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Disc Golf Disc Golf Stories Miscellaneous

Disc Golf Stories, No. 12

It was 1998 and I was living in Scottsdale, Arizona, when a disc golfing friend – Ron Klein – informed me that he was driving to California to retrieve items from storage, and wondered if I wanted to take a disc golf road trip to the west coast?

We played several courses while visiting The Golden State, the most memorable of which was DeLaveaga, in Santa Cruz.

Upon arrival, we learned that a local monthly disc golf tournament was just about to begin, and so we both paid a nominal entry fee to enter the event.

It was a small field and there were only two divisions – Ron signed up for Pro, and I signed up for Amateur – scheduled to play one round of 27-holes.

I’d played here once before, and hoped that my performance during this particular event would be competitive. When finished, all of the scorecards were submitted and official results tallied.

Although several of the top players from the Santa Cruz area were absent – playing instead at a PDGA tournament held in San Diego – it was nevertheless very cool to hear the Tournament Director announce that the winners of both divisions were from Arizona!

In addition to receiving my payout for winning, I also sold a dozen t-shirts to the local club following the event – contributing to a fun disc golf road trip!

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Graphics Photography

Summer Sailing

Visit my galleries at Pixels and/or Zazzle to enjoy products featuring this stylized vintage photograph of a sailboat on the Pacific Ocean, as seen from Hermosa Beach, CA. Happy sailing!

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Disc Golf Disc Golf Stories Miscellaneous

Disc Golf Stories, No. 10

In June of 1998, myself and three friends – Mike Milne, Jon Poole and Jeff Knudsen – traveled from Scottsdale, Arizona, to Sylmar, California, to compete in a weekend disc golf tournament called the “3rd Summertime Open”.

For some reason which I cannot recall, a makeshift course had been established at the Veterans Memorial Park. The event consisted of two 18-hole rounds on Saturday, and a final 24-hole round to be played on Sunday.

During the third round while playing on one of the added baskets, I birdied using my midrange Comet disc as a putter – a slightly downhill anhyzer putt around a tree, flattening to finish left. A somewhat unorthodox shot, though I did record the only birdie and took honors on the tee pad.

The next fairway was up the side of a hill, with the basket visible on the top and front edge. Also visible was a road (OB, penalty stroke) running across the fairway – situated at a distance, which, as we each discussed, may be within reach of a long drive?

I decided to put everything I had into my drive, believing that I could throw far enough to land safely beyond the road. I crushed it, with 4-feet to spare! However, my disc grabbed the hillside turf and spit backwards, finishing to rest barely in-bounds and teetering on the top edge of the curb. Seeing this, the following three competitors, as I would have, all played it safe with shorter drives.

I was last to play my second shot and first needed to spot my mark to the side, in order so that I was able to throw from within the fairway boundary. With approx. 150-feet remaining, I launched my Magnet putter uphill and into the chains for the only birdie in our group!

I played well in two of three rounds during the tournament. Not enough to win, but I nevertheless fondly recall my uphill deuce.

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Abstract Structures

Pier Pieces

Enjoy this abstract artwork based on a photograph of the pier located in Hermosa Beach, California. You can enjoy this on a wall in your home by visiting my gallery at Pixels. Select between several different options available – framed, canvas, art, metal, wood and/or acrylic.

Hope to see you soon!

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Graphics Photography

Hermosa Beach, California

Enjoy this stylized image of a photograph I shot under the pier at Hermosa Beach, California. I’ve added it to my galleries at Pixels and Redbubble – check it out!

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Photography Products

Vintage Hermosa Beach, CA

Enjoy a poster of this vintage sepia tone photograph of Hermosa Beach, California. Other items available include coffee mugs, t-shirts and cooking aprons. Thanks for stopping by.

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Nature Photography

California Lifeguard Station

This vintage summer photograph of a lifeguard station and truck was taken at Hermosa Beach, California, on the Pacific Ocean. If you’d like a poster, then please visit my gallery at Zazzle. Different sizes available.

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Nature Photography

Sailing At Sunset

This photograph was taken at Hermosa Beach, California, and features a sailboat on the horizon of the Pacific Ocean at sunset. I’ve added it to my gallery at Fine Art America – drop by for a visit, sometime…

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Photography Structures

City Night Lights

Enjoy this textural digital artwork of lights glowing at night, as seen in this urban photograph of San Francisco, California. A variety of print types are available for a wall in your home, or at your place of business – simply visit my gallery at Fine Art America to select what best suits your interests. Thanks for stopping by!

