1/30/12: The Dude Chronicles: Vol. 2 “Notes from the Underground”
Our crack team of researchers has assured us that this is the world’s first underground Disc Golf Course, right here in our own backyard. In addition to golf, there are sand volleyball courts, air soft tournaments, beer and beverage sales on site, an underground lake featuring barge rides, and all sorts of other bells and whistles that make this a “must” for any local golf enthusiast. Many of the details are still in flux: additional lighting is being added, some holes will change their shape as things develop, and, currently, the complex is only open to golfers on Friday evenings from 7pm-Midnight, when the sand volleyball league also takes place. But even at this early stage in its development, The Underground is truly a “kid in the candy store” kind of experience.
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On January 28th, after the 3rd Ice Bowl Series event @ West City Park, The Dude led an intrepid band of merry makers into the maw of this exciting new Disc Golf development- and (as far as we know anyway ) we all made it out alive! An unbelievable time…flashing LED lights tracing the arc of the discs into the darkness devouring the fairways; the resonant sounds of fellow golfers’ successes and failures while navigating the winding rock-wall fairways; the cool, moist mine air filling one’s lungs with the sweet elixir of an enjoyable evening; the frosty beverages flowing freely from the well-stocked cooler (the drinks are actually $2, but “flowing freely” just has that alliterative ring to it!). Donations in excess of $200 were also raised for CCU owner/operator Tom Kerr’s Charity “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” in Jefferson County, which dovetailed nicely with the charity theme of the Ice Bowls. The next planned event is a Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 5th- the day after the 23rd Annual Hazelwood Ice Bowl…come on down and get subterranean!
As with any undertaking of this size, The Dude did not do it alone, and he wanted to make sure that all the folks who helped make this dream a reality were properly recognized: Dave and Jen Garver, Greg Van Horn, Dan Fritz, Daniel Doss, Matt Augustin, Alan Amos, Aaron Walther, Greg Dohogne, Nathan Sauer, CCU owner/operator Tom Kerr, and everyone else who had a hand in this- you have officially entered the pantheon of STL-Disc Golf Legends…thanks for making this happen! Stop by the STLDGC forums to keep up with all of the news on The Underground.
Look for the next installment of “The Dude Chronicles” to find out!
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additional photo credits for this installment of The Dude Chronicles go to Daniel Doss, Matt Augustin, and Jesse Baker