Founzan Disc Golf Course

Hole 1
65m, straight shot, mildly wooded

Hole one’s basket is visible from the teepad, but scattered trees throughout the entire fairway make birdies only possible to those with the straightest/luckiest of throws off the pad.  Most of  the kids I’ve played with have learned the hard way that if you aren’t careful with your first shot you’ll easily take a couple strokes bouncing off trees before you’re in putting range.  Players with strong arms need to look out for the bull pen hazard (full of bulls, their excrement, or both depending on the time of day you’re playing) just past the basket to the right.

Sawadogo Gilles lining up drive for hole one

Sawadogo Gilles lining up a drive for hole one

bull pen hazard visible in background, hole one fairway approach shots

bull pen hazard visible in background, hole one fairway approach shots

Hole 2
62m, tunnel shot to dogleg right

If you can get out of the low ceiling, 5m wide tunnel that makes up the first half of this hole, you can expect a par; if you want a birdie though, a well placed, low, right curving (backhand anhyzer or forehand) shot is all that will work.  Any misfire through the tunnel will slap your disc right out of the air, or throw it back into that bull pen on the right depending on your luck that day.  Basket is protected by trees around the back and left sides so an overthrown approach shot isn’t going to make much of a difference.  Great flick shot for learners.

a rastaman's heart sinks as his disc is swatted to the ground by hole two's low tunnel ceiling

a rastaman’s heart sinks as his disc is swatted to the ground by hole two’s low tunnel ceiling

hole two putting

hole two putting

Hole 3
66m, dogleg left

The base of hole 3 is visible straight ahead through the trees and bushes, but the best route to the basket is around the right of a large tree in the center of the fairway.  Nate Blunk somehow rolled it under/through the brush to the left of said tree on his first play through for a birdie, prompting me to angrily move the teepad to the right after the round to avoid future bushwacking of this nature.  This is the hardest birdie of the course in my opinion, because of the big curve you need in order to hit the dogleg left without throwing too high and getting caught in tree limbs.  Does any of this make sense to my non-disc golf readers?

a student takes an unorthodox anhyzer route through hole three's dogleg

a student takes an unorthodox anhyzer route through hole three’s dogleg

round one's winner and course record holder:  Nate Blunk (2 under par).  still not over this

round one’s winner and course record holder: Nate Blunk (2 under par)

As you can probably tell from these pictures, I recently had some visitors.  On May 29th at 2:00 in the morning, a plane carrying four of my favorite people landed in the airport in Ouagadougou.  The Blunk family’s second ever West African adventure was extremely well spent and a huge highlight of my service so far.  The disc golf course is what I was doing with my time before their arrival though, so I decided to share it now.

Thanks for reading.  More holes and posts to come soon.

4 réflexions sur “

  1. I just got called one of your four favorite people – and am crying like a baby. over disc golf. and a lot of other amazing things. Great post CPB. Well done.

  2. Wonderful, Clay. What a gift. I can envision disc golf as an Olympic sport. Burkina Faso as the first world champion and you, rightfully so, their coach. GPa.

  3. Hello Clayton. Looks like you are honing you disc golf game skills. We just had a circle picnic tonight and we were missing you and your brothers. Hope all is well. We enjoy reading your blog. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    John and Eileen

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