and then she tells you she's moving somewhere so far away, that you'll never see her again. You can feel your heart skip a few beats. Your stomach sinks, you look for somewhere to sit down. That's how I feel about the special courses in my life.
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I think I remember reading that Mando doesn't want to have Sugaree listed any longer, but it's not closing. Would love to be able to play that one someday.
He told me last week it's closed for good, unless he gets new knees which is unlikely.
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Old 04-20-2018, 11:24 PM
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Well, aren't you the bearer of bad news.
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Old 04-21-2018, 09:00 AM
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Gran Canyon, Brooksville, FL
Still Waters Farm, Govan, SC

Are two of my Top-5 all-time. Until recently I considered the Canyon the best course I'd ever played.

Stonhenge, Nashville, TN is pretty high on my list, as well

Met a guy Sunday who had played Laurel Springs, which I just missed playing and is now about 15 years extinct.
Well, things have changed a bit in the 5 1/2 years since I posted that. The Canyon has gone from extinct to virtually-extinct, mystically appearing as a temp course once a year, not in its original configuration but still awful good. In the meantime, Hampton Park, the annual temp course in Charleston, SC that was also one of my all-time favorites, is only a memory now.

Now, Sugaree?

What hasn't changed is my advice to support and love your local private courses. You don't know how long they'll be with you. And don't take your favorite public courses for granted, either---you never know when the local government or community will decide they have a better use for the land, so try not to give them extra reasons to consider alternatives to the disc golf course.

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