Many thanks to the DiscNation crew: Zam (thanks for the love letter o.O), Zj, Jeff, and Shannon for a warm welcome and some good fun on the Austin disc golf scene. Zj is a hell of a shooter, but considering the caliber of courses he's surrounded by that's no surprise! The driving range at DiscNation is nothing short of incredible. Every site that sells discs should imitate DN in this regard. Test before you buy?? YES PLEASE.
Ended up playing Roy G and Circle C in Austin. Roy G was beautiful but very long and not quite as dynamic as I would have liked. It definitely deserves at least a 4/5. Circle C was nothing shy of amazing. I absolutely loved that course. Solid 4.5/5, maybe damn near 5/5. Houston scene was meh, not bad but not amazing. I could live with it but given the choice I'd take Austin hands down anyday. Managed to sneak up to Shawshank while I was down there too. Played a full 23 hole round with the owner Mr. Du Frane. He's a riot, and a damn magician when it comes to throwing rollers. That course... Wow. Beautiful, brutal, dynamic, but simple. He'll tell you straight up he designed the course to make you use every shot in the game, and he's not lying. Don't believe me? Call him up and have him play a round with you. The guys a disc golf madman, in the best way imaginable. He'll deuce holes you'll 4, just because you don't look at the shot the right way. Loved it.
One thing I can tell you with absolute certainty though is I will never scoff at someone again when they say they are having trouble gripping plastics. I've never had so much sweat on my hands during a round before. Everything about my normal pull was off due to grip, and it was severely frustrating. I could see playing down there in the winter, but forget about summer, I'm just not equipped for that climate! Also, when they warn you to carry water on the Texas courses, TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. I must have gone through a gallon without any urge to urinate all afternoon. All in all, a great trip. Very glad I was able to make it down.
P.S. Humidity sucks!
I am dumb.
...and a drama queen.