Living Wright: Disc golf with a side of natural tranquility
BY JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writer
Thursday, January 24, 2013
1/24/13 at 6:22 AM
As I write this, the last bit of blue sky I enjoyed - not counting what I saw on the way to the doctor to find out I had the flu - was this past Saturday at Chandler Park, 6500 W. 21st St.
Although I had been there to see the Christmas lights with Chef Larry a few years ago, I'd never seen the park during daylight, let alone ventured outside the car.
But with this weekend's nearly 70-degree opportunity to be outside, I couldn't say no to Pam and Wendy's invitation to play disc golf, which I hadn't done in 10 years.
Of course, by "play disc golf," they mostly meant "bring us beer," but it was too gorgeous a day to pass up.
They have three dogs, one of which is mildly possessed by Satan. That in mind, Chandler is more wide open and accommodating than other parks P&W visit to let their dogs play while they hone their disc golf skills.
There was a disc golf tournament the day we visited, and I appointed myself P&W's valet. I thought about having them call me Bates, but they don't watch "Downton Abbey."
Mostly, I just enjoyed the scenery, people-watched and tried learning more about the different discs used in the game.
"Is that a Starbird or a Destroyer?" a guy asked Pam, prompting visions of "Star Trek" to warp through my head.
"How's the Ion different from the Anode?" another guy asked. At this point, it was like overhearing Swahili, so I paid more attention to the natural setting.
Actually, playing 18 "holes" of disc golf is a fun way to get to see the park. On a few certain holes, at least this time of year, you can see the skyline through the bare-limbed trees.
To be so close to downtown and the refineries, Chandler seems delightfully farther away from reality, if you will - an easy escape from the distractions of daily life. Were it not for all the disc golf hubbub (which, to be honest, ended up being a ton of fun), it was almost church-like in its tranquility. And that's pretty ironic, considering it's also a great spot to bring possessed puppies.
Original Print Headline: Nature and discs
Playing 18 "holes" of disc golf is a fun way to take in the scenery. Tulsa World file