This past Sunday, we decided to seize the day and jump on a new activity in Austin. Disc golf.
Eric already had some discs that he used back in Seattle, but I was disc-less. Beginning our search for discs, we turned to something familiar: Sports Authority. Alas, the Sports Authority employee I spoke to on the phone admitted that their selection was dismal and they only sold single discs, not sets. Bummer.
But! The employee was awesome enough to recommend a disc golf store here in Austin, called Disc Nation. Disc Nation was closing at 4 PM, so we shimmied down to Slaughter Lane to get the haps.
Yet another Austin small business bonanza.
Disc Nation has a mind-boggling selection of new and used discs.
I was able to get a driver, mid-range and putter in a set for a great price. Disc Nation sells way more than discs and has pretty much any accessory you might need as a disc golf pro. I’m certainly not there yet.
Also, out behind the store they have a huge field where you can test discs before you buy. Though I did see a note on Foursquare that warned about losing discs because of how large the testing area is.
We picked up a map that listed all the disc golf courses in the Austin area. Plus we got some score cards and a little pencil! The employee at Disc Nation told us that there was a course right down the road on Slaughter. But it was ranked Difficult and I wasn’t really up for that. The alternative: The Beginner course at Zilker Park.
There are 18 holes at Zilker, but we only got 9 in before twilight. The place is really busy on the weekends, but everyone seemed really nice. I suck at throwing discs, so that was really embarrassing. But I’m practicing and getting better.
Word to the wise: When you finish Hole 4, go to the left and not the right. We went to the right and ended up…taking the scenic route.
I can’t wait to experience all of the disc golf courses in the Austin area. Who knew Austin was “The World’s #1 Disc Golf City”?
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