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Disc Golf BasicsThe game of disc golf is said to be the fastest growing sport in the world today. There are some very obvious reasons why. It’s free (apart from a few bucks for a disc or two). It’s outdoors. It’s pretty easy on the body (can play it for years and years). It’s social meaning that it’s intended to be played with friends. It’s everywhere…meaning it’s a true international sport.

Side Note: Here’s a quick demographic put together by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) that shows just how much the sport has grown from 2009 – 2011 outside the US.

Probably the most exciting aspect of disc golf and the reason I believe it is attracting so many new players is that it is a relatively easy sport to learn, but difficult to master. The allure of a better round seems to always bring you back.

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Disc Golf Basics: Discs

Steve —  6.21.2012 — 1 Comment

So, you’ve decided to give disc golf a shot, but you’re not sure where to start. Keep reading and let’s see if we can change that.

Obviously, the first place to start is discs since you can’t play disc golf without discs. If you happen to catch any video of disc golf or know someone who has been playing a while, you’ll notice something very quickly – they all carry a bag full of discs. The natural question is, “Why would they need so many?” or “Do I need to go get twenty discs for my first round?”

Let’s tackle that second question and in the process, we’ll probably answer the first.

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My bagI was introduced to a new sport in college. I can still remember a group of buddies stopping by my room and telling me to grab a frisbee and come with them. So I grabbed one and headed out the door not knowing what this was all about.

I soon found out that we were playing something called frisbee golf. The rules were pretty simple: from a common throwing spot, try to hit a predetermined object in as few throws as possible. We all used roughly the same type of frisbee even though this wasn’t a requirement, it just made it more fair.

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Tukey Hunt II

Steve —  12.7.2011 — 2 Comments

Turkey Hunt II
I thought it might be a good idea to document the second annual Turkey Hunt – a scavenger hunt meets Geo-caching meets family fun activity I developed last year and decided to continue again this year. I knew that I had to at least maintain the level of complexity to fun ratio that we all had last year, but I was really trying to do better. I’ll let you be the judge…

The participants were my brother and his family and my family – not even my wife was privy to the workings of the Hunt, which meant she could play right along. We also had to do this on Friday night after the Arkansas vs. LSU game (we won’t go into detail on this subject) because Saturday was supposed to be rainy all day. Luckily, I planned for rain.

This year started with three anonymous texts to my wife, brother and his wife. Each with one word each that when you put them together kicked off the Hunt officially. The words were UNDER, WELCOME, MAT. There they found an envelope with a letter stating the Hunt was now underway should they want to play.

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The Great Turkey Hunt

Steve —  11.29.2010 — 2 Comments

I LOVE puzzles and this year, I decided to spice up the Thanksgiving holiday by creating a modern-day treasure hunt. Everyone was coming to our house and it was all coming together quite nicely.

It all started with a delivery by my neighbor that had a box with a letter and a bag of items inside. He relayed a story of how he came into possession of the box (great job BTW) that was very Indiana Jones/Men in Black-ish. The kids were in awe and as soon as the door was closed, they were in the box.

The letter outlined the game and had one hint on it that led to a map where 12 plastic bottles were hidden. On the back, it had what looked like notes from someone who had been tracking the treasure for some time (ala Myst). Included were GPS coordinates to the bottles and the plan was to walk the neighborhood and find these bottles, but the weather had a different idea as it rained the entire day. So, we loaded up the van and a follow car and headed out.

It was quite a sight to see – me and three little boys running around in the rain looking for little plastic bottles with only the GPS unit guiding the way. After crossing back and forth over the one square mile that made up the playing field, we finally had all 12 bottles in hand. Now it was back home to find out what they contained.

Inside each bottle was a multiple-choice Thanksgiving trivia question and each was marked with a roman numeral from 1 to 12.

I had the best time designing the game and the treasure was worth the effort and we now have a memory that will last a lifetime, which is the point of holidays I have to say. Good luck and post a comment on how you did.

Hay Maze: Evolution

Steve —  11.1.2010 — 4 Comments

I’ve always wanted to design and build a hay maze. It goes back to my fascination with puzzles and secret passages. So, when I got the chance to design and build one for our company’s Halloween carnival, I was giddy to say the least, but how to start. After a few minutes, the idea came to me to use Lego blocks to build it. So I raided my son’s collection for all of the 1×2 blocks I could find and set to work. Below is the evolution of that process.

Of course I had to do a 3D model.

Here’s the finished maze.

And the kids loved it.

The maze consisted of 100 bales of straw hay that was loaned to us by the Schaeffer’s from the Mayflower Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch fame. If you ever make it out there, make sure to find Ms. Schaeffer and hug her neck…just because she’s good folk.

The carnival was a great success and the hay maze was a first, but certainly won’t be the last. Bigger and better next year! 🙂

Thanks to my teammates in the Training and Development area – everyone worked hard and is still recovering from hauling hay all over the place.