.... Your rounds must be terribly disappointing.
I have only 3 aces to my credit even though I've been playing basket disc golf for 25 years.
Hmmm, thinking about swope. Unfortunately I don't really know where all the shorts are on that course. Where are the short pins on #12, #13, #16? are they truly ace shots? anything that is greater than say 350ft and doesn't allow a clean hyzer or straight-to-hyzer shot isn't an ace possibility in my game.
Ok, enough badmouthing my game there Mister!
Yes I am often disappointed by my game!
Well I think that I am at 9 now, and first played in 1978, started playing on chains in 1983, and got my first ace in 1999.....
#12, just past the tree line, downhill, slightly over probably like 290', curiously enough this was my first Ace in October on 1999, back when the Dobie was there, as were all the trees protecting the basket, up away, and pad not as close to the old fence. All my knucklehead friends were throing acorns at me as well as I threw it in!
#13, short pad just to the short pin, prolly like ~260'
#16 short is like 280'
I think that you can get Swope down under 3900' if you play it right. Or get it close to 8400' on the Gold layout.
I have had to set it up pretty short for quite a few work functions and team buildings, so it can play pretty darn simple.
An for many people, an Ace is just a bad shot that got lucky is what I have been told. Your analogy of drop in shots is the best planning!