Local Keene Disc Golf club members Derek DeCoste and Galloway Johnson (a.k.a Gally) have started a radio show. It's on Tuesday nights from 9-10pm ET. You can hear it locally on 91.5 WOOL.FM from Bellows Falls Vermont. You can also listen online
We talk mostly Disc Golf for the first 30 minutes of the show. We discuss local Disc Golf happenings as well as topics from the larger Disc Golf community. We throw in some music and will invite people to call in if you are listening live. (number on the wool.fm website). The rest of the hour we give our opinions on sports topics with a general leaning toward the New England Sports Teams.
We will also throw in some special interviews with people from the local Disc Golf community, and really any sports related activities that people would want to chat about. Send us email to Uderstableg@gmail.com
with suggestions or if you know someone interesting in the sports world that might want to chat with us.
We are also @understableg on Twitter and understableg on instagram
Below is an archive of our show as well as two interviews Derek has done so far. More to come...
Interview With Rob Breckenridge and his Ultra Marathon he did this past Summer.
Interview with Tournament Director Derek Dussault
Thats right, the group above! No really...that motley looking crew is kind of a big deal!
And I couldn't be prouder to be one of them.
Yes we are a little rough around the edges.
Occasionally swear, maybe have a few beverages, vape like chimneys, and can be heard from 4 holes away.
But you know what else Brookies do? Crush disc golf!! I mean really crush it.
Otter Brook IS a big deal because this group of ruffians put in countless rounds and countless hours of their time making Otter Brook what it is.
So, you ask, what was the big deal last year? Well...
70+ paid members
Countless other players that enjoy the course (more than 1200 people came through the gate and said they were playing disc golf in 2017)
8 tournaments with over 350 players from all over New England.
A great Sunday league
An Improving TC group
A super fun Wednesday night doubles league (Im sure weather will be better this year)
Donated 600$ to local non-profit
Ended year with 1000$ more than what we started with
Course is looking and playing better than it ever has
Helped support NH biggest tournament, by being a hole sponsor
We have the fastest emergency tree removal response team around
And Food, yeah we do that too
There are a million other things folks do for the course on a daily basis. picking up trash, cleaning off fairways, helping TD's out, just being good stewards of the property we are fortunate to have.
And to keep doing all this stuff we need you!
Yes we have a core group that gets shit done. But the people in that group weren't always in that group. They wanted to see something happen at the course and they stepped up! I wasn't even part of the original 9 holes being cut or planted. I wasn't part of "core group" and was so shy about my playing ability I would not do league. But I did help out a little bit and met some guys. I did play league and found out it wasn't as scary as I thought. Then I TD'd my first event and that was scary! But people stepped up and helped and it got easier.
So if you are new, we dont bite. Jump in with what you can do and be part of this. As I say EVERY year, Otter Brook does not happen magically. Tourneys dont just happen, 10m circles dont just pop from the ground, downed trees dont just disappear. Its ALWAYS someone stepping up and making the course better. And at the end the day, you have done your part, for sure your putting will improve...(its a scientific fact) and you will have probably made a friend or two.
And that is a big deal!
Otter Brook is what it is today thanks to the generosity of countless individuals and organizations. So many people have supported us so many ways over the past 8+ years. Thousands of dollars, and who knows how many thousands of work hours have been gifted to us to help build this beautiful course and bring together this amazing group of friends that call Otter Brook home.
Our local community and our disc community were there for us when we asked. Now we want to give a little something back and pay that generosity forward!
The idea started this spring and after some discussion the decision was made to choose The Monadnock Conservancy. (https://www.monadnockconservancy.org/) They are a very local organization, and when we read their mission statement it seemed to echo many of the sentiments and feelings we have for our course. We reached out to their staff and they even came out to play a few holes with us. In the end we thought this would be a great organization to try to help out and support. And of course we thought the best way would be to get some folks together and play a round or two!!
And we have some other local folks helping us.
The Brewers of Nye Hill Farm (http://www.nyehillbrewers.com/) in Roxbury are going to help us out in the adult beverage department and Jersey Mikes (https://www.jerseymikes.com/37001/keene-nh) is going to hook us up with some subs for lunch! We are getting some Trilogy discs and working on getting some other stuff for a raffle.
So Brookies, we are asking you to chip in to help the Monadnock Conservancy. Best way is to sign up for the event and come play on October 6th. But if you cant do that, consider throwing a little ching their way so they can continue to do the work they do:
"Protect and steward land that contributes to ecological health, wildlife habitat, water quality, outdoor recreation, and working farms and forests"
I am a fan of the outdoor recreation part!!!
So the game plan is Random Dubz in morning, lunch, raffle and then singles for whoever is down in the afternoon. The hope is that we will be getting a bunch of first timers that we will be introducing to disc golf and our course. To be clear, this is a fundraiser for The Conservancy. Leave your PDGA number at home :-) ALL MONEY after buying the discs goes to them.
