Sunday, December 07, 2014

Disc Golf Tournament

I sort of stumbled upon a very entertaining event yesterday when I discovered we were hosting a huge Disc Golf Tournament here.  My first clue was when I spotted huge groups of "young" people gathering with strange looking back packs.  LOL 
 
Being the shy person that I am, I immediately had to approach the group and ask a ton of questions.  I'd never met anyone involved in this sport so it was fascinating to learn more about it.  Each of their discs is specially weighted for distance and curve so they have a driver, putter, etc just like our avid golfers.   The tough part though is when a disc strays off course and drowns in a pond.  It's not like losing a $2 golf ball as each disc can cost from $20-$40.  Ouch!!
 
 
 
When you carry a bag like these, you're looking at a sizeable investment.
Instead of using a hole in the ground for a target, they have to land the disk in a basket like this.
 
 
Our lawn bowl area was a perfect place for warming up and a few side bets.  It was fascinating to watch and the accuracy was quite impressive.
 
 
Our ponds were bulging over their banks due to recent rain so the obstacles were more challenging.  After the waters recede, it will be fun to go looking for the discs that strayed over the water.  (They don't float!  LOL)
Our greens were "out of bounds" so no one wanted to land there and the players totally avoided walking on the greens.  Thought I'd mention that so our golfers would not be concerned.
 
Quite a few of our residents enjoyed watching the tournament.  I'd see them out on their patios or on their bikes riding from spot to spot.  Most clapped and cheered for the great shots they saw......or awwwed in sympathy when a pond greedily swallowed up a stray disc. 
 
One of the goals of this tournament was to raise awareness of the sport.  The players told us about the age categories and mentioned they have 55+ categories, 65+ and even higher.  Are any of you interested in starting something new??
It was hard to get a "launch" photo.
 
 
J. Haas from "Go n Golf" was a sponsor for the event so had a booth set up for display.  He is a true Casa Grande native and has a store on Florence Blvd just west of the railroad overpass past the Holiday Inn hotel.  "J" said he loves his mobile pro shop and attends many events in the area.
 
 
Cute golf club covers. 

 The sun came out later in the afternoon making for a beautiful reflection into the pond.  It was a lovely day!  If Palm Creek gets the opportunity to host something like this again, I hope we'll get some advanced notice so we can plan to attend.  Maybe I missed the announcement somewhere??
 
 
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We had a nice crowd at the computer seminar Saturday morning when the Geeks on Tour presented a class about my favorite photo editing software called Picasa.
 
 
 
By popular request, Chris and Jim will conduct a three hour "hands on" Picasa class scheduled on Monday, December 22 at 9:00 a.m. in the SanTan room.  Advanced registration and payment ($25) is REQUIRED as class size is limited.  Look for the sign up sheet in Activities.  There is a clipboard that announces the Geeks on Tour classes.
 
 
To see a full listing of their other classes, go to the link at the top of this blog.  Tomorrow evening (Monday, Dec 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m.) is a presentation about smart phones and tablets.  Show that phone of yours that it is NOT smarter than you are.
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Our new Prickly Pear classroom has finally arrived.  With all the clubs and activities we have, extra meeting space is heavily in demand.  This additional space will be available soon.  (we hope :))
 

 
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This display is in one of the windows along the hallway in the admin building.  The jewelry is beautiful....but did you realize that all of this was made by our residents in their lapidary or silver smithing classes?  Awesome. 
 
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