Collections tend to have one thing in common: an assortment of neat items that shouldn’t be handled by anyone if it can be avoided. Occasionally a person comes along who definitely has what would be considered a collection but one that is intended to be used daily, weather permitting. Consider Dan Jones and his assortment of flying discs.
“I was a late bloomer to disc golf, maybe 19 or 20 when I started playing,” says Jones. “My roommate got me hooked, and since then I try to get out and play as often as I can.”
Currently Jones owns roughly 30 discs, though he says he’s easily lost just as many. Like golf, the discs used in disc golf range from drivers to midrange to short game and putters. Jones admits that you really don’t need this many when you play, but like any other hobby, the merchandise is tough to resist.
“My Valkyrie is my go-to,” Jones says. “It’s the one disc I always make sure and grab if I’m heading out.”
There are more than 25 courses in the central Iowa area, so the difficult question Jones and his friends have to face is where to play.
“I think I’d have to say Pickard Park in Indianola is my favorite course, but there are so many it’s easy to keep every location fresh,” Jones says. “Ewing Park and the VA Hospital are the two courses I’d like to hit up this summer, though I’m pretty sure the VA is for patients only.”
While there is an abundance of courses around Des Moines, there’s also an abundance of players looking to get a game in. That’s why Jones prefers the morning game versus the afternoon. It’s the combination of the cool morning air and the freedom to play at your own speed that makes the morning great, says Jones.
Walking the course with a friend is one of the most fun things you can do in the summer, Jones says. At 6’4” inches, Jones looks like the stereotypical athlete, but in the game of disc golf, size does not matter.
“It’s so funny because it’s these scrawny little (punks) who look like nothing and they get up and blast the disc 150 yards,” Jones says. “It’s ridiculous and awesome.”
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