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Photography Structures

Pier On The Pacific

This summer photograph was taken under the pier at Hermosa Beach, California, on the Pacific Ocean. It is available in my gallery at Fine Art America on a variety of print types, including: framed, canvas, acrylic, wood, metal and art prints. Other items are also available. Enjoy the summer sun all year long, on a wall in your home or at the office!

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Products Structures

Morning In Hermosa Beach Wall Clock

 

It’s a clock inside of a wall clock, featuring a choice between real or static time. This city silhouette design of a morning sunrise is based on a photograph taken in Hermosa Beach, California. The clock is available in natural wood, black or white frames, and has a 10″ diameter with a high-impact plexiglass crystal face and a backside hook for easy hanging. Choose black or white hands. Clock sits 1.75″ deep and requires 1 AA battery (not included). Enjoy!

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Disc Golf Disc Golf Stories Miscellaneous

Disc Golf Stories, No. 3

I was living in Scottsdale, Arizona during the year 1998, and had on four occasions the opportunity to travel to California to play disc golf. On the first road trip, my friend Jon Poole and I drove all over the state playing as many courses as we could discover. This particular disc golf story took place at the DeLaveaga disc golf course in Santa Cruz.

Prior to leaving, some locals at the Shelly Sharpe Memorial disc golf course at Vista del Camino Park had suggested that we visit Delaveaga while in California. Taking their advice, it was a challenging course with a diverse variety of hole layouts and elevation changes, and to this day remains one of my favorite courses ever played.

After arriving, we played more than 2 rounds before it became too dark to continue, and also played another round the following morning.

During our first round, my friend and I were each tied at a score of 4 over par heading into the last hole, referred to as the “Top of the World” for its elevated mountain view. We approached the tee area, encountering a local player who asked if he could join us to throw the 27th hole. As we looked over the fairway below with the basket set at a distance of 550 feet, he remarked that this hole was renowned for its difficulty, and, as my friend and I had never seen this course before, such sentiment seemed reasonable.

As a side note, the world distance record in disc golf had been broken earlier that year by professional disc golfer Scott Stokely, using a Discraft 167 gram XL to throw 693.3 feet.

I had honors to throw first and aimed my 169 gram XL to the right, released slightly downward with an anhyzer angle. The shot drifted to the right so much that, for a moment, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever see my disc again. But then it dipped back, turning left and floating for what seemed like forever.

When the disc finally landed, it was roughly 25 feet from the basket and almost out of bounds near the road. Jon put his approach shot near the basket, and I sank my putt to finish 3 over par.

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Photography Structures

Vintage Hermosa Beach, California

Enjoy this vintage sepia tone photograph of a sandy beach along the Pacific Ocean at the pier in Hermosa Beach, California. Visit my gallery at Pixels to secure a print (framed, canvas, metal, acrylic, poster) as a decorative addition to a wall in your home, or at the office. Many customization options are available to make it your own!

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Graphics Products

California Dreaming T-shirt

 

Take in the sun and the sand of summer at the Pacific Ocean with this cool California t-shirt graphic design! Many different apparel options are available featuring this design, such as: tank top, racerback, crewneck, pullover hoodie, zip hoodie and baseball tee. Enjoy!

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Nature Photography

Sailing On The Pacific Ocean

This photograph of saturated colors features sailboats on the Pacific Ocean under a glowing moon, with sandy California beaches in the foreground. Many print types (framed, canvas, acrylic, metal, posters) are available in my gallery at Pixels, as well as other items…check it out!

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Products Structures

Pacific Ocean Pier Notebook

 

This spiral notebook features a stylized vintage photograph of the pier on the Pacific Ocean at Hermosa Beach, California. Contains 120 pages, printed on the front cover and is available in a selection of ruled or graph pages. It also has a handy document pocket inside the back cover. Enjoy!

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Pacific Ocean Pier iPhone Case

 

Protect your investment with this nicely designed iPhone case, featuring grunge-style imagery of a Pacific Ocean pier located in Hermosa Beach, California. Many different models are available for the iPhone 6-5-4, as well as the Samsung Galaxy. Enjoy!

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Photography Products

Hermosa Beach, California Pier

 

Choose among more than 30 frames to customize this Hermosa Beach, California framed print to suit your style. Featuring a pier on the Pacific Ocean, this sunset photograph includes distant billowing clouds and volleyball courts in the foreground. Other items are also available – so, stop by for a visit!

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Golden Gate Bridge Framed Print

 

Enjoy this framed print featuring my rendition of the Golden Gate Bridge, a three mile long suspension bridge over the San Francisco Bay in California. Available in several sizes with many framing options to select.

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Products Structures

Hermosa Beach, California Framed Print

Stop by my gallery at Fine Art America to discover various print types featuring this design…