East Bound and Down
My latest travels brought me to the suburbs of Atlanta in search of the rhythm and soul sensation of Huey Lewis and The News, the crisp finish of Sweetwater’s finest yield, culinary tour of the local hot spots and disc golf at Wills Park. Matt Moore embarked upon this adventure with me with what I can only assume was gusto and trepidation. This was his first time to play disc golf.
Locating the first tee is a task in and of itself. Luckily we were able to find an employee that was able to point us in the right direction. This quest took us past pavilions, baseball fields and tennis courts until we found ourselves adjacent to a bathroom with a practice basket in the front. The first fairway brought us to one of the meandering creeks that flow throughout the entirety of the park. The majority of the holes were not only adjacent to a creek but also in a flood plain (bringing an extra pair of shoes is not a bad idea). I was one of the lucky few that managed to fall in the creek (think around #4) and later had the pleasure of walking the rest of the course with a large brown streak on my backside. Good times.
The rest of the course plays fairly quickly until you get to #s 15 and 16. Getting lost is a given but the best part is locating #17 which happens to be at the other end of the park. I will have to say that playing eighteen holes at Wills Park is sort of like performing the lead role in Jim Henson’s “Labyrinth”; you feel directionless (poor course markings), confused with the spontaneous outbreaks of song and dance (nearby pavilions are host to summer camps) and witness to things you don’t ordinarily see (neighboring equestrian arena and an overabundance of discarded baseballs).
I would definitely play this course again.
- Concrete tee boxes with awesome signs
- Saw a couple of snakes chilling (one in a creek and another in the woods)
- Restroom on the course (not sure what the deal was with the benches inside – very odd)
- The local players we met gave helpful advice on hole locations and playability
- Lack of signs, course markings, etc.
- Played course in wet shoes and muddy shorts
- There were a LOT of people on the walking trails – try not to hit anyone
- A good bit of poison oak and ivy – watch out