So come on Otter Brook, we have over 70 members... lets rally the troops and give something back to our community, the same community that came through for us when we asked!
Well gang its mid summer and time for a little reflection on what is going on at Otter Brook. Couple things come to mind.
73 paid members! More members than we have tags. More members than I would ever have guessed 4 years ago. I chalk this up to having a club worth being a member of, having a course worth supporting and people that understand that free courses are not really free and are willing to support that.
Thats a great combo!
What do I even say? It is absolutely gorgeous.
Ways to play
We are in a very interesting time as far as ways to play goes. Tournament attendance seems down from last year. I used to take that personally, but the reality is that there are just so many options to play and only so many weekends in a summer. But at local level, leagues and local play are doing great! A strong Sunday league, 2 leagues on Wednesday, (A Wednesday morning league...really?) bracket play, tag call outs, mob golf and just a good old fashioned round with friends. I think that Otter Brook will keep doing what its doing, present quality events that people hopefully want to come too. And a reminder...All of these events were started by players that had never run an event before. They saw something they wanted to do and did it. Derek Dussault and Mr Sippys,(and wig round and the only glow round and vendor events etc etc), Bob and Mike with Solstice Scrambles and Summer of Dubz, PH3 and Wednesday night Dubz, Derek Decoste and Clark with our fall fundraiser for Monadnock Conservancy. They had an idea for a fun tourney and made it happen. You have an idea? We will help you make it happen too!
The Women of Otter Brook
One of the more notable changes I have noticed at Otter Brook this summer is the number of women playing! I believe we had 7 women at Trilogy Challenge, and we seem to have a solid group of women coming to Sunday league. Hopefully there is a women's tournament coming to OB in the future!
Clear your calendar, grab your work gloves!
Last year we had an EPIC workday. Getting all those Tees in was amazing. We had great support and we made incredible progress! The goal is to have Otter Brook looking good for our 2018 tournament slate. Or check out our calendar HERE.
I am going to tell you straight out...this year will not be as sexy! So what do we have on the todo list?
2018 workday should really be called 2018 maintenance and preseason cleanup. These are listed in order of importance and what we are going to attack first (more or less).
1) Level and finish Hole #2.
Got to fix our ugly duckling hole. For this we are going to need a lot of manpower or someone with an ATV that is cool navigating through the woods and up hole #1. #2 is mostly done so it wont be horrible, but it still going to take many buckets to get that completed.
2) Level remaining front 9 holes.
Hopefully ATV comes through and we can hit 3 and 8 same time as 2. After that 7, 6, 4, 9, 5, and 1. Hard ones first. The point of re-leveling is to give as a more consistent tee surface and also to raise up rubber so we have less pooling of water and hopefully less ice in the winter
3) Spruce up marking brushes marking our 10 meter circles. This should be a pretty straight forward project, but nice to get done before the park opens.
4) Signage. Our laminated signs did better than I ever thought, but its time for new batch. We will double check lengths of holes and do a new set of signs. Also do a walk through and add arrows and other signage as appropriate. Anyone have one of those measuring wheel things?
5) Help 4 and 6 tees. On hole 4 we want to dig away at the high side to give some room so water has some place to go. Again pooling in summer and less ice in winter. Hole 6 needs some help. Looking for suggestions on that one, but I think we are looking at more rock around the out side and something built into ground to help divert water to one side or the other.
6) Puncheons. This may or may not be a work day thing. All depends on work force. We need to build something new over 6 and a couple of little ones on 3. 6 needs to be done per ACoE, 3 is more cosmetic. Been thinking about a puncheon going across the low spot between 6-7. Again cosmetic.
7) Kiosks. ACoE wants a proposal on this. What we want to build, where we want to put it. Looking for volunteers to help work on this project. Basically, where is best placement, should it be movable for off season etc etc.
So that is my perfect world Workday list...
Yeah yeah yeah, but, "DUDE! What about cutting down trees?" Cutting down trees is its own separate thing. Im sure we will be talking about this as soon as we can start driving down the road to back 9 area. But since you mentioned it... Tree cutting events need to go through Rob B. Period! We need to let ACoE know when we plan to cut. We need to be safe and we need to stick to what we said we were going to cut. More about all that later.
And other non workday project.
1) Lay out back 9 B tees.
2) We need a proposal for where we would like to put practice baskets and possibly a driving net.
3) Learn to play day in conjunction with 2nd Wind Sports this spring
4) Proposal for alternate basket placements.
5) Im sure there are more ideas out there!! Lets here them!
And as always this stuff does not happen with out your help. Its your support both physically and monetarily that makes Otter Brook be what it is.
