Posted by rolltidethrow
A funny think happened to me on the way to do some bridge maintenance at Bowers last week. I met three guys on hole 12 pro tee that encouraged me to sign up and perhaps submit material here on dogleg. So, after a week of procrastinating and watching the terrible news involving the tornadoes in the midwest, I finally got the gumption to sit down and type out my thoughts and say hello.
For those that don’t know, Bowers Park is in beautiful sunny Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Yes, a tornado came through, and yes it did damage, but a lot of work has been done to make it playable, and all 18 holes are playable. The course is maintained by three groups. Tuscaloosa county Parks and Recreational Authority or PARA owns the property and does minimal work. Tuscaloosa Disc Golf Club is the official group that does trimming, brush clearing and rotates basket locations. Then there is this super secret disc golf society that I, myself belong to, called the Bowers Park Holes that do a lot of work behind the scenes. I will tell you about the Holes, how we got our name, what we do, and how we do it in another post.
Bowers is one of the more challenging courses in Alabama, and has a reputation amongst the players for eating discs and causing bogies. More than one player in the Eat Sleep Disc series declined to come to Bowers, citing it was the hardest course on the tour and would be difficult to compete in. My friends and I just call it home. The course has three tees for each hole. The blacks were added last fall for all holes and make it quite a challenge for the pros. Each hole also has three positions and some even have a fourth, but until all eighteen holes have a fourth, we will just have positions A, B, and C for now. The month of June will see the positions shift from B to short. The tee to pin distance ranges greatly from under 200 in some positions to nearly 500 on Hole 3 long. The terrain ranges from open with little trees on Hole 1 to a ‘hairy booger’ on any hole of the back nine you choose to throw. It’s a good hike up and down hills, across creeks and through the woods, but in the end youwill find that there is something for every thrower, newbie to pro, lefty to righty.
That being said, I will be posting things about Bowers, encouraging all of you to come throw. The invitation is there, every 7:30 Saturday mornings.