Posted by mojoe4u
Saturday evening rolls around and it begins; scratching of the arms, body spasms, slurred speech and uncontrolled movement of my legs. I’m jonesing. It’s been 2 weeks since I played and the craving has kicked in with a fury; time to call Stephen.
North Jasper Park in Jasper, AL has been on my list for a while since it has been played by the majority of the Dogleg crew and also due to its short driving distance from Birmingham. For those of you that are unaware of where this course is located, please do not consult with Yahoo Maps or you will wind up in a random industrial park in the back water of Jasper wondering why the only vehicle in the parking lot appears to be the semi-trailer truck that was featured in “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”.
I did not bring my discs with me this time (sound familiar?) and Stephen let me borrow some of his. I was pretty stoked about this but unfortunately the only bag I could find to carry my gear was a large mesh football practice bag with my former high school’s slogan and number. Great – throw in a gnarled hickory branch to carry it and I’m headed off to the nearest rail yard to board a box car bound for a hobo life of panhandling and malt liquor. Aside from the bag, I was able to try out some new discs Stephen had gotten in. The Ching Prism did not rank very high for use as a driver; I would have similar distance and flight pattern if I thawed a DiGiorno pizza and attempted to throw it. I primarily used an Innova Monarch for a driver and after getting used to it, I was throwing it as well as the Dragon – not too shabby, but I still missed the Dragon. Stephen finished par for the course and I finished 3 over. Overall I greatly enjoyed this park and would definitely play it again. Below are some highlights and also shortcomings of North Jasper Park.
- No poison oak, few trees and essentially flat terrain – made for an easy day of tall boys and relaxation
- There is a swimming pool adjacent to the course that was filled in with dirt and currently has a garden planted in it (ladders and other accessories still attached)
- Regularly mown – easy to find discs if they’ve traveled off the path
- Porta-john – few courses I’ve been to rarely have anything vaguely resembling a toilet
- The majority of the holes are around 200 feet
- Not many disc golf players – can leisurely enjoy each hole
- Walkers and joggers are rampant on sidewalk throughout course – watch out!
- Dead raccoon
- Somewhat difficult to find if not familiar with the area or using Yahoo Maps