(1) : an association of persons or groups united by common interests or goals.
So pretty loose definition...league, and being in a league can mean a lot of different things. For Otter Brook I think league means more formal/organized. We have casual rounds, mob rounds, tag rounds, practice rounds and league rounds. League for us also usually means money. Money to pay out, money for Ace Pot, money for the club.
Sunday league which was once almost always random dubz has become more competitive and more score/tag oriented. But then we had folks that felt like donors every week. So we talked about A/B pools. Honestly I think we will get there soon, but for now we dont think we are up for the dedication of managing that.
So what we came up with so folks dont feel like donors, but still want to play with the gang on Sundays is opting out. The deal is if you want to play for money, you still bring your 5$. If not you are in for 2$. 1$ for ace pot, and 1$ for the club.
This is league line up for 2018.
Sunday morning 9:30am. This will be stroke play for money and tag...EXCEPT last Sunday of the month is random dubz.This goes from April 1 till sometime in October. Usually when late fall winter rolls in, we do random dubz just about every Sunday.
Wednesday mornings. This is a new one. While the park is open (Memorial Day to Labor Day), Wednesday mornings (time TBD) will be competitive 5$ buy in. No opt out. You may even see some side bets. Possibly trash talking. Wednesday morning will have its own Ace Pot.
Wednesday evenings. Will be running this summer when the park is open. This is for fun random dubz. No cash just meet some folks and play! (Time TBD)
Wednesday evenings. From April 4th to May 23rd we will be doing 1025 putting at Sesame St. This will be a great warm up for the upcoming summer! Look for details on Facebook in the coming weeks.
People ask, "why these times and formats"? Its because someone said "lets do this"! Simple as that. You want to do a different day, different format...we would love to see it.
Anyway, thats what is going on for leagues this summer. Look forward to seeing you out there!
2017 is in the books and again a dedicated bunch of folks crushed it on so many levels! Im not even sure where to start.
Well lets start with crushing the back 9 tee pads. Because that was an amazing day. 30+ volunteers rolled into OB and some stayed till dark (nice job on Hole 12 guys) and we got as much done in a day on back 9 as took us 6 months on the front 9. It was an amazing show of love for Otter Brook and what can be done when people work together!
Another big thing that was going on behind the scenes was actually formalizing our agreement with Army Corp of Engineers. Yes we had been waiting for years to get this pretty little piece of paper, but in mid October it was official. We have a lease on the property and we are the official operators and maintainers of Otter Brook Disc Golf Course. We also have permissions for final cuts this spring! So we still need to involve ACoE in what we are doing, but simple tasks should be much easier to accomplish going forward. And with that we need to continue what we have been doing! Respecting the property and the other users at Otter Brook. We did an amazing job of keep OB clean this summer and for that I thank each and everyone of you that dragged out a beer can or an iced coffee cup or whatever this summer.
And another big thing! 7 events this year. Im guessing the biggest was Trilogy Challenge Doubles! Huge turn out, awesome day. We also rolled out Wednesday night random dubz this summer. Sundays have been getting more competitive and we wanted to have a more laid back and beginner friendly option. And for you cold weather freaks, Team Challenge has roared back after a disappointing 2016-2017. Team OtterFish has been rolling deep and while record does not reflect , we have been SO close! I believe when we played Queen City we had 5 dubz matches losses decided by 1 stroke!
I know there is a core group that plays a lot, but this course is a haven for way more people than we know. This summer Bob and Sue counted how many folks came through to play while they were manning the gate. This is just when they were there, and who they knew were playing, and only from Memorial Day to Labor day. The number was 1200+ players. I know Derek and Corey were 600 of those....seriously though, the time we put in and the work we do affects way more people than you know.
So here it is 2018. Otter Brook is a technical but fair 18 hole course with some of the best tees in New England and Innova Disc Catchers! (except epic Ace runs on 16, then they spit) We have a solid club and money in the bank.
So you tell me, what now? No, I really mean it....what now. What do you want to see and do? And honestly, nothing or maintaining status quo is not a bad answer. What? You are not in the "inner circle"? There is NO inner circle...I know it may seem like it, but honestly its just people who stepped up. I did not even know Rob, Derek, or Bonner 4 years ago. I just thought I had something to offer.
My things for this year, I want to build a new puncheon on 6, play league, TD 2 events, putt better and get my 900 rating. Oh and the ace thing....
But back to you! How do you want 2018 to look for you? What do you want to see on the course? How do you want to get involved this year? How are you going to leave your mark on Otter Brook. And trust me...every little thing counts. Picking a hole to clean up, helping with league. Becoming a tag holder, making food, poll sawing.
Otter Brook is what it is because new people wander in every year and leave their mark.
