My first experience, was my Dad, and Mom taking me to Wildwood park back in 1978 in Ottumwa, I played a few holes, then went looking for tadpoles in the water where I think 16 is located. This course was seriously less than 1/2 block from my grandma's, though at the time I think it was just a summer w/e event. Then in 1984 I moved back to Oskaloosa and they had put in a 9 hole course, I of course being of sound mind and thinking that I knew everything, already thought that I knew the sport better than anyone, and started to get rides to the park. Then I met Jim Brennan, and actually purchased my first discs, I believe it was a hammer, and #1 putter, I think, I remember it having hands holding on to it from both, and then a basket in front....shortly afterward, there were the cruiser (which floated, which was cool, since we played renegade golf in Osky, and playing over the water was tough, but better, then in 1987 the Eclipse came out, and by then it was all over.
Actually after I wrecked my motorcycle in 1985, and got out of the hospital and rehab, and the sad realization that baseball was done for me, I started on this sport, played regularly until I moved to KC in 1990, where I couldonly find Swope and it was pay to play, kept asking about this Rosedale course, had a votex I bought here with the Rosedale Memorial Arch, and assumed the course was located there, it wasn't, and after 6 months of looking for it (the guy at Swope told me he had never heard of it, I think he wanted my $8) someone came into Oak Park Mall and listened to my sob story, said they were heading there now, I immediately asked for lunch, followed them there, found it, and then played Rosedale. My first "organized" event was the 1992 World's Biggest, ran by none other than CD....
I moved to Chicago, and my neighbor played, he was from Joliet, where Gary Lewis ran leagues, and then I realized how good KC courses were in comparison, played Water Works before the pads went in one w/e after driving along 9 to NOWHERE but found after getting back to Rosedale, then Olathe, and by this point I had played all the courses in northern IL, central IL, and Wisconsin, Detroit, and mostly central to eastern IA.
When I visited KC after moving to chicago, I was always impressed with the way the courses looked, everyone was clean, easy to follow, and generally a solid test of game. I promised myself when I moved to KC to get involved to help with this wonderful sport, and here you have me, deal with it!!
Thanks Jim !!