It's been over two years that the timbers were displaced. Today the wall is back. Shawn Harmon was huge help. It was a pleasant suprise, it made for the disappointment the day before. Thanks Shawn! Shawn is also going to help me tomorrow. You'll need to come out to winter league & check that out. I think it will be obvious, we'll see. I got a call from Bangham but we had it under control. Thanks for the offer Dean.
Without starting a new post this is an update. Shawn suggested putting rocks in front of the timbers so we did. It looks nice but I'm not sure how it will function after the water runs.
Hole 9 is mine Grimes, now take your Italian Sausage fingers off of it. All i want from you is about a couple thousand rocks to line both sides of the fairway. Then clear out about another 75 feet behind and slightly to the right of current basket, and build around a 20 ft mound to put the basket on top of. After you do all that put my name on it, oh and by the way thanks in advance. One last request i forgot about frank. The large tree just left and in front of the tee that blocks big anhyzer shots, i need that removed. Twenty years ago that thing was the size of a 5 ft bush and was quite easy to throw over. I hope your passion can accomodate my needs brother, otherwise i'll have to find someone else to do all the work so i can take ownership of my hole. Let me know how long this will all take, i was thinking you could have all this done by thanksgiving.
You crack me up Flash. What I'll do is put that on the to do list. Short term I'll make a sign & stick it in the ground with your name on it. I'll stick it on the right of the short tee pad. We have to think of a name, it used to be Harmon's Hill.
I love the idea of the names on the holes. I'd really like to see a person/player take "ownership" of a hole. Each person can find their own way to make it theirs, whether it be interesting touches along the way, like a custom path, or signage, adding a broom to the tee box. There are a lot of ways to make a hole yours without impeding the path of the disk. I once spoke to Frank about using the rocks he dug up at Channahon to make some interesting rock formations on one of the holes. Obviously, it would have to be done in good taste, and not impede the game. Other players will have other interesting ideas that I haven't thought of. But, my thought is that by allowing someone to take ownership of a hole at a course will encourage them to keep it clean and in top shape. This lowers the burden on some of the great people who now take care of way too much. Doing too much will wear on you after a while, and I would rather take the burden off of someone then to let them burn out and lose their help forever.
Plus, it would just add a ton of personality to a course if each hole was improved by a different player who took it seriously.
I want to respond to the end of your message first. If you are referring to me, my effort is a passion of love & it's effortless. It is not work but a joy! My pay is the complements from golfers that have been a huge support to me & are friends. I will not take credit for your rock idea, it will not happen at any course from me & told you why. Thanks for the thought. Jason Poole gets my mind working. Let me share the process on #4 (Channahon of course), maybe 6 years total. Gary suggested looking at the berms at Romeoville. It took some time to check that out, a year maybe longer. Then to do something at Channahon. #4 seem to be the most obvious. (water) As that berm evolved, I couldn't get it high enough to have a mower cut the grass & still get what I wanted, Thus the box. Then we have the concrete with fiber mesh, & self leveling sealant. From there we go to the angles from the flat. Jason Poole jumped in there with our J-Town logo. Roy Carey gave me input on the location on #2's basket & #14's tee pad. It's not all me. Stay Alert! Stay Alive!
Well........ I was mistaken, I thought it would take at least three people to set the timbers. I only called once & nobody showed up. The army of one got er dun! The hard part, the bottom row, I made time to play in the afternoon.
I forgot about you dp. Expect a call. My hands have not adapted to the chilly morning yet. Maybe 10:00-10:30. Anyone else? I know Jason Poole will help later in the afternoon. I just need one more for a morning installation. The timbers are very dry & not as heavy when they were new. Just trying to get a couple things done for the 1st day of winter league.
I'm not sure if this is the best sight to ask for help......we'll see. I'm attempting to disassemble the timbers on #2 at Channahon tomorrow. What needs to be done is setting the 6" x 8" x 16' timbers on anchor bolts. The problem comes with setting the timbers directly over the bolts. They can't be dragged or it will bend the bolts. What we need to do is pick up the timbers & set them directly over the bolts. Eight people would be nice but I think we can do it with six. Please pass it on to someone that will be willing to help, maybe Wednesday or Thursday. I think it's going to take most of the day to take them apart. they were put together not to come apart, like the baskets.
We're talking way back in time. The only hole I was reminded of was Harmon's Hill #9 & Scott Harmon reminded me of that. I played with Dennis often & his drives were awesome. He threw effortlessly, like Flash. It seems with his struggle, he simply gave up. I miss Dennis. by the way, the picture of Darrin reminds me of Kotter.
Thor, It's extremely unlikely I'll play in this tournament, but I'd like to help out. If there is something I can do I'd be happy to help out. It may give someone else the opportunity to play. Let me know.
After nearly two years we're moving ahead to get the timbers back in place on #2. I had help today shooting the grade & mixing 14 80lb. bags of sakrite. The Park bought the concrete & that saved me some money. My help to today wants to remain anonymous. he was a big deal, I couldn't shoot the grade by myself. What was done is three piers were dug 42" deep with anchors special anchors, fabricated by Amos (Park) to secure the bottom timbers. Re-bar was also put in. If this doesn't work we'll have a big mess. There was 14" of water in the bottom of the holes. There is good & bad in most things, the drought made this possible, but no help for the grass seed on #11. Sooooo..... now that has to be done is dismantle the timbers with 12" spikes & re- bar. By the way I asked Tom McManus for suggestions & he suggested I do this. It brings me back to what a network of people we have. Of course J-Town is the best!!!
There are many pieces to our J-Town puzzle that fit perfectly. What ever the occasion people step up, what a great bunch of people!!! Thanks Jesse & all that you mentioned to make it a special day. It's a work of art. By the way, not much gets by Jason Poole.
I want to bring attention the kind of man Gary is. He mentioned at the picnic at the discs I was looking for were gone. He then found what I wanted & gave them to me at the awards presentation. There is a ton of stuff going on at these affairs & he had the presence of mind to give me what I was looking for. Not only did he do that for me, he's done that for many over the years. Would you post something he's done for you or someone you know. I want to mention Gary is an icon relative to disc golf. He is in the Disc Golf Hall of Fame! He is very special & many what he's made of.
Today was a big deal for me, thankyou. The plaque is beautiful. The wood is like furniture. The first thing I did when I got home is showed Jeanie. She was moved & wanted to know who wrote the words. I assumed Jesse. Anyway, she said that's not going in your room, & made space on the mantle. I've said this before about you all being extended family. Everyone means much to me. I know I'm loved & the love goes back. What a Great bunch of people!!! Thanks again with all my heart!!!
I see Matt is TD of this tournament. I'm sure it will be OK, but Matt needs to go through the Channahon Park District. Ellen Macuba is the person to contact, 815 521-3005. if you need my help, let me know.