So this is the time of year we decide what I will be talking about next year!! You can post ideas on Otter Brook Facebook page, email knhdgc@gmail or text me direct at 603-499-1666
Or just get involved and make it happen.
Stay tuned for Membership details and upcoming club meeting (tentatively 1/27)
The time is here!! Thanks so much for signing up our 4th Solstice Scrambles!
So a couple of things.
1) If you have not been to Otter Brook, these are the BEST directions. USE THEM!! Do not use directions from Disc Golf Scene.
2) The course will be covered with snow. Please ribbon up! Do this to warm discs the day before! Bring spikes if you got them, but looks like there will be enough snow for traction. We have gotten 4"+ today in Keene.
3) Please be on time. The days are short and cold and I dont want folks sitting around. We have a couple things to do in the morning and I want to be heading out to holes at 9:15. We will be registering and having player meeting at the top lot. We will have someone there right around 8AM.
4) Lunch is on the course. You will not have time to go into town or probably even go to your car. Bring out what you need/want for the day.
5) We will be raffling off a bunch of stuff. Everyone will get a ticket in their player pack, but of course we will be selling extras. Among prizes, 2 20$ gift certificates to Brewtopia in Keene. If you like craft beer, you will love Brewtopia!! We will also be auctioning off hole 3 and 8 as starting holes (both rounds) in morning. If you want to "sponsor" a hole besides 3 and 8, you can have it, first come, first serve for 15$ a team. All money goes to after party and Keene Disc Golf Club.
6) We will have a prize for best costume or team theme. This is not mandatory, but could be fun if you are not lame.
7) We will be having the Jim Sicard After Party at Joe Peanuts in Keene after the tourney. We will be buying first round of wings and fries. Will get more depending on raffles and such. This will not go on all night as we need to be out by 7 for their xmas party.
8) People, this is a for fun tournament. A chance to celebrate the season, look back at 2017, meet some new friends and chuck some plastic in one of my favorite places.
Again Mike and I thank you and look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
"Dude, we have a good thing going, why complicate things"?
It is true! I want to complicate things. As a matter of fact I fave been complicating things since I first became involved with KDGC. And there are times it drove me nuts, times I thought it would cost me friends. Talk to Derek, Rob and Mike.
Why the hell would I continue down this path?
Well first lets talk about terms. Where some see complication, I see organization. And honestly that has always been my goal. First I thought some organization would get us a nicer front 9. Then a back 9. Then back 9 tees. And you know why? Selfish selfish reasons...I wanted an awesome course in my backyard for me, my kids and my friends. People before me had started and I wanted to help keep going. Sometimes people say careful what you wish for...well in this case, I got what I wished for and more.
Now I want other people to help keep this going!
Work days for new tees are easy. Work days to talk about goals and finance...going to meetings with ACoE, etc etc are not easy. Thats why you see nice courses fall apart. The initial joy and energy fades. People move on. They literally, move, have kids, find other hobbies, get new jobs. Trust me it happens. My disc golf buddies, my kids, my family, gave way to much blood sweat and money to just say "this is good enough"
So, I want to complicate things again. Not to get bigger and better, but just to make sure that we keep what we have! One of the nicest courses in New England.
The basic idea is to have a strong group to keep Otter Brook being Otter Brook and then some.
Here is my vision for Keene Disc Golf Club organization version 1 (now to be referred to as V.1)
Course Management - Rob
Tourney Director - DD
This is where you go for 90% of your ideas. Want a bench on 2? Talk to Rob. Want to do a charity event for putting impaired, talk to Derek.
Then we have Derek Decoste and I playing our normal roll. ACoE Liaison. We will take these ideas and make sure we can do within parameters of ACoE rules and our lease agreement.
Then comes the important part. Rich Castagna has volunteered to be treasurer. This is where we fund these ideas. The major improvement here will be tighter monetary controls. Not douchey, but just common sense accounting.
The last group, has a function that I think will become more clear over time. The initial thought is that they will act as arbitrators in the event of discord, and also as a group that that guides where KDGC is going goal wise. Do we want to put energy into a new course, do we want to help other courses and things like that. Ideally the membership will help guide that direction.
Down the road this may be an elected type position, but for V.1 we have asked 3 people to be the initial leaders and get us going. Mikey, Clark, and Sean have all said they would bring their talents to OB. So lets go with the Big 3 ;-)
Think V.1!! This is all being put together so that our members and players have a say. And most importantly that we keep and maintain what we have. That said we still need, want all sorts of other help! Want to get more women involved? Lets us know. Are you a great fundraiser? You want to have a kids league? Love organizing sponsors for big events?
Remember though.... with great ideas comes great responsibility.
THIS IS YOUR CLUB!!!
Great things happen when you step up. Trust me!
Just a sub 900 player with time on his hands…a passion for the sport, and something to say.